Leaders misunderstand global ties

Written by Bruce Jacobs. The presidential debates and other evidence suggest that many Taiwanese leaders do not understand international politics. For example, a leader emphasizing the importance of the nation’s remaining diplomatic allies betrays their failure to comprehend the true nature of Taiwan’s advantages and disadvantages in the international arena. The most important international law …

“Chinese Neo-Colonialism in Africa”: a Bien-Pensant Political Ploy

Written by Barry Sautman and Yan Hairong. Some US politicians try to endear themselves to voters by kissing babies. If another country’s leaders said these politicians are sexual abusers of children because both they and pederasts kiss children, the charge would be derided as illogical and politically-based. The same should apply to Western elites’ political ploy …

China’s New Pledges with Africa: 2016-2018 Multi-dimensional Support to Human Resource Development?

Written by Kenneth King. President Xi Jinping’s opening speech to the FOCAC Summit of December 2015 in Johannesburg had ‘five major pillars’, ‘three bottleneck issues’, and ‘ten cooperation plans’. Human resources development (HRD) with Africa is a part of each of these perspectives, as it has been in all the previous five FOCAC triennial events. But, …

China and Sub-Saharan Africa’s Urban Expansion

Written by Garth Myers. China’s interests in Africa are considerable; China is the continent’s largest trading partner, a major investor and crucial donor. Scholarship analyzing Chinese investments on the continent has grown exponentially. Significant attention has also been devoted to geopolitical dynamics of China-Africa relations, particularly for Sub-Saharan natural resource industries or oil and strategic minerals. …

The rhetoric and realities of Chinese migration to Africa

Written by Ben Lampert and Giles Mohan. As President Xi Jinping met his African counterparts at the sixth Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Johannesburg last week, the focus was on the high-level trade, aid and investment deals that will emerge. But what is often overlooked in the coverage of FOCAC and the broader intensification of …

FOCAC: Beyond Trade, Investments and Aid

Written by Daouda Cissé. The 6th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) is scheduled to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa on December 4-5, 2015. There is a lot of speculation and expectation regarding the meeting and its outcomes from academic, media, political and economic spheres in African countries, China and elsewhere. While FOCAC is a platform …

What the EU can learn from Africa-China Relations

Written by Adams Bodomo. As African and Chinese leaders meet for FOCAC2015 in South Africa, it is time to reflect on, assess, and evaluate the Africa-China relationship. One effective way to do this is to show how the relationship fares against other competing relationships involving Africa. In this short article, I will show that whereas general …

How to rebalance Africa’s relationship with China

Written by Bamidele Adekunle. Sub-Saharan Africa’s economic ties with China have grown significantly this century. Beijing became the sub-continent’s biggest trading partner in 2009. But for sub-Saharan Africa to benefit fully from this relationship both parties need to change their behaviour and attitude. The dramatic rise in trade has been driven by two factors: China’s energy needs and Africa’s lack of …

The Cultural Messages of a Rising China

Written by Tongdong Bai. In spite of Chinese leaders’ effort to reassure the world about China’s intentions, much of the rest of the world is deeply concerned with China’s rise. An important reason is that present Western political models are taken as the only correct models, dominating the political discourse, while the present Chinese models …

Looking back at the history of cultural relations between Italy and China in the Twentieth Century

Written by Laura De Giorgi. One of the peculiar features in the development of Sino-Italian relations is the importance that both countries attribute to culture as a privileged terrain for bilateral cooperation. To some extent, this has been the reflection of the shared perception of being both cultural nations, whose modern national identity has been built …