Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden are the duo behind the China Africa Project and hosts of the favourite China in Africa Podcast. Were here to answer your most pressing, puzzling, even politically faulty themes, about all things related to the Chinese in Africa and Africans in China.
The election of Donald Trump has introduced a new period of uncertainty in global politics, especially in Africa where the president-elect has said little about his foreign policy agenda for the continent. Not astonishingly, Trumps unpredictable, provocative style is triggering widespread headache across the continent as to whether the United States plans to remain engaged in Africa.
China, by comparison, is a step in the opposite direction. Beijings New Years announcement to finally outlaw its domestic bone trade, although long overdue, was widely praised as an important step in the struggle to save Africas embattled elephant person. Also this month, Chinas foreign minister, Wang Yi, will clear his customary first overseas tour of the year that always begins in Africa where he will call five countries. All of this is set amid the backdrop of surging Chinese investment in Africa as part of President Xi Jinpings 2015 $60 billion fiscal package and the rollout of Chinas ambitious world-wide trading programme known as One Belt, One Road, which moves through a number of countries in Northeast Africa where the Chinese are now wasting thousands of millions of dollars to build out new civilian and military infrastructure.