Xi Trip Highlights China’s Africa Influence

Xi Jinping’s first overseas tour as China’s president is set to commence this weekend. After a stop in Russia, President Xi will travel to Africa – a continent where Beijing’s influence is a subject of...

China, Africa and the White Man’s Burden

At The Guardian, Nigerian writer Chibundu Onuzo contrasts the historical entanglements of Western dealings with Africa with China’s relatively unburdened approach. There are cries that China’s is a new imperialism....

Slower Growth Forecast for Macau

Fitch Ratings recently published a report on Macau’s 2012 revenue forecast, expressing concern at the possible slowdown of China’s economy: Fitch has revised its 2012 Macau revenue growth forecast to 10%-12% from...

Pizza Chain Apologises for ‘French Concession’ Address

British chain Pizza Express has apologised for advertising the location of a Shanghai branch as “in the French Concession” (法租界 Fǎ Zūjiè), the French-governed enclave which occupied the city’s Xuhui and Luwan...

China’s African Union HQ a Trojan Horse? (Updated)

China’s gift of a new $200 million African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa has generated a great deal of warmth among high-ranking officials, but many in both China and Africa feel decidedly chillier about the project....

Cameron Warns Africans over ‘Chinese Invasion’

British Prime Minister David Cameron has warned Africa to be wary of China during a visit to Nigeria. From The Daily Mail: ‘I believe the model of authoritarian capitalism [in China] we are seeing will fall short in the...

China’s Rise: A Quest To ‘Hug The World’?

In a series looking at China’s expanding reach in the world, NPR’s Morning Edition goes back in history to look at China’s goals and motivations in undertaking global explorations under Admiral Zheng He (Listen...

Growing Unease at China’s Role in Africa

Heavy investment by China in Zimbabwe, recently reported in The Guardian, may now be derailed by reservations on the part of the Zimbabwean government. Finance Minister Tendai Biti is said to have been angered by China’s...

Raghav Bahl: Colonial Hangovers

From an editorial in the Hindustan Times: Has China’s more turbulent British colonial history and India’s more ‘civilising’ one given the former the edge over the latter in the 21st century? On December 31, 1600, a group of...


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