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Chinese Company Fires HIV-Positive Workers

One of China’s largest and most powerful construction companies, with operations all over Africa, discharges local employees if they test positive for HIV. The firm insists that its workers be tested for HIV and then, obtaining the test results directly from the testing clinic, fires those whose results affirm their HIV status. Aggrieved employees recently … Continue reading

China’s Emerging Soft Power: the African Case

As the Trump administration in the United States largely turns it back on Africa, China has successfully extended its soft power across much of the continent.  For a decade or so, China has seeded critical parts of Africa with Confucius Institutes, where students and citizens alike can learn about China and Chinese culture. China has … Continue reading

How Chinese Traders Out-Compete in Africa

In the high-density suburbs of Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, local chicken sellers complain that Chinese traders are stealing their customers by getting up earlier each morning, successfully outcompeting the traditional indigenous vendors.  “They get to the markets too early,” they told me when I asked about Chinese petty merchants in Lusaka. “Their chickens are cheaper, too,” … Continue reading

China in Patagonia and Space: New Revelations

China’s space program has been strengthened by the construction of a satellite tracking station toward the southern tip of Argentina. It is the largest and best-equipped Chinese overseas base of its kind, and is finally operational this month. It promises to bolster ambitious Chinese plans to explore the moon and planets.  The satellite tracking and … Continue reading

The Killing Fields of Africa

Why do Africans kill each other so easily? Atrocities abound, whether in Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, South Sudan or Zimbabwe. Even South Africans, in fits of xenophobia, attack outsiders. Some of these episodes of murderous mayhem rise to the scale of genocide, as defined and prohibited … Continue reading

Africa’s Famine Should be Canada’s Moment to Lead

At the very moment when acute hunger has made hardscrabble South Sudanese, Somalis and Yemenis the world’s most vulnerable people – in their millions – so the rise of xenophobic populism in Europe and the United States has made the provision of meaningful assistance much less likely. President Donald Trump’s ham-fisted retreat from soft power … Continue reading

Will Africa Keep Rising?

Sub-Saharan Africa has been rising rapidly in this century, growing economically at an unprecedentedly rapid pace from 2005 to 2015, with most of its 49 countries participating in a new post-colonial prosperity. But, with China’s own economic surge slipping, India and Japan weak, Europe lagging and North American demand limited, will sub-Saharan Africa stagnate and … Continue reading

China and the International Criminal Court

World order has very few ways of policing war crimes. If world order and global security are to be enhanced, for the greater good of all of the globe’s citizens, then some method of pursuing and punishing perpetrators of attacks the most egregious kinds on innocent civilians is essential for the health of the planet … Continue reading

Chinese Farmers on African Land

Chinese farmers are going to show Zimbabweans how to farm tobacco. Although rumors of China occupying African land to grow crops for export back to China – a neo-colonial twist –have long been rife, impoverished Zimbabwe has made them a reality, planning to give long leases on prime land to Chinese entrepreneurs. They will soon … Continue reading

Will Africa Keep Rising?

Sub-Saharan Africa has been rising rapidly in this century, growing economically at an unprecedent- edly rapid pace from 2005 to 2015, with most of its 49 countries participating in a new post-colonial prosperity. But, with China’s own economic surge slipping, India and Japan weak, Europe lagging and North American demand limited, will sub-Saharan Africa stagnate … Continue reading