What We’re Reading

The following is a selected list of what we’re reading here at The China-Africa Knowledge Project. The list is a snapshot of the some of the most active and informative China-Africa blogs.


Africans in China

Robert Castillo gathers up everything related to Africans in China, as well as contributing his own opinions on the matter. A former journalist pursuing a PhD in Cultural Studies, Castillo looks at the topic through the lens of an academic.


Centre for Chinese Studies, Stellenbosch University — Publications

The Center for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University was established in June 2004 as the only China-Africa-focused research center in Africa. CCS is committed to China-Africa issues, and its outputs include member publications, a weekly news update, a strong media presence, and commissioned reports. They have recently established a peer-reviewed journal, African-East Asian Affairs, and have a good archive of reports and newsletters.


Chine - Afrique (French)

Created by sinologist Thierry Pairault, Chine - Afrique is a collection of journal and news articles, studies, reports and statistics pertinent to China-Africa relations, in particular China-Algeria and Chinese investment in Africa.



This site is the home of China’s only monthly magazine targeted specifically at an African audience, and offers news articles and opinion pieces on a wide range of subjects in English, French and Chinese.


The China-Africa Project

This site (along with its Facebook page) is an excellent source of news articles and podcasts. The blog also offers translations of Chinese pieces on China-Africa.


China-Africa Reporting Project

The Wits China-Africa Reporting Project, hosted within the Journalism Department of the University of Witwatersrand, aims to improve the quality of reporting around China-Africa issues. It offers fellowships for Chinese and African journalists, as well as a blog with reporting on Sino-Africa issues.


China's Aid in Africa

This blog, curated by Kathleen E. McLaughlin and funded by a grant from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, looks at Chinese health diplomacy in Africa and the issue of fake drugs.


China in Africa: The Real Story

Professor Deborah Bräutigam, one of the major scholars in China-Africa relations, presents some of her latest research and musings on her own blog. She has very interesting pieces in her own right, but also allows for fascinating guest-bloggers to share their research.


China Open Mic

This blog, run by Andy Liu, looks at international development issues as they relate to China. Since so many of these issues tend to revolve around Africa, it is an occasional source of Sino-Africa analysis.


Christian Straube's Blog

This blog, by Christian Straube, focuses on the Congo, Zambia and Chinese engagement on the African Copperbelt, but also includes miscellaneous news items and thought pieces on many other topics.


Cowries and Rice

This blog, by Winslow Robertson, looks at unusual China-Africa connections and has a strong focus on history. It also offers a newsletter and a podcast.


South African Institute of International Affairs — China and Africa Research

The South African Institute of International Affairs tracks South Africa’s international engagements, offers original analysis on its site, and produces research reports and working papers.  Through their Global Powers and Africa program they have conducted flagship research on China and Africa. SAIIA has a large archive of their publications and reports.


The East is Read

This blog, by Mothusi Turner, looks at China-Africa issues with a strong emphasis on Lesotho-China relations.


The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn

Ambassador David Shinn writes daily on a broad array of topics, mostly China-Africa related but sometimes related to Sudan/South Sudan or the Horn of Africa.