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Jan 28, 2014

The Chinese government is receiving praise for the role it played in bringing Sudan's rival factions together to draft a tenuous ceasefire. This is among the first instances where Beijing has a played a central role in international diplomacy and may be a hint of a new, more robust foreign policy. This week's special...


Jan 27, 2014

While the BRICS countries ramp up their competition in Africa for oil and other natural resources, another, more subtle, rivalry is also occurring. The Chinese, Russians and Brazilians among others are spending billions of dollars in soft power and public diplomacy initiatives. For example, Russia's RT television...


Jan 24, 2014

There was a lot of excitement following last year's BRICS summit in Durban, South Africa yet little from the commWhat has come of the BRICS big ambitions in Africa? Countless promises were made after last year's summit in Durban, South Africa yet little of that hype has materialized into substantive action. That said,...


Jan 22, 2014

China doesn't have much experience as an international mediator, especially in Africa. However, Beijing is playing a central role in the ongoing peace talks in Addis Ababa to resolve the stand-off between the president and his rival vice president. With billions of dollars in investments on the line, China has a lot at...


Jan 20, 2014

Two of China's leading telecom giants have enjoyed tremendous success throughout Africa but not in Ethiopia. Huawei and ZTE are both accused of corruption and poor quality of service for the roll outs of data/voice networks there. Not surprisingly, the companies argue they are not to blame for the massive difficulties...