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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

Africa’s Massive Power Shortage Alleviated by China

When one flies over sub-Saharan Africa at night, there are only pinpricks of light, a stark comparison to what one sees flying over Asia, Europe, or Latin America. Sub-Saharan Africa remains the “dark continent,” seriously short of electrical energy generating capacity. Industrial development is hampered almost everywhere, even in South Africa, because of insufficiencies in … Continue reading

Giant China Recognizes Tiny Gambia

China’s resumed diplomatic relations with the Gambia could result in positive economic and social outcomes in one of Africa’s tiniest countries. Conceivably, too, China’s influence could reduce repression and autocracy in an African polity that is widely regarded as among its three most arbitrarily ruled. In mid-March, Mainland China and the Gambia agreed to send … Continue reading

Southern Africa: Drought First, Famine Next

Warming waters in the east Pacific Ocean – the El Nino effect – is causing a massive drought in southern Africa, with famine to follow. Zimbabwe, in the centre of the southern third of the African continent, usually receives about 300 millimetres (12 inches) of rain by the middle of what is now the southern … Continue reading

In the Dark: Africa’s Desperate Energy Shortfall

Pitch blackness is Africa at night. From the space station, from satellites, from high-flying aircraft, even on Google projections, compared to the rest of the globe, much of sub-Saharan Africa is dark from sunset — devoid of those cumulated glowing pinpoints that illuminate the other continents. Students in much of sub-Saharan Africa study using kerosene … Continue reading

China’s New Promises to Africa

China is promising to uplift Africa even more dramatically and powerfully than it is currently doing. That is the strong message delivered by President Xi Jinping to fifty assembled African presidents at December’s fourth summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), held in Johannesburg. (The first FOCAC was in 2006). As Xi told the … Continue reading

Xi Jinping’s Anti-Corruption Crusade Reaches Africa

President Xi Jinping’s crusade against anything and everything corrupt in China recently ensnared the head of the Agricultural Bank of China, the country’s third largest, high-ranking provincial governors, several generals, China’s long-time security chief, and at least 100,000 high-level and mid-level operatives. But nearly all of this anti-corruption activity focused on misdeeds committed in China … Continue reading

Making Africa Healthier: China’s Contribution

The African Continent’s health outcomes are among the poorest in the world, with HIV/AIDS and Ebola only the latest scourges to kill millions of persons south of the Sahara. Pneumonia and diarrhea result in the greatest number of African fatalities, especially among children, but drug-resistant tuberculosis and malaria also cause massive mortality and abundant morbidity. … Continue reading