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Feb 26, 2015

Buried in the trove of secret intelligence documents known as "The Spy Cables" obtained by Al Jazeera and The Guardian is a passing reference to allegations Chinese spies broke into a South African nuclear facility in 2007. Interestingly, this was the only mention of Chinese espionage in Africa during the period covered...


Feb 19, 2015

The list of grievances against Chinese companies operating in Africa is long and varied, from violations of labor rights to environmental destruction to widespread allegations of corruption. Although it is hard to tell how many companies are truly guilty of poor corporate citizenship, the perception of bad behavior...


Feb 12, 2015

The Comoros is a tiny island nation off the east coast of Africa in the Indian ocean and where a major Chinese experiment is underway. Chinese scientists and pharmaceutical have undertaken a radical experiment to test an unlicensed anti-malarial herbal medicine on the ENTIRE population of the Comoros. Succeed or fail,...


Feb 7, 2015

It's long been said that while China may have an Africa policy, African do not have a China policy. In particular, too many Africans do not understand the language, culture and politics of their new number one trading partner. The University of Botswana, for its part, is trying to change that. UB has one of the...


Feb 4, 2015

It's not really news anymore when China announces yet another massive infrastructure construction deal in Africa. Typically these deals are done at the national level so when Beijing and the African Union signed a major transport infrastructure MOU in late January it did raise some eyebrows. Both sides praised the deal...