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A weekly discussion about China's engagement across Africa hosted by journalist Eric Olander in Shanghai and Asia-Africa scholar Cobus van Staden in Johannesburg.

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A weekly discussion about China's engagement across Africa hosted by journalist Eric Olander in Shanghai and Asia-Africa scholar Cobus van Staden in Johannesburg.

    A Critical Look at Chinese Agricultural Engagement in Africa

    A Critical Look at Chinese Agricultural Engagement in Africa

    Does China's distinctive approach to agricultural engagement in Africa actually work?

    • 41 min
    Africa in the New Era of U.S.-China Relations

    Africa in the New Era of U.S.-China Relations

    African countries are increasingly being drawn into the escalating U.S.-China conflict.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    What Is Chinese "Constructive Journalism" and Will It Work in Africa?

    What Is Chinese "Constructive Journalism" and Will It Work in Africa?

    The Chinese definition of journalism is significantly different than that in most of Africa and for much of the rest of the world. Most importantly, the news media in China is tightly controlled by the communist party and, as such, is not afforded the kind of editorial independence that newspapers, radio and other news outlets enjoy in other countries. 

    But beyond the obvious political censorship, the Chinese have a different understanding of journalism’s role in society. Rather than serve in an investigative or adversarial role, the media in China is expected to be solutions oriented in its reporting. The concept, known as “constructive journalism,” is not unique to China as it’s also practiced in some European countries as well but it’s more pervasive there than anywhere else in the world.

    Professor Zhang Yanqiu, director of the Africa Communication Research Center at the Communication University of China, is one of China’s foremost scholars in “constructive journalism” and joins Eric & Cobus to discuss whether or not she feels the model is applicable in Africa.

    • 39 min
    A European Perspective on China's Expanding Military Ties in West Africa

    A European Perspective on China's Expanding Military Ties in West Africa

    China’s growing peace and security role in Africa: Views from West Africa, implications for Europe

    • 47 min
    Nigeria Cracks Down on Illegal Chinese Mining

    Nigeria Cracks Down on Illegal Chinese Mining

    The Nigerian government launches a crackdown against illegal Chinese mining.

    • 28 min
    Chinese Tech in Africa: What Happened to OPay & What Will Happen to Huawei?

    Chinese Tech in Africa: What Happened to OPay & What Will Happen to Huawei?

    What's next for the once high-flying Chinese-owned start-up OPay in Nigeria and will Huawei's setbacks in Europe have any impact on its business in Africa?

    • 48 min

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