The Dragon Shapes Its Image: A Study of Chinese Media Influence Strategies in Africa

by Michael Leslie Abstract As China continues its human, cultural and commercial expansion into Africa it has a clear strategic interest in managing its image on the continent. The leadership in both its government and private sectors know China must find ways to counteract negative reports that accuse China and some African leaders and their regimes […]

The Image of Africa in China: The Emerging Role of Chinese Social Media

by Lianxing Li Abstract While the debate on Africa’s image is sliding into two extremes in the Western world, either too desperate or too optimistic, China’s narrative on this continent remains politically oriented and does not fit the fast growing economic and trade relationships between two sides. As the online social platform is gaining mass popularity […]

Does Chinese Employment Benefit Africans? Investigating Chinese Enterprises and their Operations in Africa

by Tang Xiaoyang Abstract The growing presence of Chinese enterprises in Africa has attracted public attention to their employment practices. Critics blame Chinese for not hiring local workers, paying low wages, having precarious working conditions, and providing little training. Addressing these issues, this article first examines the reality of Chinese companies’ employment practices in Africa. […]

The Political Economy of Galamsey and Anti-Chinese Sentiment in Ghana

by Richard Aidoo Abstract Recently, as Chinese engagements in Africa involve a diverse array of actors, including states, corporations, private and public ventures, individuals, and groups, Beijing’s economic and diplomatic relationships on the continent have become rather variegated and complex. The colliding of these actors and varied interests/motives is also shaping the discourse of anti-Chinese sentiment, […]

China’s Peace and Security Strategies in Africa: Building Capacity is Building Peace?

by Lina Benabdallah Abstract There is a growing body of scholarship that examines China’s security engagement in Africa. However, such scholarship largely views security cooperation in terms of military aid and military equipment and considers security from a traditional perspective. This article proposes to expand the scope of security to include non-traditional aspects of cooperation such […]

Sino-optimism in Africa

by Seifudein Adem  Abstract Sino-optimism refers to the conviction or expectation that China is a force for good in Africa.  There is little doubt that China would like to see Africa succeed.  The sense of solidarity with Africa in China’s diplomatic thought is quite deep—intrinsic interest underlies China’s approach to Africa today, unlike the West’s interest, […]