Twice-weekly discussion about China's engagement across Africa and the Global South hosted by journalist Eric Olander and Asia-Africa scholar Cobus van Staden in Johannesburg.
Why the New China-Iran Agreement Isn't a Big Deal
Depending on who you speak with, the 25-year Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP) agreement between China and Iran either marks the emergence of a new "axis of evil" that's going to overturn the balance of power in the Middle East or it's just a lot of vague promises that are largely aspirational with no firm commitments.
The truth is that no one outside of the participants themselves actually knows what it's in the agreement because it hasn't been made public and probably will never be published. Regardless of what's in the deal, or not, it nonetheless symbolizes shifting geopolitical trends in the Persian Gulf that's allowing China to take on a much more prominent role.
Bill Figueroa, a leading China-Iran scholar based in the United States, contends that of people, especially in Washington, are misreading the situation. He joins Eric & Cobus to explain why he thinks the CSP isn't a big deal both "literally or figuratively."
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China and the Rapidly Changing Security Dynamics in the Mideast & North Africa
Fudan University Assistant Professor Andrea Ghiselli joins Eric & Cobus to discuss his new book on China's role in the rapidly changing security dynamics in the Mideast & North Africa
The Pushback Against China's Coercive Diplomacy
How China Loses: The Pushback Against Chinese Global Ambitions
Debunking Myths About Chinese Labor in Africa
Breaking down some of the widely-held yet outdated misperceptions about Chinese labor in Africa.
A New China-Africa Think Tank Aims to Fill a Big Void
A new Ghana-based think tank aims to fill an important void in the China-Africa knowledge space.
The U.S.'s Blue Dot Network vs. China's Belt & Road Initiative
How should the U.S. confront China to promote more sustainable infrastructure development in the Global South?