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Mar 28, 2015

The Chinese restaurant in Nairobi that barred Africans after 5pm sparked a frenzied week of news coverage on both local and international media and, of course, on Twitter. The actions of this small, inconsequential restaurant seemingly took on much broader significance based on the tone and sheer quantity of the...


Mar 26, 2015

Leaders in both China and Africa have articulated new visions for their respective regions that project a strong sense of confidence, renewal and a break from once-dominant Western ideologies. In both cases, argues East is Read blogger Mothusi Turner, Chinese and Africans are using these new slogans to define themselves...


Mar 18, 2015

In February 2015, China announced a one-year ban on ivory imports. While many conservation groups such as the Environmental Investigation Agency denounced Beijing's policy as "ineffective," the San Francisco-based group WildAid said is an important step in the right direction and part of a broader Chinese policy...


Mar 12, 2015

The Chinese population on the east African island of Madagascar defies many of the poorly-informed albeit widely-held stereotypes about Chinese migrants on the rest of the continent. First, the community there isn't small or isolated. In fact, the Chinese population on Madagascar is now estimated to be around 100,000...


Mar 9, 2015

When finished, the new deep sea port in the southern Cameroonian city of Kribi will likely become a major gateway for all Central Africa. This will be Cameroon’s only deep-sea port that can accommodate the larger inter-continental trading ships. This might explain why officials have placed such a huge financial bet on...