It’s time to reconsider “China in Africa.” “It’s a common mistake to put too much emphasis on a singular, mammoth ‘China’ making all the decisions” says Janet Eom of the China-Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at Johns Hopkins SAIS. “All 54 African countries have unique stories. Therefore, when China goes to Africa, local circumstances matter.” Read on to find out how this dynamic has affected trade and relationships between both sides.
China will need economic and political reforms to keep up growth, says Arthur Kroeber of Gavecal Dragonomics. In this podcast from MERICS, a YCW Partner, Kroeber argues that the transition to a new growth model won’t be possible without cutting back state-owned enterprises, restructuring financial markets, and promoting globally competitive innovation.
Alec Ash, author and founder of “the Anthill,” sees something new and distinct in Chinese millennials: “The only generalization you can make about a group this large is how complex and diverse they are—and that itself is something new, as their parents didn’t really have the opportunity to be different or explore a proper youth culture.” Read on for more about how he attempts to understand China through a different lens: stories, individuals, and literature.
Julia Voo is Deputy Head of Policy and Ministerial Liaison for UK Trade and Investment at the British Embassy in Beijing. After moving to China in 2011, she worked in the Development section of the Delegation of the European Union,
Fraser Howie is Director of Newedge Financial in Singapore and co-author of three books on the Chinese financial system, including “Red Capitalism: The Fragile Financial Foundations of China’s Extraordinary Rise” (named a 2011 Book of the Year by The Economist).