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 much debate - to visit...

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,...

The Next Empire

In the Atlantic, Howard French, former Shanghai bureau chief for the New York Times, travels through Africa to explore the continent's relationship to China: Even taking the recent global downturn into account, this has been a...

Will China Kill All Africa’s Elephants?

A lengthy investigative report in the Spectator on the poaching and destruction of African elephants in Tanzania points to Chinese smugglers: The next day we met Salim and another dealer, Daudi, at a petrol station. They got in...

Is China the Key to Africa’s Development?

Slate Magazine looks at the positive side of China's investment in Africa: While the United States and Europe still loom large here as cultural and economic icons, China is making inroads into Africa in rivulets. In this city,...



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