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Dec 29, 2013

In just the past few years Chinese shopping malls have sprouted up across South Africa. These new retail centers are open every day of the year and offer rock-bottom prices. Consumers love them but competitors feel they are undermining the domestic economy. Sino-African scholar Romain Dittgen joins us to discuss...


Dec 23, 2013

Chinese oil production is back on line in Chad following N'Djamena's controversial decision to shut down all of CNPC's operations over alleged environmental abuses. Although the CNPC decision dominates the headlines, scholar Romain Dittgen says the relationship between the two countries is far more complicated.


Dec 18, 2013

The cost and difficulty of doing business in Africa is going up for the Chinese, prompting new concerns that the era of endless flows of Chinese cash may now be coming to an end. Beijing-based attorney and Sino-African investment advisor Kai Xue joins us to discuss why he foresees a major slow-down in Chinese outbound...


Dec 15, 2013

China's presence in African media has increased dramatically in recent years but the presence of Africans and Africa as a whole remains extremely limited on Chinese television. This week, Sino-African media scholar Bob Wekesa joins us to discuss Chinese media perceptions and news coverage of Africa.


Dec 11, 2013

The New Yorker's former China correspondent Evan Osnos wrote that China's foreign policy agenda is undergoing a radical overhaul as it appears to be moving away from its emphasis on soft power towards a harder, more aggressive militarized agenda. Nonetheless, Sino-African scholar Bob Wekesa contends in this episode that...