More and more African students head to China each year to study.
Newly translated Chinese Ministry of Education records shine light on China's shifting place in the global higher education landscape.
A fisherman shows an oil slick close to the Niger Delta following a large spill in 2013.
The move by the African Union to develop a policy to regulate the impact of firms on human rights puts it ahead of other regions as it seeks to guide companies conducting activities on the continent.
Chinese company managers at the site of a highway project in Kenya. While traditional donors fund the social sectors, China’s emphasis is infrastructure.
The pervasive new argument is that China is upending the dominance of traditional Africa aid donors from the West. But a new study shows that while China is making inroads, the West is staying put.
Al-Shabaab’s constant attacks on Somalia are among concerns Donald Trump’s advisers have about Africa.
Donald J. Trump is the new man in charge of the US, and Africa seems to have little cause for celebration. But what does the new Commander-in-Chief really think of the continent?
A stack of Southern Weekly newspapers (left) are displayed at a newsstand in Beijing,
The Chinese government has an interest in presenting a positive narrative about Africa to its citizens. But the new commercial media is challenging this by prioritising sensational stories.
A South African Buddhist celebrates the Chinese New Year at Nan Hua Buddhist temple in Bronkhorstpruit, South Africa.
Much of the recent commentary on Sino-African relations has a negative tone. But genuine cultural exchange holds the promise of mutual enrichment.
The reality of Chinese investment in African agriculture has yet to catch up with the hype.
Agriculture featured prominently at the 2015 Forum on China-Africa Co-operation, but the reality has yet to catch up to the hype about China's involvement in African agriculture.
Champagne being served in a bar on McCarthy Street in Lagos.
It's easy to dismiss Africa as a place that is, at best, a provider of commodities, land and labour. A closer look shows that the continent is innovative and offers a lot more opportunities.
The Chinese and South African governments, led by presidents Xi Jingping and Jacob Zuma, cement ties during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
When it comes to the global political economy, no one "talks left and walks right" more than China, a dominant player in global capitalism. South African and Chinese aspirations have much in common.
An example of the restoration of a degraded mountain slope in China. The country has numerous initiatives underway to battle climate change.
China has many climate issues, but the steps the country is taking to combat these issues is being recognised worldwide.
China has experienced deforestation in some parts of the country placing valuable biodiversity at risk of extinction.
China needs to do more to manage the balance between conservation and tourism to protect its rich biodiversity.
A maturing relationship. Chinese President Xi Jinping at the opening of the China-Africa summit in Johannesburg.
For the grand plans unveiled at the China-Africa summit to succeed, Africa will have to cooperate more extensively. The larger and more successful nations need to become sub-regional leaders.
Shanghai demonstrates how good planning can help Africa to develop successful special economic zones.
China's experience indicates that special economic zones can help countries in Africa attract foreign investors, diversify their economies and promote manufacturing.
Confucius Institutes offer China a chance to teach people around the world about the country’s language and culture.
China's Confucius Institutes given foreigners a chance to learn more about the country. Africa must be careful that its universities' partnerships with Confucius Institutes don't create dependency.
The Nairobi-Thika highway is being built by China Wuyi, Sinohydro and Shengeli Engineering Construction, and is funded by Kenya, China and the African Development Bank.
China offers an alternative to traditional donors and investors in low- and middle-income countries. Adding to its appeal is its focus on infrastructure projects.
Graduation at Fudan University in Shanghai. Education is an important instrument in building China’s global status.
In China, education is more than a means to deliver high skilled labour. The country has constructed its education policy to demonstrate its ambition to become a global power.
China’s choice of South Africa to host the China-Africa summit underscores the special relationship between the two countries.
The Africa-China summit will provide an opportunity to get a feel for how Chinese President Xi Jinping is responding to democratic developments in Africa.
Asian and African leaders march together, with China’s President Xi at the center.
China has been spreading its wealth around to increase its influence, but what can the recipients of its largesse learn from its actions in Africa?
Gabriel Kenny, aged five, gets to grips with Mandarin characters as part of a US school program.
There is a new potential coloniser on South Africa's linguistic block. From 2016, Mandarin will be taught in schools – and this will see African languages bumped even further down the pecking order.
Farmers beat the stalks of sweet wormwood trees to extract the leaves during harvesting in rural China, The plant contains artemisinin, the drug which won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.
The drug partly responsible for more than halving the rate of malaria over the last 30 years and which won this year's Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine has a long history of use.