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China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa

April 9-10, 2015

Panel Video: African and Chinese media strategies and Chinese language use in Africa

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Keynote Photos

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Keynote Speaker: Howard W. French

Howard W. French
Howard W. French

Howard W. French is an associate professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he has taught both journalism and photography since 2008.

For many years, he was a Senior Writer for The New York Times, where he spent most of a nearly 23 year career as a foreign correspondent, working in and traveling to over 100 countries on five continents.

Until July 2008, he was the chief of the newspaper’s Shanghai bureau. Prior to this assignment, he headed bureaus in Japan, West and Central Africa, Central America and the Caribbean. Mr. French’s work for the newspaper in both Africa and in China has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He has won numerous other awards, including the Overseas Press Club award and the Grantham Prize. French speaks English, Chinese, Japanese, French, and Spanish.

From 1979 to 1986, he lived in West Africa, where he worked as a translator, taught English literature at the University of Ivory Coast, and lived as a freelance reporter for The Washington Post and other publications.

French is the author of “A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa” (Knopf 2004), which was named non-fiction book of the year by several newspapers. “Continent” won the 2005 American Library Association Black Caucus Award for Non-Fiction, and was a finalist for both the Lettre Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage and for the Hurston-Wright Foundation’s non-fiction prize.

“Disappearing Shanghai,” French’s documentary photography of the last remnants of Shanghai’s historic old neighborhoods has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe and Asia, and reprinted in numerous magazines. Prints from Disappearing Shanghai have been acquired by the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in St. Louis, as part of its permanent collection, and shown in solo exhibition there.

“Disappearing Shanghai” was published in book form by Homa and Sekey in August 2012. The work is a collaboration with the author, Qiu Xiaolong, a Shanghai native, who contributed original poetry.

French’s third book, “China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants are Building a New Empire in Africa,” was published by Knopf in May 2014. It was selected by The New York Times, The Economist, The Guardian and Foreign Affairs as one of the most notable books of the year. He is now at work on a new non-fiction book, also under contract with Knopf, about the history of Chinese power and the geopolitics of East Asia.

French speaks French, Chinese, Japanese and Spanish, and he contributes often to a variety of publications, including The Atlantic and The New York Review of Books, and he reviews books for The Wall Street Journal. He is also a frequent public speaker.

French was a 2010-11 fellow of the Open Society Foundations. He is also a board member of the Columbia Journalism Review, and he currently resides in New York City.

Conference Summary: China-Africa: Engagement, Investments and Media Strategies

At the moment China is Africa’s largest trading partner having surpassed the United States in 2009. In 2012, the total volume of China-Africa trade reached US$198.49 billion, reflecting an annual growth rate of 19.3%. Meanwhile, U.S.-Africa trade shrank from $125 billion in 2011 to $99 billion in 2012 and to $85 billion in 2013. China is involved in almost all the African countries. It has formal relations with all the African countries except three that have relations with Taiwan; Swaziland, São Tomé and Principe and Burkina Faso. The increased volume of trade and involvement of China in Africa in the last few years raises issues regarding the impact of its engagement on the African continent.

While there are many facets to the relationship between China and African countries, there is no agreement as to whether or not engagement has been positive or negative. This conference takes an interdisciplinary approach to examine this relationship in terms of: (1) What are the theoretical and epistemological considerations?; (2) How have Africa states shaped their roles in this engagement?; (3) What are China’s investments and what are their impacts on African societies, commerce, and labor?; and (4) How do Chinese and African governments use the media to promote their objectives?

In order to examine this topic, the China-Africa Working group at the University of Florida, has invited scholars based in Africa, China, Europe and the United States. The participants have been invited based on their areas of expertise in studying the China-Africa relationship. Their disciplines include anthropology, economics, linguistics, mass communications, political science and sociology. In addition to a broad discussion of China and Africa relations, some scholars will examine China’s engagement in specific countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Mozambique, Senegal, Sudan, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia.

In addition to the academic panels, the conference will be enriched by the presentations of journalists who have worked in Africa and China. The keynote presenter, Howard French, author of China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa will address China’s continental impact on the continent from a historical and global perspective. To augment French’s perspective, a Chinese journalist who has also worked in Africa, Lei Li will via skype review China’s media strategies towards Africa, and shed light on the uses of Chinese social media in that regard.

We welcome the university community and the general public to the keynote address on April 9 at 6 p.m. followed by a reception at 7 p.m. The opening event will be held in the Gannett Auditorium, Weimer Hall, in the College of Journalism and Communications.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Conference Agenda

For information on the conference or to register, contact Agnes Leslie at aleslie@ufl.edu.

Thursday, April 9

9:00 a.m. – Coffee and Tea (219 Dauer Hall)

9:30 a.m. – Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Abe Goldman, Director, Center for African Studies
  • Agnes Ngoma Leslie, Co-convenor, Senior Lecturer and Outreach Director, Center for African Studies
  • Anita Spring, Co-convenor, Professor Emerita, Anthropology

10:00 a.m. – 12 Noon – Workshop Panel 1 (219 Dauer Hall)

Moderator: Hunt Davis

  1. Seifudein Adem, Institute of Global and Cultural Studies, Binghamton, SUNY
    Is Sino-optimism Sustainable in Africa?
  2. Anthony Ross, Center for Chinese Studies, Stellenbosch, South Africa
    Global anxieties and the ‘China-Africa’ discourse
  3. Lina Benabdallah, University of Florida
    China’s Peace and Security Strategies in Africa: Unpacking the Role of Trainings

Group discussion of the papers and feedback.

12 Noon – 1:30 p.m. – Lunch (Broward Dining Hall)

2:00 – 4:30 p.m. Workshop Panel 2 (219 Dauer Hall)

Moderator: Barbara McDade-Gordon

  1. Daniel Large, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
    ‘It depends very much on the local side’:  China, international intervention and South Sudan
  2. Richard Aidoo, Coastal Carolina University
    The Political Economy of Galamsey and Anti-Chinese Sentiment in Ghana
  3. Claude KabembA, Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW)
    China in the DRC: Source of Cheap Strategic Minerals?
  4. Agnes Leslie, University of Florida
    Zambia and China: Contestation and Negotiation Towards a Strategic Engagement

Group discussion of the papers and feedback.

Keynote: Howard French, Columbia University
6 p.m., Weimer Hall, Gannett Auditorium, College of Journalism and Communications
China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa.

Welcome: Spiro Kiousis, Executive Associate Dean, College of Journalism and Communications

Introduction of Howard French: Michael Leslie, Co-organizer and fundraiser, Associate Professor, Telecommunication, College of Journalism and Communications

Reception follows at 7:00 p.m. in Weimer Hall.

Friday, April 10

9:00 a.m. – Coffee and Tea (219 Dauer Hall)

9:30 a.m. – 12 Noon – Workshop Panel 3 (219 Dauer Hall)

  1. Tang Xiaoyang, Tsinghua University
    “Does Chinese Employment Benefit Africans?— Investigation of Employment Practices of Chinese Enterprises in Africa”
  2. Ward Warmerdam (Profundo) and Meine Pieter van Dijk (ISS)
    Increasingly Proactive Relations with China: The Example of Chinese Wholesalers in Kampala
  3. Anita Spring, University of Florida
    Chinese State-Owned Enterprises and Private-Sector Businesses in Ghana and Mozambique: Trade, Investment and Migration Strategies
  4. Yang Jiao, University of Florida
    Chinese Illegal Gold Miners in Ghana: Motivations, Mechanisms, and Transnational Migration Experiences

Group discussion of the papers and feedback.

12 Noon – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch (Arredondo Room, Reitz Union)

2:00 – 4:30 p.m. – Workshop Panel 4 (G037 Weimer Hall)

Moderator: John Kaplan

  1. Fiona McLaughlin, University of Florida
    Centenaire Pidgin: An emergent trade language in Dakar’s Chinese market
  2. Michael Leslie, University of Florida
    A Giant Shapes Its Image: A Review of China Media Strategies Toward Africa
  3. Lianxing Li, China Daily, Beijing (via Skype)
    China and Africa in China’s Domestic Media
  4. Folu Ogundimu, Michigan State University
    Africa’s Press Environment and Clouds over China in Africa

Group discussion of the papers and feedback.

4:30 p.m. – Group Discussion of the Proposed Publication

Wrap – up

7:00 p.m. – Dinner

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Participant Biographies

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Agnes Ngoma Leslie

Agnes Ngoma Leslie, co-convenor and organizer of the conference, is Senior Lecturer and Outreach Director at the Center for African Studies, University of Florida. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Florida, where she teaches courses in African Politics, Women and Politics in Africa and Human Rights in Africa. Her publications include Social Movements and Democracy in Africa: The Impact of Women’s Rights in Botswana (Routledge, 2006) and editor of Encyclopedia of African History and Culture: A Learning Source Book. She is also the author of China in Zambia: Power, Politics and Workers’ Rights (forthcoming). She studies issues of state capacity, human and workers’ rights. She is a recipient of a 2011 University of Florida Faculty Enhancement Opportunity (FEO) award to compare Chinese enterprises in Zambia and Senegal and a 2015 a Fulbright award to conduct a longitudinal study of women’s participation in politics in Zambia.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_single_image image=”6005″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”large”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”5/6″][vc_column_text]

Anita Spring

Anita Spring, co-convenor of the conference, is Professor Emerita of Anthropology, University of Florida. She holds a PhD from Cornell University (Anthropology), masters’ degrees from Cornell University and San Francisco State University (Anthropology), and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley (Chemistry). She was Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida, and Chief of the Women in Agriculture and Rural Development at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations. She is past-president of Culture and Agriculture and current president of the Association for Africanist Anthropology. She is the author of 10 books and over 65 articles and monographs. She carried out R&D in 15 African countries focusing on international agricultural development, food security; business and entrepreneurship; gender issues, and since 2008, on Chinese migration and investments in Africa. Her co-authored Sub-Saharan Africa Business Environment Report, 2012-2013 includes data on Chinese investments in the 20 largest (GDP) African countries.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_single_image image=”5990″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”large”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”5/6″][vc_column_text]

Lina Benabdallah

Lina Benabdallah co-convenor of the conference, is doctoral candidate in International Relations at the University of Florida and is affiliated with the Center for African Studies. Her research centers on studying the concept of power at the international level, specifically Sino-African power relations. Lina holds a B.A and a M.A in applied linguistics from the University of Batna. Prior to embarking on the doctoral journey, she was a Fulbright scholar 2007-2008 at Missouri State University where she also received a Master’s degree in International Affairs and Administration. She then worked and lived in Liaoning Province (China) for a year in the joint program between Missouri State University’s Business College and Liaoning Normal University in Dalian. Her dissertation fieldwork (in China and Ethiopia) has been funded through several grants including the Center of African Studies pre-dissertation grant, the political science department summer grant, and the Office of Research doctoral grant.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_single_image image=”6002″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”large”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”5/6″][vc_column_text]

Michael Leslie

Michael Leslie is associate professor of journalism and communications at the University of Florida, where he coordinates the graduate program in international and intercultural communication. He is co-editor of Media and Democracy in Africa, with Folu Ogundimu and Goran Hyden (2002) and author of multiple journal and conference papers on the influence of mass media on society. Prior to his appointment at Florida, Leslie taught at the University of Zambia for three years, and the University of Yaounde, Cameroon, where he served as senior Fulbright professor. In 2013, he spent his sabbatical at Beijing Foreign Studies University, teaching intercultural communication and leadership, returning to China in 2014 to teach in the MBA program at Shanghai University and the undergraduate program at Nanjing University of Astronautics and Aeronautics. He is currently reviewing the body of research on China¹s efforts to influence Africa¹s media and African public opinion. Leslie speaks Spanish, French and Portuguese.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_single_image image=”5988″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”large”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”5/6″][vc_column_text]

Seifudein Adem

Seifudein Adem is Associate Research Professor and Associate Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at Binghamton University, New York, USA.  He was also President of the New York African Studies Association (2010-2011).  Dr. Adem is editor of Japan: A Model and a Partner (Brill, 2006) and China’s Diplomacy in Eastern and Southern Africa (Ashgate, 2013), among others; he is co-author (with Ali A. Mazrui) of AFRASIA: A Tale of Two Continents (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013), author of Hegemony and Discourse (University Press of America, 2005), and of many other books and academic articles  The courses Seifudein Adem currently teaches or is scheduled to teach at Binghamton University include China in Africa and Africa and Asia.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_single_image image=”6006″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”large”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”5/6″][vc_column_text]

Richard Aidoo

Richard Aidoo is Assistant Professor of Politics and adviser for Global Studies at the Department of Politics and Geography at Coastal Carolina University, South Carolina. He holds a Ph.D. in international relations and comparative politics from Miami University of Ohio. Aidoo also has an M.Phil. in Development Studies from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. His current research focuses on engagements between countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and East Asia. He is particularly interested in the varied impacts of the expanding role of China in the changing political economies of African states. Aidoo has published or has forthcoming works in different academic journals such as African and Asian Studies, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Asian Survey, Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, and African Affairs. He is the co-author of a forthcoming book – Charting the Roots of Anti-Chinese Populism in Africa.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_single_image image=”5989″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”large”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”5/6″][vc_column_text]

Ross Anthony

Ross Anthony is the Interim Director of the Center for Chinese Studies. His research focuses on Chinese politics both domestically and in its relationship with Africa. Ross examines the relationship between Chinese economic investments in Africa and geo-political security concerns. The work examines transnational infrastructure and resource linkage. He is also interested in the role the economy plays in determining political relations between China and Africa, recently fleshed out in a project focusing on the diplomacy of economic pragmatism in the triangular relationship between South Africa China and Taiwan. He teaches on China-Africa related issues as well as on issues of Chinese politics, economy, culture and history. He holds a doctorate from the University of Cambridge funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation and was previously a Mellon Foundation Research Fellow at the Centre for Chinese Studies.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_single_image image=”6023″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”large”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”5/6″][vc_column_text]

Meine Pieter van Dijk

Meine Pieter van Dijk is an economist and eminent professor of Water Services Management at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft, professor of entrepreneurship at Maastricht School of Management and professor of urban management at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) and at the Institute of Housing and Urban development Studies (IHS) of Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He has worked as a consultant for NGOs, the Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the World Bank. His books include: M.P. van Dijk (ed., 2012): Shifts in urban Water governance paradigms, Special issue International Journal of Water, Vol. 6, No. 3/4, pp. 137- 344; with Samson Kassahun and A. Bongwa (eds): Cities as engines of growth and transformation in Ethiopia. Addis Ababa: Lesan Press, and with J. Trienekens (eds); Global value chains, linking local producers from developing countries to international markets, Amsterdam: University Press. The new presence of China in Africa, Amsterdam: University Press.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_single_image image=”6008″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”large”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”5/6″][vc_column_text]

Yang Jiao

Yang Jiao is a doctoral candidate in the department of anthropology at the University of Florida. He is from Urumqi, Xinjiang Autonomous Region in northwest China. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Fudan University and a M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Florida. His research interests include transnationalism and China-Africa engagement. His dissertation entitled “Migration and Social Life of the Chinese entrepreneurs in Ghana” examines ways in which Chinese entrepreneurial migrants understand Ghanaian culture and society and adjust to the opportunities and challenges brought by Chinese investments in various sectors. He has received numerous grants for travel and research including Johns Hopkins University SAIS-China Africa Research Initiative Small Grant provided by the Smith Richardson Foundation and University of Florida Center for Africa Studies Pre-dissertation Summer Research Grant. He recently wrote a policy brief for the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies China Africa Research Initiative.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_single_image image=”6031″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”large”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”5/6″][vc_column_text]

Claude Kabemba

Claude Kabemba is Director of Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW). He holds a PhD in International Relations (political economy) from the University of the Witwatersrand. Before joining SARW, he worked at the Human Sciences Research Council and the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa, as a chief research manager. He has also worked at the Development Bank of Southern Africa and the Centre for Policy Studies. Dr. Kabemba’s main areas of interest include the political economy of Sub Saharan Africa, with a focus on Southern and Central Africa.His China-related publications include “The dragon is not green enough: the potential environmental impact of Chinese investment in the DRC” published in Axel Harneit-Sievers, Stephen Marks, Sanusha Naidu (eds.) Chinese and African Perspectives on China in Africa (Fahamu Books, 2010); and Kabemba, C and Garth Shelton (eds), “Win-Win Situation? China, Southern Africa and the Extractive Industries (Southern Africa Resource Watch, 2012).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_single_image image=”5992″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”large”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”5/6″][vc_column_text]

Daniel Large

Daniel Large is Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy, Central European University. Prior to joining CEU, he was Research Director of the Africa-Asia Centre, Royal African Society at the School of Oriental and African Studies. A fellow of the Rift Valley Institute, he is also director of the digital Sudan Open Archive (www.sudanarchive.net) and a research associate of the South African Institute of International Affairs. His publications include the co-edited volumes China Returns to Africa: A Rising Power and a Continent Embrace (London: Hurst 2008) and Sudan Looks East: China, India and the Politics of Asian Alternatives (Oxford: James Currey, 2011).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_single_image image=”6028″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”large”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”5/6″][vc_column_text]

Lianxing Li

Lianxing Li was the Chief Africa Correspondent for China Daily, from 2012-2015. He holds a master of philosophy in international relations from the University of Cambridge and a Master of Science in African Studies from the University of Oxford, where his research focused on Nigerian politics and China-African relations. Li currently does investigative reporting and in-depth feature writing for China Daily and China Daily Africa Weekly. His in-country reports on more than 20 African nations have included such topics as poaching, forestry, technology, integration, infrastructure, education, health, corporate social responsibility, agriculture and China-Africa cooperation-related issues. Before being posted to Africa, Li was a reporter for the International News Department of China Daily, covering conflict and war zones. He filed reports from Syria, Egypt, Pakistan, the Kenya-Somalia boarder, and other ‘hot’ zones.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_single_image image=”6007″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”large”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”5/6″][vc_column_text]

Fiona McLaughlin

Fiona McLaughlin is chair of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Florida. Her current research focuses on language contact and multilingualism in urban Africa, with a focus on Dakar. Her work has appeared in journals such as Language in Society, Africa, Phonology, Journal of the International Phonetic Association, Studies in African Linguistics, Popular Music, and the Journal of Religion in Africa. Her translation of Boubacar Boris Diop’s novel, Murambi, le livre des ossements, was published by Indiana University Press in 2006. Mc Laughlin has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and Fulbright. She is currently the senior editor for sociolinguistics and language contact phenomena in Africa for the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics. She has taught at universities in Niamey and Senegal, and she is a former director of the West Africa Research Center in Dakar.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_single_image image=”6027″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”large”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”5/6″][vc_column_text]

Folu Ogundimu

Folu Ogundimu is a professor of journalism and African Studies at Michigan State University. He is co-editor of Media and Democracy in Africa and Issue Editor, journal of African Rural and Urban Studies. Professor Ogundimu is a contributor to Freedom of the Press: The Global Survey of Media Independence issued annually by Freedom House (New York). He was principal investigator of the WHO-funded MSU Nigeria polio eradication project in northern Nigeria from 2010-12. A former senior research associate for Afrobarometer and the Center for Democracy and Development (Ghana), he serves on the editorial boards of several journals and has served as visiting professor to Sichuan University in Chengdu (China) and the University of Lagos (Nigeria). At Michigan State University, he also serves as core faculty of the African Studies Center, the Center for the Advanced Study of International Development, and the Center for Gender in a Global Context.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_single_image image=”5991″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”large”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”5/6″][vc_column_text]

Ward Warmerdam

Ward Warmerdam is a PhD candidate at the international Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Hague and an economic researcher at Profundo. His research is focused on China’s engagement with Africa, the lessons from China’s own development experience, and how these inform China’s aid principles and practices. Before starting his PhD Ward lived in China for 10 years running his own consultancy and language institute. Ward’s recent publications include: Warmerdam, W. (2014), “Beyond the Debates of Which is Best: Investigating the Complementarity of Chinese and Western Aid, and the Possible Lessons from China’s Development,” Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences, 7(1): 77-117; Warmerdam, W. (2013), “Having, Giving, Taking: China and Development Ownership,” Development Studies Forum, 40(3): 435-464; Warmerdam, W. and M. P. van Dijk (2013), and “China-Uganda and the Question of Mutual Benefits,” South African Journal of International Affairs, 20(2): 271-295.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_single_image image=”6009″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”large”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”5/6″][vc_column_text]

Tang Xiaoyang

Tang Xiaoyang is an associate professor in the Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University and a resident scholar at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. His research interests include political philosophy, China’s engagement in Africa and the modernization processes of developing countries. He is the author of China-Africa Economic Diplomacy (2014) and has published extensively on Asia-Africa relations. He completed his Ph.D. in philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York. He earned his M.A in philosophy from Freiburg University in Germany and his B.A in business management from Fudan University in Shanghai. He has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, USAID and various research institutes and consulting companies. Before joining Tsinghua, he worked at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington D.C.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]


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