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A weekly discussion about China's engagement across Africa hosted by journalist Eric Olander in Hanoi and Asia-Africa scholar Cobus van Staden in Johannesburg.
ABOUT THE HOSTS: Eric Olander is the Managing Editor of The China Africa Project (CAP), an independent, non-partisan multimedia news initiative. Eric has more than 25 years of journalism experience as a chief editor, producer and correspondent at many of the world's leading international news organizations.
 
Cobus van Staden is currently the Senior China-Africa Researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) in Johannesburg, South Africa’s leading foreign policy think tank. His academic research focused on media coverage of the China-Africa and Japan-Africa relationships, as well as the use of media as public diplomacy in the global south.

It’s time we talk about all that Chinese debt in Africa

There are growing calls for international lenders to cancel or at least reschedule significant portions of Africa’s debt as economies…

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African futurist Jakkie Cilliers looks beyond today’s COVID-19 crisis

“African economies are staring at an abyss,” said Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed earlier this week in a desperate appeal…

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Lin Songtian, China’s brash former ambassador to South Africa, returns home

China’s most outspoken ambassador in Africa, Lin Songtian, abruptly left his post in South Africa yesterday, just a few days…

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Life in Wuhan: An African student reflects on months of forced isolation

Although there’s no precise number, it’s widely believed there are around 4,600 African students in Wuhan who have not been…

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How will COVID-19 impact China’s Belt and Road Initiative?

Amid the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, China’s Belt and Road Initiative is facing its single greatest challenge since Xí Jìnpíng 习近平…

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What it takes to build a successful Chinese agricultural partnership in Mozambique

One of the most prominent themes to emerge from the many Africa summits that take place around the world is…

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China turns up the pressure on Eswatini to abandon Taiwan

The tiny landlocked kingdom of Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland, is now the last country in Africa to maintain diplomatic…

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How a Chinese journalist covers Africa: A discussion with CGTN’s Shen Shiwei

China’s media influence in Africa is rapidly expanding. State media like CGTN, China Radio International and the China Daily newspaper…

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China’s growing influence in the Middle East and Mediterranean

China’s crude imports from Saudi Arabia surged last year by 47%, highlighting the kingdom’s growing importance to Beijing as a…

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Africa is not prepared to deal with the coming economic disruption in China

The Chinese economy is undergoing unprecedented economic disruption due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. African countries are largely unprepared for…

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Nigeria doesn’t want to have to choose between the U.S. and China

Tensions between the United States and China have deteriorated significantly in recent years amid bitter disputes over trade, technology, and…

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View from Beijing: How the COVID-19 crisis is impacting China-Africa trade

So far, Africa has not seen an outbreak of the deadly COVID-19 that has killed more than 1,000 people in…

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U.S. tries to persuade Africa it is a credible alternative to China

The United States sees Africa as a key arena to confront China’s rising influence in the developing world. With its…

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