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Chinese Resources-for-Infrastructure (R4I) Swaps: An Escape from the Resource Curse

This paper discusses whether resources-for-infrastructure (R4I) swaps employed by the Chinese government and companies reduce or increase the risk that a resource-rich country will fall prey to the resource curse. To answer this question the paper...

China-Zimbabwe Relations: A Model of China-Africa Relations?

There are two parallel interpretations of the relationship between China and Zimbabwe: on the one hand, it is often viewed as a microcosm of China–Africa relations due to its economic and resource elements; on the other, it is portrayed as an exam...

China and Zimbabwe: The Context and Contents of a Complex Relationship

"China’s relationship with Africa has been the subject of considerable interest and controversy. The general assumption that the continent is moving closer to China because of its generosity (in contrast with traditional Western partners) and the ...

South Africa and China: The Making of a Partnership

"South Africa–China relations are developing at a steady pace, from the onset of formal diplomatic ties in 1998 to the multi-faceted partnership we see today. Its various elements include historical links, diplomatic relations, multilateral co-ope...

Geneva was Quick – but How Deep Will Paris Go?

In this blog, the climate negotiation process and following agreements were briefly discussed. Ideas on key areas by all delegates/negotiators were put on the table – on mitigation, adaptation, finance, technology, capacity‐building and transpare...

Riding the Sudanese Storm: China, India, Russia, Brazil and the Two Sudans

This paper offers a thematic analysis of the Chinese, Indian, Russian and Brazilian engagements since Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) of 2005, with particular focus on the changing nature and trajectory of these relationships after t...

Nationalism with Chinese Characteristics: How Does it Affect the Competitiveness of South Africa's Mining Industry?

This briefing has shown that deep-pocketed Chinese companies, hungry for resources, may be willing to strike bargains with politically connected local opportunists such as Aurora or SOEs such as the IDC, whose mandate is stretched at best. If the...

'Oil for Housing': Chinese-built New Towns in Angola

"China has gained a foothold in the African construction sector through the provision of ‘resources for infrastructure’ loans. The dominance of Chinese companies is particularly evident in mega projects such as railways, major transportation art...

Transnational Corporations and Local Innovation

"This is a timely book on an important subject, namely, the effects of foreign direct investment (FDI) and the operations of transnational corporations (TNCs) on the innovation systems of host countries, in the case of this book, the BRICS countr...

Top Five Reasons Why Africa Should Be a Priority for the United States

"With the dramatic changes that have taken place over the last decade, sub-Saharan Africa has become increasingly important to the rest of the world. In the past, relationships for many African countries were dominated by the former colonial powe...

America is Coming to Africa: a Comparison with China

"President Barack Obama visited some African countries in June 2013. Later, he announced that there would be an American-African summit in August of 2014 in Washington. For this purpose he has extended invitation letters to African leaders with th...

China in Africa: Implications for U.S. Competition and Diplomacy

"China is an increasingly important player in the politics, economic development and security of Africa. Historically, China has prioritized strong diplomatic relations and political ties with African states with an ideological aspiration anchore...

BRICS, Mega-regional FTAs and South Africa's Trade Strategy

"Global trade strategy does not appear to be a major focus of the Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) grouping, apart from the priority given to completing the stalled World Trade Organization Doha Development Round of negotiations...

Impact of China - Africa Investment Relations: An In Depth Case Study of Mauritius

"This report sets out to examine the impact of Chinese investments on the Mauritian economy. We do this by describing the nature, trends and sectoral composition of FDI flows from China to Mauritius and vice versa; discuss the FDI-aid nexus; revi...

Impact of China-Africa Aid Relations: A Case Study of Uganda

"Since the 1990’s, China has substantially increased its aid to Uganda. However, the aid policies and aid distribution channels through which China provides its aid are not well known. Using available aid data from the various recipients and info...

Impact of China-Africa Investment Relations: An In-depth Analysis of the Case of Ghana

"The study looks at the impact of Chinese FDI on the Ghanaian economy. Ghana has recently been receiving increasing amounts of FDI from several countries, including China and it is important to know how this is affecting the nation’s economy. The...

Impact of China - Africa Investment Relations: The Case of Zambia

"Chinese investments in Zambia are primarily resource seeking and have been concentrated in the mining sector. There are investments in construction, trading manufacturing sectors too. The growth of these investments has been steady over the year ...

Impact of China-Africa Investment Relations: Case Study of Ethiopia

"In this study Chinese investment in Ethiopia is investigated. The impact of trade, aid and related relations between the two countries are investigated in terms of its effect on Chinese investment in Ethiopia. In the last five years it was found ...

Impact of China-Africa Trade Relations:An In-Depth Case Study of Mauritius

"This Report aimed to provide an in-depth analysis of China-Mauritius trade relations and their impacts on the Mauritian economy as well as China's effects on various economic variables. Ultimately the study seek to identify the nature and extent ...

Impacts of Investment Relations between China and Madagascar

"This study aims at conducting a comprehensive analysis of the main systems and models of the past, present and future development of economic partnerships, based on foreign direct investments, between China and Sub-Saharan African Countries, with...

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