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Apr 20, 2019

Throughout the history of China's engagement in Africa, even today, Beijing has spent most of its time and resources to foster ties with elites across the continent. And it's done a remarkable job. Political leaders across Africa have built strong relationships with their counterparts in China, establishing powerful...


Apr 12, 2019

The U.S.-based Environmental Investigation Agency recently published the findings of a four-year investigation into illegal logging practices in the Congo Basin, specifically in the Republic of Congo and Gabon.

Timber sourced from this region makes it ways into supply chains in Europe, China, and the U.S., much of it...


Apr 5, 2019

This week, Colonel Chris Wyatt, Director of African Studies at the U.S. Army War College, joins Eric & Cobus to discuss a conservative U.S. foreign policy outlook regarding Africa and his views on Chinese engagement on the continent.

Colonel Wyatt is a professional military officer with more than 36 years of experience...


Mar 29, 2019

In this week's episode, Effy Zhang, a Beijing-based global affairs reporter for the privately-run financial news outlet Caixin, joins Eric & Cobus to talk about how she covers China-Africa issues for her readers in China.

It's interesting to compare Chinese news coverage from that African and international reports that...


Mar 22, 2019

China-Africa trade rebounded in 2018 after several years of steady declines. Trade between the two regions last year increased by nearly 20% to $204 billion, according to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.

The bulk of Africa's exports to China is raw materials, namely oil ($46.3 billion), minerals ($37.04 billion) and...