China’s Potential Mediation Role in the South Sudan Conflict

LSE’s Laura Barber asks if China is beating a slow retreat from its deep-seated foreign policy principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other states. Talks are still ongoing to reach a ceasefire in South Sudan, where nearly 10,000 are estimated to have been killed since the eruption of fighting between President Salva Kiir’s government troops and a rebel […]

January 15th, 2014|Conflict|2 Comments|

No limits for Kenya as she looks East and West #Kenya@50

LSE’s Maddalena Procopio concludes our series celebrating Kenya’s 50th anniversary of independence by examining how the country’s popularity means she can pick and choose with whom she does business. Fifty years after independence from British rule, Kenya’s relations with external actors still play a key role not only in the country’s foreign policy, but also in the domestic arena. Kenya’s […]

Chinese Development in Uganda: Grant or Loan?

LSE alumna Prajakta Kharkar Nigam warns that closer scrutiny should be given to China’s largesse towards Uganda. “I’ll make you an offer you cannot refuse”, the famous line from Mario Puzo’s classic The Godfather comes to mind when I think about China’s developmental efforts in Uganda. Alon Mwesigwa in his article of 23 July, “Tracking Chinese Money in Uganda” asks […]

September 16th, 2013|Development, Economics|0 Comments|

Book Review – China and Angola: a marriage of convenience

SOAS’s Christina Wolf says that while the book China & Angola: A marriage of convenience is very informative, it also leaves the reader with many questions. China’s economic rise has caused a vivid debate on its systemic impact on the world economy. In this context, China’s economic relations with sub-Saharan Africa have attracted increasing scholarly attention and rightly so: after […]

Event – African Security and External Interference: Exploring the Role of a Newcomer, China

As the bonds between Africa and China have strengthened over the past few years, China’s dealings with the continent are evolving from being mostly economically-focussed to more sensitive socio-political fields. At a recent lecture at LSE, Dr Bonnie Ayodele of Ekiti State University in Nigeria and Professor Zhongying Pang of Renmin University of China addressed the evolving nature of China’s […]

Chinese investment in North Africa should be viewed as an opportunity not a threat

LSE’s Chris Alden and Faten Aggard Clerx of ECDPM urge North African leaders to think of a smart solution that would allow them to derive the full benefit from Chinese investments. Two years ago, 26-year-old fruit seller Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in protest in Tunisia after police confiscated his wares, essentially robbing him of his livelihood. It was […]

African elites must rethink their relationship with China

LSE’s Waiswa Nkwanga argues that there is great need for African elites to protect their economies and people from potential Chinese exploitation, even if the latter’s vast investment into the African continent is to be a force for good in the long term. Africa was barely mentioned in the US presidential debates. Mitt Romney mentioned Mali twice in the final […]

Africa and China – Can China master the balancing act needed to straddle tensions in the Sudans?

LSE’s Laura Barber looks at how China has been forced to adapt its “non-interference” policy in its dealings with Sudan and South Sudan. After Africa’s longest civil war ended with the signing of a Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between North and South Sudan, South Sudan gained its formal independence from the North in July 2011. The governments of Sudan and […]

January 30th, 2012|Resources|0 Comments|

Africa and China: Is it about time Africa introduces rules?

In this post, LSE’s Maddalena Procopio puts forward the African view on the flow of Chinese cash into the continent. The immense flow of literature on the China-Africa discourse, mainly promoted by Western and Chinese media, has shaped conventional views about the scope and role of the Chinese presence in Africa. The West tends to view this development with scepticism […]

Africa and China: Will Africa be affected by the slowdown in China’s economic growth?

As China’s economic growth continues to slow down, should Africa be worried? LSE’s China-Africa expert, Dr Chris Alden gives his point of view. We’ve been hearing today about China’s economic growth slowing even further at the end of 2011, triggered by the Asian country’s inflation and the plunge of European demand. The fourth quarter’s growth of 8.9 % took 2011’s […]

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