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May 30, 2015

A new report by the environmental activist group Greenpeace alleges that hundreds of Chinese vessels are illegally fishing off the coast of West Africa. Greenpeace claims an estimated one-fifth of China's entire distant water fishing fleet now operates in Africa where they often under-report their gross tonnage that...


May 23, 2015

15 minutes in to almost any conversation about the Chinese in Africa and the question about Chinese labor invariably comes up. "The Chinese are exporting convicts to work on construction sites," according to one of the pervasive myths, or, "Chinese companies don't hire as many locals as Western firms do and the Chinese...


May 20, 2015

When riots broke out in the US city of Baltimore in May 2015, the reaction across the Chinese social web was sadly predictable as Internet users posted countless anti-black racist comments. However, what was interesting about their posts is how there is seemingly a growing conflagration in the minds of Chinese...


May 16, 2015

Sam Pa is a mysterious man, largely unknown to the outside world. Yet this man, who goes by at least 7 different aliases, represents the nefarious side of China's engagement in Africa. Sam Pa and his associates in the Hong Kong-based consortium known as the 88 Queensway Group represent a new breed of predatory investors...


May 9, 2015

When critics of the Chinese in Africa make their case, the Collum coal mine in Zambia is invariably on their list of grievances. The controversial mine has been the site of violent labor disputes that have severely injured, even killed, both Zambians and Chinese. After a three-year closure, the mine re-opened in April...