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The China in Africa Podcast

Eric Olander & Cobus van Staden

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The China in Africa Podcast
The China in Africa Podcast

The China in Africa Podcast

Eric Olander & Cobus van Staden

75
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478
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A weekly discussion about China's engagement across Africa hosted by journalist Eric Olander in Shanghai and Asia-Africa scholar Cobus van Staden in Johannesburg.

Latest Episodes

Chinese and African Agriculture Has a Lot More in Common Than Most People Think

This week Eric & Cobus are joined by Xinqing Lu, an Associate Program Officer at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa to talk about Chinese agricultural engagement in Africa. Surprisingly, both China and Africa have a lot more in common with one another in terms of agriculture than many people first think.

41 MIN2 d ago
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Chinese and African Agriculture Has a Lot More in Common Than Most People Think

The Rise of Chinese Private Sector Investment in Africa

Chinese private sector investment in Africa is surging, particularly in the tech sector. This week, Eric & Cobus speak with Kai Zhu, the Africa-China Corridor Deal Team Leader at South Africa-based Absa Group about what's behind this new wave of Chinese money flowing into the African market.

46 MIN5 d ago
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The Rise of Chinese Private Sector Investment in Africa

Ghana's Risky $2 Billion 'Roads for Resources' Gamble with China

Ghana is embarking on a potentially very risky resources-for-infrastructure deal with China that would exchange 5% of the country's bauxite reserves for $2 billion worth or roads, bridges, and ports. While the need for infrastructure is understandable, the environmental impact could be enormous, jeopardizing the water supply of up to five million people along with the pristine Atewa Forest Reserve. Economist and market analyst Emmanuel Amoah-Darkwah joins Eric & Cobus to discuss.

34 MIN1 w ago
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Ghana's Risky $2 Billion 'Roads for Resources' Gamble with China

Africa's Donkey Population Risks Collapse Due to Surging Chinese Demand for Hides

Persistent Chinese demand for donkey hides is now pushing the animal's population in many countries, including a number in Africa, to the brink of collapse according to a new report by the Donkey Sanctuary. Alex Meyers is the former Head of Programmes at the Donkey Sanctuary and one of the co-authors of the organization's latest "Under the Skin" report. He joins Eric & Cobus to discuss the report's findings and why this problem is proving to be so intractable.

29 MIN1 w ago
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Africa's Donkey Population Risks Collapse Due to Surging Chinese Demand for Hides

China's Role in Africa's Rapidly Growing Space Market

Temidayo Oniosun, founder and Managing Director of the news and analysis website Space in Africa, joins Eric & Cobus to discuss China's role in Africa's rapidly expanding space market.

30 MIN2 w ago
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China's Role in Africa's Rapidly Growing Space Market

Chinese Investment and Labor Practices in Ethiopia

Ethiopia has been very effective at attracting Chinese light manufacturing companies to open new factories there but misperceptions abound that these Chinese companies don't pay fair wages or hire enough local workers. Weiwei Chen, a PhD Fellow at UNU-Wider at the United Nations University in Helsinki, Finland is an expert on Sino-Ethiopian investment and joins Eric & Cobus to explain whether these rumors are true or not.

48 MIN2 w ago
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Chinese Investment and Labor Practices in Ethiopia

Does China Benefit From the U.S. Stripping Cameroon of Its AGOA Privileges?

University of Calgary political science instructor Chris W. J. Roberts is an expert on Cameroonian foreign policy and the author of a new article in Foreign Policy magazine about the recent U.S. decision to strip Yaoundé of its AGOA trading privileges. He joins Eric & Cobus this week to discuss these latest U.S. sanctions and what role, if any, China played in this latest policy shift.

39 MIN3 w ago
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Does China Benefit From the U.S. Stripping Cameroon of Its AGOA Privileges?

France Used to Be the Big Player in Senegal. No More. It's the Chinese.

Professor Ahamdou Aly Mbaye joins Eric & Cobus this week to discuss Senegal's rapidly changing economic relations as the country switches from France being its primary trade/investment partner to China.

47 MINNOV 1
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France Used to Be the Big Player in Senegal. No More. It's the Chinese.

Africa's New Embrace of Russia Risks Alienating China, U.S.

Last week's Russia-Africa Summit marked Moscow's formal re-entry into the African diplomatic theater. While it's obvious what the gains are for Moscow to be back in Africa, it's not at all clear how African states stand to benefit from Russia's presence. Vita Spivak from the Russian credit ratings agency Expert RA joins Eric and Cobus to discuss the new, confusing diplomatic dynamic in Africa.

41 MINOCT 29
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Africa's New Embrace of Russia Risks Alienating China, U.S.

A Cautionary Lesson About Chinese Manufacturing in Africa

African countries are aggressively courting Chinese manufacturing companies who are looking to offshore their operations due to rising labor costs, heightened environmental regulations and U.S. sanctions. But they might want to be careful what they wish based on the experience of one community in Uganda that discovered the human and environmental toll that comes with manufacturing.

57 MINOCT 25
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A Cautionary Lesson About Chinese Manufacturing in Africa

Latest Episodes

Chinese and African Agriculture Has a Lot More in Common Than Most People Think

This week Eric & Cobus are joined by Xinqing Lu, an Associate Program Officer at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa to talk about Chinese agricultural engagement in Africa. Surprisingly, both China and Africa have a lot more in common with one another in terms of agriculture than many people first think.

41 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Chinese and African Agriculture Has a Lot More in Common Than Most People Think

The Rise of Chinese Private Sector Investment in Africa

Chinese private sector investment in Africa is surging, particularly in the tech sector. This week, Eric & Cobus speak with Kai Zhu, the Africa-China Corridor Deal Team Leader at South Africa-based Absa Group about what's behind this new wave of Chinese money flowing into the African market.

46 MIN5 d ago
Comments
The Rise of Chinese Private Sector Investment in Africa

Ghana's Risky $2 Billion 'Roads for Resources' Gamble with China

Ghana is embarking on a potentially very risky resources-for-infrastructure deal with China that would exchange 5% of the country's bauxite reserves for $2 billion worth or roads, bridges, and ports. While the need for infrastructure is understandable, the environmental impact could be enormous, jeopardizing the water supply of up to five million people along with the pristine Atewa Forest Reserve. Economist and market analyst Emmanuel Amoah-Darkwah joins Eric & Cobus to discuss.

34 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Ghana's Risky $2 Billion 'Roads for Resources' Gamble with China

Africa's Donkey Population Risks Collapse Due to Surging Chinese Demand for Hides

Persistent Chinese demand for donkey hides is now pushing the animal's population in many countries, including a number in Africa, to the brink of collapse according to a new report by the Donkey Sanctuary. Alex Meyers is the former Head of Programmes at the Donkey Sanctuary and one of the co-authors of the organization's latest "Under the Skin" report. He joins Eric & Cobus to discuss the report's findings and why this problem is proving to be so intractable.

29 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Africa's Donkey Population Risks Collapse Due to Surging Chinese Demand for Hides

China's Role in Africa's Rapidly Growing Space Market

Temidayo Oniosun, founder and Managing Director of the news and analysis website Space in Africa, joins Eric & Cobus to discuss China's role in Africa's rapidly expanding space market.

30 MIN2 w ago
Comments
China's Role in Africa's Rapidly Growing Space Market

Chinese Investment and Labor Practices in Ethiopia

Ethiopia has been very effective at attracting Chinese light manufacturing companies to open new factories there but misperceptions abound that these Chinese companies don't pay fair wages or hire enough local workers. Weiwei Chen, a PhD Fellow at UNU-Wider at the United Nations University in Helsinki, Finland is an expert on Sino-Ethiopian investment and joins Eric & Cobus to explain whether these rumors are true or not.

48 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Chinese Investment and Labor Practices in Ethiopia

Does China Benefit From the U.S. Stripping Cameroon of Its AGOA Privileges?

University of Calgary political science instructor Chris W. J. Roberts is an expert on Cameroonian foreign policy and the author of a new article in Foreign Policy magazine about the recent U.S. decision to strip Yaoundé of its AGOA trading privileges. He joins Eric & Cobus this week to discuss these latest U.S. sanctions and what role, if any, China played in this latest policy shift.

39 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Does China Benefit From the U.S. Stripping Cameroon of Its AGOA Privileges?

France Used to Be the Big Player in Senegal. No More. It's the Chinese.

Professor Ahamdou Aly Mbaye joins Eric & Cobus this week to discuss Senegal's rapidly changing economic relations as the country switches from France being its primary trade/investment partner to China.

47 MINNOV 1
Comments
France Used to Be the Big Player in Senegal. No More. It's the Chinese.

Africa's New Embrace of Russia Risks Alienating China, U.S.

Last week's Russia-Africa Summit marked Moscow's formal re-entry into the African diplomatic theater. While it's obvious what the gains are for Moscow to be back in Africa, it's not at all clear how African states stand to benefit from Russia's presence. Vita Spivak from the Russian credit ratings agency Expert RA joins Eric and Cobus to discuss the new, confusing diplomatic dynamic in Africa.

41 MINOCT 29
Comments
Africa's New Embrace of Russia Risks Alienating China, U.S.

A Cautionary Lesson About Chinese Manufacturing in Africa

African countries are aggressively courting Chinese manufacturing companies who are looking to offshore their operations due to rising labor costs, heightened environmental regulations and U.S. sanctions. But they might want to be careful what they wish based on the experience of one community in Uganda that discovered the human and environmental toll that comes with manufacturing.

57 MINOCT 25
Comments
A Cautionary Lesson About Chinese Manufacturing in Africa
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