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May 27, 2014

Just a few weeks after visiting Chinese premier Li Keqiang admitted that China was going through "growing pains" in its engagement Africa, Beijing's central bank chief, Zhou Xiaochuan, acknowledged some of the 2,500 PRC companies operating in Africa are behaving "not so good, not so satisfactory.” Zhou made the...


May 24, 2014

The Chinese have a well-earned reputation in Africa for not being very environmentally conscious. From highly mechanized clear cutting of tropical forests to the wholesale slaughter of endangered wildlife, the Chinese do not have an impressive track record on the continent. However, there are indications that that may...


May 22, 2014

Tens of thousands of independent, small-scale Chinese merchants are "invading" Africa's informal economy, posing a long term economic risk for the continent according to University of North Carolina professor Margaret C. Lee. Professor Lee joins us this week to talk about the pressure African merchants are facing from...


May 18, 2014

The United States and China are competing for markets and influence in a number of theaters around the world, none more so than in Africa. While Beijing's "no strings attached" approach is certainly popular among Africa's elites, the United States remains a potent economic and soft-power force. Yun Sun of the Brookings...


May 16, 2014

A pair of young Americans is working to raise money for a new documentary that chronicles the opportunities and challenges confronting African migrants in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou. The film's producer, Melissa Lefowitz, joins us to talk about the project and what it's going to take to get the...