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June 10, 2023

WATCH: Knowledge on China Journalists Training Workshop, 20 March 2023

The Africa-China Reporting Project, in collaboration with the China Global South Project, invite journalists, researchers and media professionals to watch the capacity building informative workshop on China 101: Knowledge Building for African journalists.

China’s engagement in Africa is undergoing profound change. The era of generous Chinese infrastructure financing for largescale infrastructure projects across the continent has given way to a new focus on austerity and feasibility.

Both sides are now diversifying their relationships with Africa looking to the Persian Gulf, Southeast Asia and other regions for new markets and investment while China shifts its attention closer to home amid heightened tensions with the United States.

These shifts are happening with much speed, though, that it is difficult for African journalists, scholars, content creators and other observers to keep up. This online workshop will provide an in-depth briefing for African media professionals on the current trends in China, a background on the recent political changes in China’s leadership and how all of this impacts relations with African countries.

The workshop is hosted by Bongiwe Tutu, Project Coordinator of the Africa-China Reporting Project, and by Eric Olander, co-founder and editor in chief of The China-Global South Project and podcast. In discussion we are joined by one of the world’s leading China observers, Kaiser Kuo, co-founder of the popular Sinica Podcast and editor-at-large of The China Project.

The Workshop discussion includes:

  • China 101: China in the Xi Jinping era. Who are the new people in power?
  • China 101: China’s new priorities in an era of great power competition with the United States.
  • Reporting China: What should journalists know when covering China-related issues?
  • Reporting China: What do international journalists get right/wrong covering China?
  • China-Africa 101: Top 3 myths about China that appear in Africa media.
  • China-Africa 101: Why covering China in Africa today is different than it was just a few years ago?

This webinar was further packaged into a special podcast episode in the China Global South Podcast, produced in conjunction with the Africa-China Reporting Project (ACRP) at Wits University in Johannesburg, featuring Bongiwe Tutu, Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden and Kaiser Kuo in discussion of how African journalists can advance their reporting on China.

Listen to the full Podcast below:


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