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China-Africa Relations
  • Robert I. Rotberg Founding Director of Program on Intrastate Conflict, Harvard Kennedy School

    Aug 01 , 2017

    One of China’s largest and most powerful construction companies, with operations all over Africa, discharges local employees if they test positive for HIV. Chinese companies are not known to be paternal in their dealings with employees. Where there is discrimination in Africa by Chinese firms it is mostly social and implicit.

  • Robert I. Rotberg Founding Director of Program on Intrastate Conflict, Harvard Kennedy School

    Jul 17 , 2017

    Beginning by educating Africans on Chinese culture through Confucius Institutes on the continent, China now provides thousands of scholarships per year to African seeking to study at Chinese universities. But this arrangement is more than an educational exchange; it is Chinese soft power at work.

  • Robert I. Rotberg Founding Director of Program on Intrastate Conflict, Harvard Kennedy School

    May 23 , 2017

    Ugandan petty merchants believe not that Chinese are sharper traders than they are but that they are subsidized by the Chinese government, meaning unfair competition. Just as the Trump administration in the United States asserts that China dumps raw steel on world market, selling its own glut of steel below cost, so the vendors of Uganda and Zambia are confident that Chinese traders in their countries can only provide imported goods at lower cost because they are somehow subsidized with export rebates from the Chinese government.

  • He Wenping Senior Fellow, Charhar Institute

    Jan 17 , 2017

    The president-elect’s seeming antipathy for African-Americans and Africa itself concerns many who saw Hillary Clinton as more engaged with the continent. If the Trump administration truly adopts a policy to marginalize Africa, the US may well lose its status among African people as the favored model of development to China.

  • Robert I. Rotberg Founding Director of Program on Intrastate Conflict, Harvard Kennedy School

    Jan 12 , 2017

    With São Tomé’s shift, only twenty-one members of the United Nations are still linked to Taiwan. China promises to build roads throughout the two islands and construct markets, shopping centers, and other commercial facilities.

  • Nicole Bonnah Journalist and Documentarian in Beijing

    Nov 01 , 2016

    African migration to China is only half of the story: what of the black experience in China—a country whose doors have been closed for the better part of the last century, and has only recently allowed for more foreigners to take up temporary, and in rare cases permanent residence, in the most populous nation on the planet?

  • Robert I. Rotberg Founding Director of Program on Intrastate Conflict, Harvard Kennedy School

    Oct 20 , 2016

    Zimbabwe’s Central Mashonaland province once produced abundant quantities of high-quality tobacco. Production then dropped heavily when Zimbabwean politicians took control of the farms and neglected the lands. But this may change, as Mugabe recently leased five large farms in the area to Chinese entrepreneurs. This development may increase tobacco production and help uplift the local economy.

  • Robert I. Rotberg Founding Director of Program on Intrastate Conflict, Harvard Kennedy School

    Aug 24 , 2016

    China is South Sudan’s last best hope. Given the interminable bloodletting and brutal fratricide that engulfs Africa’s youngest nation, and given the inability of the African Union and United States to broker an effective peace, intervention and assistance by China may provide South Sudan with its only viable lifeline.

  • Robert I. Rotberg Founding Director of Program on Intrastate Conflict, Harvard Kennedy School

    Aug 01 , 2016

    Without Chinese help, sub-Saharan Africa’s power drought, its daily blackouts, and its ability to attract foreign investment would suffer. Fortunately, China is providing an essential part of the answer in terms of actual construction of new facilities and the finance that will present Africa new supplies to power and upgrade infrastructure.

  • Robert I. Rotberg Founding Director of Program on Intrastate Conflict, Harvard Kennedy School

    Mar 31 , 2016

    In mid-March, Mainland China and the Gambia re-opened official links that had been severed since 1995 when the Gambia recognized the Republic of China (Taiwan) instead of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). China will have undoubted leverage for boosting the Gambia’s economic growth.

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