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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.

The China in Africa Podcast The China-Global South Project

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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.

    Illegal Chinese Timber Trade Fuels Insurgency in Mozambique

    Illegal Chinese Timber Trade Fuels Insurgency in Mozambique

    Officially, Mozambique bans the export of raw timber in an effort to protect what's left of the country's rapidly shrinking forests. But whatever laws are in place are largely disregarded as more than 500,000 tons of timber leave the country each year  — 90% of which goes to China, according to a new report by the Environmental Investigation Agency.
    This illicit timber trade is also very lucrative, generating more than a billion dollars that helps to fund a deadly insurgency ravaging northern Mozambique.
    Alexandra Bloom, a senior trade and policy analyst at EIA, joins Eric & Cobus to discuss EIA's multi-year investigation that uncovered widespread corruption and negligence at every level of the timber supply chain.
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    • 49 min
    WEEK IN REVIEW: China in the Sahel | ChatGPT's take on China-Africa

    WEEK IN REVIEW: China in the Sahel | ChatGPT's take on China-Africa

    China somehow managed to get the oil flowing between Niger and Benin this week amid a bitter dispute between the two West African countries that had briefly shut down the pipeline.
    Eric, Cobus, and Geraud discuss how the Chinese seem to be navigating the Sahel's contentious politics with some finesse. Plus, ChatGPT launched a major new upgrade this week that they'll put to the test to hear how the AI frames the accusation that China engages in debt trap diplomacy in Africa.
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    Become a CAP Patreon member and get all sorts of cool stuff, including our Week in Review report, an invitation to join monthly Zoom calls with Eric & Cobus, and even an awesome new CAP Podcast mug! www.patreon.com/chinaglobalsouth

    • 56 min
    [GLOBAL SOUTH] Indonesia's Role in the South China Sea Crisis

    [GLOBAL SOUTH] Indonesia's Role in the South China Sea Crisis

    Indonesian President-elect Prabowo Subianto will take office later this year at a critical time when regional tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea are surging.
    And this won't be just a foreign policy challenge for the new president. Chinese ships have crossed into Indonesia's exclusive economic zone near the Nantuna Islands at the bottom tip of Beijing's controversial ten-dash line.
    Managing the escalating crisis in the South China Sea is going to be a "pivotal" challenge for Prabowo, according to Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat, director of the China-Indonesia desk at the Center of Economic and Law Studies. Zulfikar joins Eric from Jakarta to discuss how he thinks Prabowo is going to handle what's becoming a very volatile situation.
    JOIN THE DISCUSSION:
    X: @ChinaGSProject | @eric_olander 
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChinaAfricaProject
    YouTube: www.youtube.com/@ChinaGlobalSouth
    FOLLOW CAP IN FRENCH AND ARABIC:
    Français: www.projetafriquechine.com | @AfrikChine
    Arabic: عربي: www.alsin-alsharqalawsat.com | @SinSharqAwsat
    JOIN US ON PATREON!
    Become a CAP Patreon member and get all sorts of cool stuff, including our Week in Review report, an invitation to join monthly Zoom calls with Eric & Cobus, and even an awesome new CAP Podcast mug! www.patreon.com/chinaglobalsouth

    • 36 min
    China-Africa Relations in the Era of Great Power Competition

    China-Africa Relations in the Era of Great Power Competition

    A prominent French TV journalist was visibly surprised when DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi bluntly told him that he prefers to work with Chinese and Russian partners rather than those from the West.
    The exchange was posted this week on X and reveals the increasingly stark gap between African and Western perceptions over the major geopolitical changes that are taking place today as part of the Great Power rivalry and the various wars going on in Europe and the Middle East.
    International relations analyst Ovigwe Eguegu joins Géraud from the Nigerian capital, Abuja, to discuss how powerful geopolitical forces are impacting China's ties in Africa.
    JOIN THE DISCUSSION:
    X: @ChinaGSProject | @stadenesque | @eric_olander | @OvigweEguegu 
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChinaAfricaProject
    YouTube: www.youtube.com/@ChinaGlobalSouth
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    JOIN US ON PATREON!
    Become a CAP Patreon member and get all sorts of cool stuff, including our Week in Review report, an invitation to join monthly Zoom calls with Eric & Cobus, and even an awesome new CAP Podcast mug! www.patreon.com/chinaglobalsouth
     

    • 58 min
    Insights From Hannah Ryder on This Year's China-Africa Summit

    Insights From Hannah Ryder on This Year's China-Africa Summit

    Chinese and African governments are beginning to negotiate the agenda for the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit that will take place in Beijing later this fall.
    Development finance, infrastructure, and green technology are all expected to be prominent themes, but this year’s event will be considerably different than previous summits, given that it comes at a time of considerable economic uncertainty for both China and African countries.
    Hannah Ryder, CEO of the international development consultancy Development Reimagined, recently co-hosted an African ambassadors retreat in China that brought together senior officials from both sides. Hannah joins Eric, Cobus, and Géraud to share a few insights from that retreat and what to expect in the run-up to the FOCAC summit.
    JOIN THE DISCUSSION:
    X: @ChinaGSProject | @stadenesque | @eric_olander | @hmryder
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChinaAfricaProject
    YouTube: www.youtube.com/@ChinaGlobalSouth
    FOLLOW CAP IN FRENCH AND ARABIC:
    Français: www.projetafriquechine.com | @AfrikChine
    Arabic: عربي: www.alsin-alsharqalawsat.com | @SinSharqAwsat
    JOIN US ON PATREON!
    Become a CAP Patreon member and get all sorts of cool stuff, including our Week in Review report, an invitation to join monthly Zoom calls with Eric & Cobus, and even an awesome new CAP Podcast mug! www.patreon.com/chinaglobalsouth
     

    • 1 hr
    WEEK IN REVIEW: The Chinese Supermarket Scandal in Nigeria

    WEEK IN REVIEW: The Chinese Supermarket Scandal in Nigeria

    Nigerian consumer protection authorities shut a Chinese supermarket in the capital, Abuja after a video went viral showing the store refusing entry to local residents. The scandal sparked outrage online and was among the top stories of the week on national TV channels.
    Eric, Cobus, and Geraud discuss why this particular instance of alleged discrimination triggered such an emotional reaction. Plus, African Union officials met with Chinese diplomats in Addis Ababa this week as part of a regular human rights dialogue and conveyed a very gentle critique of Chinese labor practices in Africa.
    JOIN THE DISCUSSION:
    X: @ChinaGSProject | @stadenesque | @eric_olander | @christiangeraud
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChinaAfricaProject
    YouTube: www.youtube.com/@ChinaGlobalSouth
    FOLLOW CAP IN FRENCH AND ARABIC:
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    Arabic: عربي: www.alsin-alsharqalawsat.com | @SinSharqAwsat
    JOIN US ON PATREON!
    Become a CAP Patreon member and get all sorts of cool stuff, including our Week in Review report, an invitation to join monthly Zoom calls with Eric & Cobus, and even an awesome new CAP Podcast mug! www.patreon.com/chinaglobalsouth
     

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
192 Ratings

192 Ratings

T Drinker ,

Appreciate environmental updates

Thank you for your insights and enthusiastic reporting. I appreciate the environmental reporting you have completed. Climate change and biodiversity loss cannot be separated from political discourse. And welcome back Cobus!

lrhhrl ,

Great show until

They ruin it with the climate apocalypse stuff. “We are all going to die” …. Ugh. Nonsense.

Traveler at large ,

One of the best podcasts on this topic

If not the very best. And I say that as someone who has worked in China and holds a degree in East Asian regional studies.

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