Demand for natural resources will ease as China focuses more on internal politics while moving towards consumer-led growth and management of political risk
The year 2012 was a tumultuous one, as might be expected from a Year of the Dragon. However, while the run-up to the Chinese leadership transition was nothing if not controversial, President Hu Jintao
and Wen Jiabao’s passing of the baton to Xi Jinping
and Li Keqiang was smoothly done. The Xi-Li government is unlikely to signal any dramatic changes for China’s African relations. Xi met frequently with African leaders during Hu Jintao
’s presidency and therefore has a firm grasp of the relevant issues.
The pace of multibillion dollar Chinese deals seems to have slowed after the stalled US$23 billion refinery investment in Nigeria in 2010 and the Sicomines joint venture deal in Co...
Japan’s private sector is taking a more strategic view of Africa and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s new government will back them all the way
Governments may come and go but the Tokyo International Conference on African Development remains at the heart of Japan-Africa relations. Even as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Libera...