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Dec 15, 2014

Chinese president Xi Jinping recently outlined a new, ambitious foreign policy agenda that aims to make China a global strategic power. Xi said the PRC must establish "big country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics" in what many analysts see as the president's latest effort to re-orient the international order to more reflect China's interests in line with its role as the world's largest economy. Not surprisingly, Xi has not mentioned Africa specifically, but there is no doubt that the continent plays an important role in Beijing's broader international agenda. University of Pretoria research associate Sanusha Naidu is our guest this week to discuss China, Africa and great power diplomacy.