New Reports Analyze Chinese Influence in African Media

Recent reports from several think tanks detailed the important role of the media in framing—and at times, facilitating or limiting—Chinese influence across Africa. These reports highlight the CCP’s growing efforts at...

Writers Honored for Free Expression Commitment

12 writers from China are among the 41 who received Human Rights Watch’s 2012 Hellman/Hammett grants “for their commitment to free expression and their courage in the face of persecution”. The organisation...

China Pollution, Dam Activists Win Goldman Prize

Chinese environmental activist Ma Jun and Ikal Angelei, a Kenyan campaigner against a China-backed dam in Ethiopia, are among the recipients of this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize. From the Goldman Prize’s...

China in Africa: A “New Colonialism”?

In contrast with Hillary Clinton’s recent warnings of China’s “new colonialism”, the Stimson Center argues that China’s interests in Africa “should not be seen as categorically harmful”....

New Reports on China’s Role in Africa

A new report from the NGO Saferworld details the effect of China’s expanding African presence on the continent’s security and stability. China’s bilateral relations with African states are largely determined by its...

China Bank to Fund Controversial African Dam

International Rivers has confirmed that the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China is backing Ethiopia’s controversial Gibe 3 dam, whose generating equipment is to be provided by the Dongfang Electric Corporation. While...

The Chinese Footprint Growing Across Africa – Howard W. French

Howard French reports from a flight between Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Beijing: To be sure, China will not forever be the fresh-faced and idealized suitor that many in Africa take it to be today. This is clearly a special, honeymoon-like moment. But the very appeal of China owes a great deal to disillusionment in Africa […]

China’s risky venture into resource-rich Africa – Howard W. French

From The International Herald Tribune, via A Glimpse of the World blog: HARAR, Ethiopia: It is tempting to see the incident last week in eastern Ethiopia, in which nine Chinese oil workers were killed and seven briefly kidnapped, as a sort of inflection point in Beijing’s fast-evolving relationship with Africa. As tempting as it is, […]

China has an Africa Problem – Asia Sentinel

From Asia Sentinel: The recent murders of Chinese oil workers in Ethiopia are a reminder that some places are best left alone. The killings of nine Chinese oil workers last month by separatist rebels and the capture of several others in a remote area of eastern Ethiopia has come as a great shock to the […]

Chinese Workers Freed in Ethiopia – BBC

From BBC News: Seven Chinese oil workers kidnapped by rebels in Ethiopia have been released and handed to the Red Cross, Red Cross officials and the rebels said. Two Ethiopian oil worker were also released, an Ogaden National Liberation Front spokesman said, adding all were in good health. The men were seized during a rebel […]

China is facing backlash in Africa – Financial Times

A follow-up on the attack on Chinese oil workers in Ethiopia last week, from Financial Times (via Last week’s attack on an oil exploration site in eastern Ethiopia in which nine Chinese were killed and at least five more taken hostage, was the single deadliest incident involving the Chinese in Africa to date. At […]

Oil Workers’ Deaths a Wake-Up Call for Globalizing China – Edward Cody

From the Washington Post: The killings of nine Chinese oilmen in Ethiopia’s desolate Ogaden Desert have provided a bloody reminder that China’s worldwide pursuit of raw materials has taken it into some rough neighborhoods where goodwill proclamations may not be enough to avoid getting caught up in local conflicts. Exposure to the military and political […]

74 Die In Ethiopian Oil Field Attack – AP (Updated)

From AP, via Gunmen raided a Chinese-run oil field near the Somali border on Tuesday, killing 65 Ethiopians and nine Chinese workers, an official of the Chinese company said. An ethnic Somali rebel group claimed responsibility for the attack. [Full Text] – UPDATE: See also from BBC: “Q&A: Ethiopia’s ONLF rebels.” and “China, Ethiopia: […]



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