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Nov 20, 2013

Yaounde-based economist Simplice Asongu challenged the prevailing stereotypes about the Chinese in Africa in a recent opinion column. So much of anti-China narrative, he wrote, is rooted in inaccuracy and mis-information. That said, he did challenge African governments to negotiate better with the Chinese as a means...


Nov 18, 2013

Many of China's largest mining companies are implementing a new strategy in Africa where they no longer want to buy assets outright but rather make strategic investments and partnerships. This is a dramatic shift and further undermines the assertion made by China's critics that Beijing is engaging in a "neo-colonial"...


Nov 15, 2013

France remains a potent force in Africa, having launched three wars alone on the continent since 2010. Today though, Paris' influence is in rapid retreat as China's influence rapidly spreads into France's once impenetrable sphere of influence. Shockingly, too many in France are not paying any attention and do not appear...


Nov 13, 2013

Chinese warships are now making regular tours through the Mediterranean with ports of call in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. This new display of naval power reflects Beijing's interests throughout the region as billions of dollars of Chinese oil, trade and investments pass through these waters.


Nov 10, 2013

Tunisia is the rare oil-producing African country does NOT attract much attention of the Chinese. Energy investments remain low and, for the most part, Beijing has kept its distance from the instability there. However, there are indications that may change as Chinese leaders continue to engage the government and...