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Americans’ ignorance about Africa persists despite efforts by presidents Kennedy and Obama to forge stronger ties with the continent. Jason Reed/Reuters

America’s legendary ignorance about Africa persists

The time has come for developed nations to eliminate the large pockets of ignorance which exist in their societies about Africa and other peoples. Globalisation demands that people think differently.
Tourists visit the Great Wall of China.The problem of racism in the country is bigger than that of Afrophobia. Reuters/Stringer

Of washing powder, Afrophobia and racism in China

Although ‘race’ as a biological category was discredited long ago, racial thinking or racialism is still common in China.
An example of the restoration of a degraded mountain slope in China. The country has numerous initiatives underway to battle climate change. Anthony Mills

What Africa can learn from China about climate change adaptation

China has many climate issues, but the steps the country is taking to combat these issues is being recognised worldwide.
A maturing relationship. Chinese President Xi Jinping at the opening of the China-Africa summit in Johannesburg. EPA/Elmond Jiyane

China and Africa: there’s strategy but the search for substance goes on

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. Shutterstock

What Africa can learn from China’s 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. Shutterstock

China’s Confucius Institutes aren’t perfect but have much to offer Africa

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. Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

Chinese investment: why the buck stops with African governments

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.

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