2015 Mega-Themes in Africa-China Relations
This year, not only has China played an important role in Africa’s economies and societies, but it has also attempted to coordinate with the U.S. to address Africa’s most pressing problems. China has also been asserting its status as a superpower as seen in its anti-Ebola response and its creation of massive international institutions. This year’s “Mega-Themes in Africa-China Relations” discusses this and more.
Though China considers itself to be a developing country, it is making strides in modern technology, even in the ethically cumbersome eld of biotech. China’s ability in biotechnology was thrust into the limelight during the Ebola epidemic. Sichuan Pharmaceutical, one...read more
China’s anti-Ebola efforts not only showcased its capabilities in biotechnology but also provided an opportunity for the Asian giant to stage a major humanitarian intervention outside of its borders. For the first time in its history, China sent a military convoy to...read more
While China’s anti-Ebola efforts highlighted China’s increasing connectivity with the rest of the world, many also regarded it as an attempt to look after its own interests. In 2009, China surpassed the U.S. as the continent’s biggest trading partner and by 2013,...read more
In mid 2015, many of the anti-Ebola efforts moved from curbing the spread of the disease to mitigating the devastating economic and healthcare outcomes it left in its wake. Besides the economic impact of the disease which, for example, reduced Sierra Leone’s GDP...read more