Xi has created a Chinese Bloc that the UN climate talks in Paris cannot ignore

Written by Tom Harper. Chinese president Xi Jinping addressed the opening day of the Paris climate talks as leader of a nation more confident and assertive than it has been at any point since Mao declared it had “stood up” after a century of rebellion and invasion. The changing status is reflected in the hopes …

China-Africa summit: what to look for beyond the hype and hypocrisy

Written by John J Stremlau. Beijing’s selection of South Africa to host the China-Africa heads of state summit may indicate Chinese President Xi Jinping’s personal commitment to the continent. This is the first time the summit is being held at this level in Africa. It may also show his desire to reassure Africa that, despite …

What does China’s role in Africa say about its growing global footprint?

Written by Mark Esposito and Terrence Tse. China’s ties to Africa are likely to get stronger this year as the world’s biggest economy appears poised to once again double its investments across the fast-growing continent. The run-up to the sixth Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) to be held early next month in South Africa is under way. …

China’s economic slowdown threatens African progress

Written by Robert Rotberg. Africa’s prosperity increasingly depends on China. Given recent signs of a slowdown in the world’s largest economy, Africa’s short- and long-term outlooks seem precarious. The latest sign arrived on October 23 when China cut two benchmark interest rates to spur growth. It was the sixth time since November that China’s central bank …

CCTV and the race for soft power

Written by Xiaoling Zhang. The Chinese official media outlets, especially the “Big Four” as Yang Jiechi the State Councillor calls them — Xinhua News Agency, Central China Television (CCTV), China Radio International (CRI), and China Daily — are making substantial efforts to increase China’s influence in the world as an instrument of China’s grander soft power engagement. …

An Asian Century Paradox

Written by Lauren Johnston. The phrase “Asian Century” is linked to a 1998 meeting between former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping and former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Implicit in comparison to the 20th “American” Century and the 19th “British” Century it induces speculation as to the parallel geopolitical and economic implications for the 21st. Yet …

Sino-African cooperation in the media sphere: part of the larger phenomenon of China-Africa relations

by Xiaoling Zhang. As the main engine of global economic growth in the 21st century, China is increasing its footprint in the four corners of the world. Africa is no exception. In fact it is one of the regions where China is more active than ever: today, China is Africa’s largest trading partner, overtaking the …