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Is China Squandering its Soft Power Investments?

Following a series of damaging stories this year, notably the ousting of Bo Xilai and escape of Chen Guangcheng, The Atlantic's Damien Ma argues that "for all the financial muscle thrown behind shaping its global image, Beijing...

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 profile of Ma Jun:...

Agony & Ivory: How China Fuels Elephant Poaching

The appetites of newly wealthy Chinese for ostentatious luxuries are fuelling elephant poaching across Africa. At Vanity Fair, Alex Shoumatoff writes that in the illegal ivory trade, "all roads lead to Guangzhou": In 2008,...

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...

Chinese Investments in Africa

From AllAfrica, Chinese Investments in Nigeria: (July 3, 2008) In recent times, quite a lot has been said and written about the presence of Chinese investors in Africa . The West is clearly worried not just about the rate of...

China-Africa: Daily News Round-Up 070208

Scott Greathead on China and the Darfur Issue In this four minute-long video clip from an event at the Asia Society in New York on June 18th, 2008, corporate lawyer and human rights advocate Scott Greathead outlines China's...

China Has To Play a Role in Divided Africa

In Kenya's Daily Nation, writer Ken Kamoche writes about China's responsibilities in Africa: If China could stop hiding behind the so-called non-interference principle, and exercise a little more of its clout with Myanmar and...

China Paper Sees West to Blame in Kenya Chaos – Reuters

People’s Daily has offered their own take on the post-election turmoil in Kenya: Western-style democracy is to blame. From Reuters: …The People’s Daily, the official newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party, said Western powers were themselves to blame for imposing colonial rule and then Western-style electoral democracy on Africa. “The Western ‘democracy’ transplanted to Africa […]

Rob Crilly: Chinese seek resources, profits in Africa

From the June 21 USA Today: All across the continent, Chinese companies are building dams, repairing roads and running telecommunications systems. The modern scramble for Africa resembles the late 19th century, when European nations carved up the continent as they searched for minerals and slaves. Now they have been joined by Chinese companies. With world […]

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