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Why China Succeeds in Africa

China’s investment in Africa is far more nuanced than cozying up to dictators. Rather than indulging in alarmism, the West could learn something.

By Richard Aidoo

CAROLINA, July 10, 2014 (Diplomat) --- About four decades ago, the Chinese braved the natural elements to help construct what has come to represent one of the great symbols of Sino-Africa cooperation – the nearly 2,000 kilometer Tazara railway stretching from land-locked Zambia through Tanzania to the coast. Delivered in the midst of the Cultural Revolution, this gift represents China’s agenda to reach out even during turbulent times in its history. This expensive project also exemplified a major step towards enhancing South-South cooperation, which had been initiated in 1955 at Bandung, Indonesia.

Read more... Thursday, 10 July 2014 08:31
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China Africa – Moving Together

By H.E. Li Keqiang*

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, May 22, 2014 (FOCAC/BuzinessAfrica) -- China-Africa cooperation has entered a new stage of development featuring higher quality. People now see Africa as a continent full of vitality that plays a critical role in the global political and economic landscape. To me, Africa could be considered as a "pole" in three aspects:

Read more... Thursday, 22 May 2014 09:46
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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s Visit: Lessons for Africa

By Bob Wekesa*

CHINA, May 20, 2014 (Buziness Africa) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Ethiopia, Nigeria, Angola and Kenya provides an opportune moment to reflect on some of the lessons the continent can draw from the oriental economic juggernaut.

Read more... Tuesday, 20 May 2014 09:48
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Mixed attitudes towards China’s aid in Africa highlight the necessity of a new aid strategy

By Li Jia

CHINA, May 20, 2014 (News China) -- On May 5, on his first African tour as Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang hailed both sides’ “mutual support” during “shared hardship” in the 1960s and 1970s, symbolized by the Tazara railway, an icon of China’s assistance in Africa, and the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) UN seat earned with the help of her “African brothers.” He spoke at Addis Ababa’s African Union Conference Center, the tallest building in Ethiopia, completed in 2012 with a US$200 million donation from China, and one of China’s more than 1,000 turn-key, or “ready-made” aid projects.

Read more... Tuesday, 20 May 2014 09:44
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Facing criticism for China’s policy towards Africa, Premier Li Keqiang unveiled Beijing’s new strategy towards the continent on his recent African tour

By Yu Xiaodong

CHINA, May 15, 2014 (News China) -- Following Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to South Africa, Tanzania and the Republic of Congo in March, 2013, Premier Li Keqiang embarked on a high-profile tour to Ethiopia, Nigeria, Angola and Kenya on May 4. According to Chinese officials, Li’s trip, during which more than 60 agreements were signed between China and the four African countries, aimed to “upgrade” and inject “new vitality” into the China-Africa relationship.

Read more... Thursday, 15 May 2014 09:43
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Chinese Merchant Gateways for Ivory and Rhino Horns

By Hongxiang Huang and Oxpeckers

SOUTHERN AFRICA, April 11, 2014 (Wits China-Africa Reporting Project) -- Namibia has enjoyed a good reputation for its nature conservation, but there is evidence the illegal trade in wildlife products is taking off. In the remote Zambezi region of Southern Africa, where Namibia shares international borders with Angola, Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, geography and opportunity create ideal circumstances for ivory poachers.

Read more... Friday, 11 April 2014 17:05

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