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Oct 30, 2013

China doesn't seem phased in the least over the growing political instability in Libya in the wake of the 2011 revolution there. While other foreign investors are either withdrawing or sitting on the sidelines, Chinese firms are lining up for oil deals and infrastructure projects. So what's the appeal of Libya? Well,...


Oct 28, 2013

While China's engagement in sub-Saharan Africa dominates the headlines, the real action is in the Maghreb in North Africa where China is quietly, steadily building up its economic, military and diplomatic interests. Algeria is a key focal point of Beijing's increasingly ambitious MENA strategy. Hugh Brennan...


Oct 24, 2013

China's ambassador to South Africa recently published an essay in a couple of leading magazine & newspapers touting the so-called "Chinese Dream." While this concept may be new to Africans, it's becoming the signature branding for President Xi Jinping's young administration and may offer insights on China's...


Oct 21, 2013

A powerful current in Chinese youth culture is underway that offers the best longterm hope for the survival of Africa's elephants. A growing number of Chinese youth are outraged and disgusted by the mass poaching of African elephants and they're taking to social media to let everyone know. More importantly, there is a...


Oct 19, 2013

For many Western anti-poaching activists the solution to the mass killing of Africa's elephants and rhinos is simple: China ban all ivory carving and purchases. Unfortunately, the reality is far more complicated and the prospect of an outright ban in the near term is somewhere in between zero and none. Why? Journalist...