Friday Aug 19, 2022

The Crane: Episode #4 - China Deepens Africa Trade Ties While US Plays Geopolitics

The Biden administration just launched the new U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa, which is heavily focused on geopolitical competition with Russia & China and less on engagement with African aspirations and interests.


In contrast, China has just announced that it is removing almost all trade tariffs on exports from 16 of the world’s least developed countries, many of which are African.   


We discuss Africa-China trade politics in the light of this new US policy as well as what the US says and how some African leaders are responding to it. 


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The Crane: An Africa-China Podcast is a bi-monthly podcast giving you a fresh look at the news, events, and debates around China-Africa relations from the perspective of two young(ish) Africans.


You can listen to all episodes of The Crane for free anywhere you get podcasts.


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The Crane is really wonderful: bringing a continent into view with clarity on China’s role with sparkling presentation, though it is data-driven, by two African citizens and experts, Amadeus and Mika. Can hardly wait for more after the first 4 episodes (Ep 0 is a quick intro), hoping to become as familiar with the countries of Africa, country by country, as I am with those of Europe, country by country.

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