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Article Reflections #3:African Studies in China

As a scholar in the US studying China-Africa relations, invariably the question comes up: well how does China study China-Africa relations? Dr. Li Anshan’s 2005 article, … 270 more words


Chinese South Africans Respond as One China Policy Gets Politicized

Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are not the only politicians who have recently courted controversy by taunting China. In South Africa, the mayor of Tshwane (a metropolitan area which also includes capital city Pretoria), Solly Msimanga, drew strong criticism in his home country when visiting Taipei in late December last year. 1,261 more words


Article Reflections #2: Patterns of Investment

If we’re going to talk about China in African agriculture we need to define a couple things. What do we mean by China? By African agriculture? 302 more words


China's 'Post-Factual Rice' Problem in Africa

About a month ago, a news story originating from Nigeria got picked up by international media outlets. It was the kind of story which editors tend to love, having ‘clickbait’ written all over it. 1,341 more words


Article Reflections #1: China's Engagement in African Agriculture

I thought I should go back to the basics for the first of my weekly blog posts on China-Africa literature. As my focus is agriculture, Brautigam and Tang’s 2009 piece from… 211 more words


The problem with Zimbabwe's plan to pay off its decades old debt to China with elephants

A bizarre story has recently come out of Zimbabwe. Grace Mugabe, the politically powerful wife of the aging president Robert Mugabe, has come up with a plan to settle… 1,050 more words