Chinese agriculture in the wake of the global food crisis

Written by Francesca Bray. In 2007-8 a food crisis rocked the world. A concatenation of climatic, economic and financial factors sent global food prices rocketing. Drought in Australia, then the world’s second largest wheat exporter after the USA, had cut the 2006 wheat harvest from 25 to 10 million tons. Bad weather reduced the 2007 …

Rolling stones? The language of migration and mobility in the case of the Chinese in Africa

Written by Yoon Jung Park. Papa was a rolling stone, wherever he laid his hat was his home. So sang The Temptations in 1972. It is a song that has been on my mind as I consider the terminology around Chinese communities outside of China. A few years back I abandoned the use of the terms “overseas …

10 questions about migration between China and Africa

Written by Li Anshan. In recent years, the rapid development of China-Africa relations has prompted migration flows to and from China and the fifty plus countries of the African continent. These migration flows have in turn attracted international attention and no little misunderstanding. Here I would like to address some issues and provide answers to ten …

Eye on Africa: US and China tussle for economic influence

Written by Yvan Yenda Ilunga. The US and China are increasingly rivals on the world stage, competing over resources, policy and influence. One region where China has spent years establishing a foothold is Africa. Now the US is also keen to reassert itself after years of economic neglect. The US fired the latest salvo late …

Chinese ties in Africa normalise

Written by Ian Taylor. This year will see South Africa hosting the 6th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). Importantly, this will be the first FOCAC meeting since Xi Jinping became the Chinese president in 2013. This context is significant as Xi has thus far demonstrated an activist foreign policy that is more assertive and outward-looking …