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Jul 30, 2013

Fact: unless the Chinese does something soon to stop the ivory trade, elephants will be extinct within a generation. The problem is that Beijing shows no signs that it is willing to commit political capital to curtail the demand for ivory... and, thus, the killing continues unabated.


Jul 29, 2013

Public and private Chinese money is flowing in to South Africa's media market prompting a mix of both excitement and concern. For the most part, Chinese investments are welcomed in the online and satellite TV sectors but there is some concern over growing Chinese influence in the country's newspaper market.


Jul 25, 2013

China's recent deployment of a United Nations peacekeeping contingent to Mali suggests Beijing is stepping up its role in global security operations.


Jul 23, 2013

South Africa's Minister of Public Enterprises joins a growing list of young African leaders calling for caution when dealing with the Chinese. "We must not sell our soul" when negotiating with China, he said. Sounds nice, but why did he single out China when it's not even the largest foreign investor on the continent?


Jul 21, 2013

A new survey on global attitudes towards the United States and China reveals that America is still far more popular than China in the realm of soft-power but not by as much you might think. In fact, considering how bad China's PR is in much of world, this really shouldn't be a contest at all, but it is... especially...