China in Africa: A Modern Story of Colonization?

By Mark Esposito and Terence Tse China’s economic growth has been a key narrative in the story of economic miracle over the past two decades. Its Outward Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in particular has played a prominent role in economic interactions with many developing countries. China, once a major recipient of foreign direct investment (FDI) has recently become one of the largest ‘emerging’ investors, especially in Sub Saharan Africa countries, with its biggest investments being in Nigeria, Sudan, South Africa and Angola among others. In recent times China has become…

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An increasing US focus on Africa — but is it a ‘pivot’?

    By John Vandiver STUTTGART, Germany— Is the U.S. “pivoting” toward Africa? The U.S. commando raids earlier this month in Somalia and Libya have some pundits floating the idea that the U.S. could be in the early stages of a strategic swing toward Africa. The idea has already been hash-tagged on Twitter as a kind of counterpoint to the much touted U.S. strategic shift to Asia. With misrule and weak governance casting an arc of instability across a large swath of Africa, the region at times seems almost front and center as…

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