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The China Africa Project is a non-commercial, 501(c)3 non-profit educational multimedia resource dedicated to exploring every aspect of China’s growing engagement with Africa.  Through a combination of original content and curation of third-party material from across the Internet, the CAP’s objective is purely informational.  None of the blog’s authors or producers have any vested interest in any Chinese or African position.

About the hosts

Eric Olander is a veteran new media and broadcast journalist with over 25 years experience inAsia, Africa, the United States and Europe. Eric has worked with many of the world’s leading news companies including CNN, the BBC World Service, the Associated Press and at FRANCE 24 in Paris where he served as the network’s Editor in Chief of New Media. Currently,Eric is based in Shanghai, China where he works in advertising and media. Eric has a degree in East African history from the University of California at Berkeley and a masters degree in international public affairs from the University of Hong Kong. He is fluent in both Mandarin Chinese and French.

For more information about Eric please visit his online portfolio on LinkedIn.

Cobus van Staden is a South African journalist and academic. He started in 1998 as a TV reporter for the South African Broadcasting Corporation. In 2001 he went to graduate school in Japan, getting a Master’s degree and a PhD in Media Studies from the University of Nagoya. After his return to South Africa he worked as an investigative journalist for the award-winning news show Special Assignment. He is currently a Senior China Africa Researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg. Prior to joining SAIIA, Cobus was on the faculty of the Media Studies department at The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where he tracked the expansion of Chinese and Japanese media interests in Africa.

For more information about Cobus and his professional background please visit his LinkedIn profile.