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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.

Assessing China’s “Corona Diplomacy” in Africa

Even though China spends considerably less than the U.S. and Europe on public health assistance in Africa, Beijing is seemingly…

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The complicated politics of Chinese dam construction in Guinea

The 450-megawatt Souapiti hydroelectric dam in Guinea is scheduled to begin operating this fall and will bring badly needed electricity…

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Why so many Chinese and Africans see what happened in Guangzhou in starkly different ways

Perceptions over what led to the crisis in Guangzhou back in early April remain deeply divided among Chinese and African…

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The UN’s Vera Songwe on the status of African debt relief

Economic conditions in a number of African countries are worsening by the day. Lockdowns and a plummet in global commodity…

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A discussion with Ambassador Kuang Weilin on current issues in China-Africa relations

For much of the past two decades, China’s engagement in Africa has been steady, rather predictable, and largely uneventful. That…

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African leaders declare crisis in Guangzhou is “sorted out.” What did we learn?

Less than one week after alarming videos, photos, and accounts of African migrants being forced out of their homes and…

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An unprecedented crisis in China-Africa relations

The widespread evictions and mistreatment of African migrants in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou have caused a serious rupture…

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How is China going to handle debt relief in Africa?

With economic conditions across Africa rapidly deteriorating, leaders across the continent are escalating their calls for the international community to…

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StarTimes moves quickly to adapt to COVID-19 crisis in Africa

Fake news and all sorts of misleading information about the COVID-19 pandemic are now rampant on African social media. Reports…

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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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