Category Archives: Africa

One Belt, One Road: too big to succeed? – Sara Hsu

China’s close to one trillion US dollar investment program One Belt, One Road (OBOR) is facing serious pitfalls that could stop it from succeeding, writes financial analyst Sara Hsu in the Huffington Post. Insufficient due diligence is just one of a range of potential barriers, she writes.

China’s geopolitical adventures in Africa – Howard French

Unlike the remembrance of the former colonial forces in Africa, China’s current geopolitical adventures into the continent “Africans’ view of China “is still positive, but not as exuberant as it was”. says Howard French, author of China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa to Today Online.

One-Belt, One-Road: all roads lead to China

One of the major global initiatives by China was the One-Belt, One-Road (OBOR),reviving the old silk roads. And while it is an open platform, major trade partners of China are currently not part of the initiative, including Australia, the UK and the US. Major disputes, like the Ausgrid, Brexit and Hickley cases, might only add to the worries countries should have when looking at their relation with China, without being part of OBOR.

Jeffrey Towson visits Kenya in February

Jeffrey Towson, Peking University business professor, best-selling author and expert on how Chinese consumers and competitors are disrupting global markets, will be visiting, will be visiting Kenya in February. Are you interested in having him as a speaker in Kenya or surrounding countries, do get in touch, so we can figure out whether your meeting might fit into his schedule.

China moves cheap to Africa – Howard French

China is moving part of its manufacturing to Africa, because labor in China has become too expensive, or production is too polluting, says Howard French, author of China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa, in The Herald. This is potentially a great opportunity for Africa.

Misguided fears for Chinese influence in Africa – Howard French

When it comes to China and Africa, many of the framing is done according to out-dated myths. Author Howard French of China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa tries to dismantle some of those misguided relics from the past for the Washington Post.

US try to overtake China again in Africa – Howard French

The United States are rethinking their Africa policies, and at the core of that process is the position China has gained at the fastest growing continent, writes journalist Howard French, author of China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa, in Foreign Policy.

Why ´60 Minutes´does a poor job on Africa – Howard French

Author Howard French of China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa is leading a campaign against the famous US news program ´60 Minutes´ and how they cover Africa. From the Humanosphere. One major problem: they mainly ignore local people.

Why Chinese keep moving to Africa – Howard French

The Chinese restaurant owner in Nairobi with a ´No Africans´ policy raised many questions, got arrested and focused the attention on the between one and two million Chinese in Africa. Author Howard French of China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa explains in PRI some of their reasons.

The Haphazard Empire – Howard French

Author and journalist Howard French discusses his book China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa, at the Sinica Podcast with Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn. He explains why the original title The Haphazard Empire, covers his book better: the unplanned migration of over a million of Chinese to Africa.