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May 24, 2019

[EDITOR'S NOTE: This episode was recorded before the United States government announced that it would blacklist Huawei and blocked the company from using Google's Android operating system and other apps.]

It is hard to overstate Huawei's singular importance in the development of Africa's information technology sector....


May 10, 2019

China's critics, led largely by the United States, are determined to warn developing countries about the risks of borrowing too much money from Beijing. They contend China will use these loans to financially entrap economically vulnerable countries as part of a broader effort to exert political influence...


May 3, 2019

In the U.S. and many parts of Europe, China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is often seen as "Trojan Horse" where Beijing uses the lure of trade and investment to discretely extend its political influence around the world. Not surprisingly, in China, those U.S. and European fears are quickly dismissed.

Understanding...


Apr 26, 2019

37 foreign heads of state came to Beijing this week to take part in the second Belt and Road summit hosted by Chinese president Xi Jinping. Some leaders like Kenya's president Uhuru Kenyatta came with expectations to sign huge infrastructure loan deals, while others, including Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed,...


Apr 20, 2019

Throughout the history of China's engagement in Africa, even today, Beijing has spent most of its time and resources to foster ties with elites across the continent. And it's done a remarkable job. Political leaders across Africa have built strong relationships with their counterparts in China, establishing powerful...