How and why China became Africa’s biggest aid donor

Written by Kafayat Amusa,  Nara Monkam and Nicola Viegi. The foreign aid arena in Africa has traditionally been dominated by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries. However, over the past three decades non-traditional donors such as China, have emerged. The increasing importance of non-traditional donors has meant that the economic and political stronghold of …

“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. …

Can the EU challenge China’s proactive role in Africa?

Written by Toni Haastrup. When Chinese premier Xi Jinping unveiled some US$60 billion in deals at the recent China-Africa summit he underscored just how robust Beijing’s relationship with the continent has become. The impression from the media is that China is becoming the main external actor in Africa, and may even now be dominant. However, …

When Xi met Mugabe, money was bound to flow freely

Written by Stephan Chan. Chinese President Xi Jinping has enjoyed a triumphant visit to Africa. The main purpose of his trip was to chair a meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in South Africa with president Jacob Zuma. There, he pledged the enormous sum of $60 billion for African development. But perhaps more surprising …

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 …