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Below we have provided a list of all project publications as well as related conference papers funded by the project and related publications by project participants.

 

CONFERENCE PAPERS

Africa-China Relations: Balance, Growth and a Sustainable Future, Lagos, March 16-17, 2016,

 Li, Shubo & Orre, Aslak," The wolf and the bull in the palanca’s realm: Chinese telecommunication equipment companies in Angola",

International Conference on China-Africa Communications BeijingJune 12-13, 2015

Elling, Tjønneland & Helge Rønning, “China and Telecommunications in Africa- An overview and critical discussion”

Helge Rønning & Sérgio Chichava, “Chinese Communications Industries in Mozambique”

Goretti Nassanga & Sabiti Makara , “Africa’s rise from the peripheries of the network society and China’s contribution to digitalization of the continent : Case of Uganda”

Shubo Li & Aslak Orre, “Rhetoric, Perception and Reality: The role of Chinese telecom vendors in Angola”

China and Africa: Media, Communication and Public Diplomacy, Beijing, September 10-11, 2014

Sérgio Chichava, Lara Côrtes and Aslak Orre, "The coverage of China in the Mozambican press: Implications for Chinese soft-power"   Download

Alves, Ana, "Building Soft Power: China's Positive Economics Statecraft in Africa: Historical Comparisons"  Download

Bodomo,Adams, "Africans in China. The experiences from education and training"  Download 

He, Wenping, "People-Oriented Public Diplomacy: the Key for China’s Soft Power Building in Africa" Download 

Huang, Kuo,"Interpreting the ChinAfrica Dream: A China-Kenya Case" Download

Li, Shubo, "Play the Game of Encirclement in the Going out Age: The Mediation of Africa by China in the 21th century" Download 
 
Nassanga, Goretti & Makara, Sabiti, "Perceptions of Chinese Presence in Africa as reflected in african media: Case study of Uganda"  Download

Rønning,Helge, “How much 'Soft Power' does China have in Africa?"  Download 

Wasserman,Herman, "China's 'Soft Power' and on Editorial Agendas in South Africa", Download

Wekesa,Bob, "An analysis of China Central Television's Talk Africa Debate Show" Download

Tang, Xiaofen & Hu,Zhengrong, "Africa: the Others and the Mirrors:Online Grassroots Opinion towards Africa" Download 

Tjønneland,Elling, "China and Africa Politics: From non-interference to reluctant engagement? " Download 

Thussu, Daya,K.,"Asian Power in Africa: China Plus India" Download 

Wu, Yu-hsan, "Chinese Media in Africa and Public Diplomacy:Illustrations from South Africa" Download 

Zhang,Yanqiu, "Understand China's Media in Africa :from the perspective of Constructive Journalism" Download 

 

The Voice of China in Africa, Kampala and Maputo, Feburary 2014

Chichava,Sergio, “ Covering China in the Mozambican Press ”  at Conference The Voice of China in Africa, Maputo, February 19-20, 2014

 Cuna, Mauro & Chichava, Sérgio, “The Confucius Institute at UEM” at Conference The Voice of China in Africa, Maputo, February 19-20, 2014

 Jiang, Fei, “ Chinese Communicating Program in Africa ” at Conference, "The Voice of China in Africa" , Maputo, February 19-20, 2014

 Li, Anshan,  Soft Power and the Role of Media : A Case Study of PKU African Tele-Info”   at Conference, "The Voice of China in Africa" , Maputo, February 19-20, 2014 

Li, Shubo," From spectacle to myth "  , at Conference, "The Voice of China in Africa" , Maputo, February 19-20, 2014 

Nassanga, Goretti and Makara, Sabiti, The Media and Chinese soft power in Uganda The quest for investment and political influence  ,
at Conference, "The Voice of China in Africa" , Maputo, February 19-20, 2014 

Orre, Aslak,   "Any trace of Soft Power"? A review of Angolan Newspapers portrayal of China" at Conference  "The Voice of China in Africa" , Maputo, February 19-20, 2014 

Rodrigues, Rajú "The Coverage of Brazilian and Chinese Agricultural Investments in the Mozambican Press" at Conference The Voice of China in Africa, Maputo, February 19-20, 2014  

Rønning, Helge, “ Problematising the Concept of Chinese Soft Power”,  at Conference   "The Voice of China in Africa" , Maputo, February 19-20, 2014

Tjønneland,Elling “ Comparative perspectives on the Chinese, Indian and Brazilian engagement in Mozambique and Southern Africa ”, at Conference  The Voice of China in Africa, Maputo, February 19-20, 2014

Tjønneland,Elling,“ Asians in Africa: A comparative study of the Chinese and Indian engagements in Africa ”, at Conference The Voice of China in Africa, Kampala, February 4, 2014

Wu, Yu-hsan, “ China's public diplomacy in Africa” at Conference, "The Voice of China in Africa" , Maputo, February 19-20, 2014

 Communicating Soft Power. Contrasting Perspectives from India and China, University of Westminster, London, UK. September 9-10, 2013

NASSANGA Goretti Linda & MAKARA Sabit , " The Media and Chinese Soft Power in Uganda. The quest for investment and political influence "

 


 

The research project "The Voice of China in Africa" is financed by The Norwegian Research Council and implemented by the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) in Norway in cooperation with researchers and academic and research institutions in Norway, Uganda, Mozambique and China.  8 researchers are participating in the project. The participating institutions are:

The Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) is an independent research foundation in Bergen, Norway. It is a development research institution with a staff of more than 70 and research programmes and projects in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

Department of Media and Communication (IMK) at the University of Oslo, Norway is an interdisciplinary institute, based on academic traditions from both the humanities and the social sciences. The institute has 55 employees and more than 600 students.

Department of Journalism and Communication (DJC), Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda was established in 1989 as the first degree-offering programme of its kind in East Africa. It has been recognised by UNESCO as a potential centre of excellence in Journalism training in Africa and is moving towards the realisation of this potential.

Department of Political Science and Public Administration (DPSPA) Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda is divided into three sub-fields, that is Politics, Public Administration and International Relations. The study of politics focuses on the formation of institutions and processes that make, execute and enforce the laws of society. It also focuses on activities of many individuals, groups and extra-government institutions that relate to or affect the Government in a significant way.

Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Económicos (IESE) in Maputo, Mozambique is an independent institute doing interdisciplinary research on social and economic development issues primarily in Mozambique and Southern Africa.

The Institute of Journalism and Communication Studies (IJCS) is a core academic base for research on journalism and communication in China. It is one of the 32 research institutes in the Chinese Academy of the Social Sciences (CASS). CASS is an institution directly under the State Council and is China’s highest academic research organization in the fields of philosophy and social sciences.  

Participating researchers:

Helge Rønning

Professor in the Department of Media and Communication

Elling N. Tjønneland

Senior researcher

Aslak Orre

Senior researcher

Goretti Linda Nassanga

Professor in the Department of Journalism and Communication

Sabiti Makara

Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration

Fei Jiang

Professor in the Institute of Journalism and Communication Studies

In the past decade much has been written on China’s increasing importance and growing influence in Africa. So far most of the research has focused on different dimensions of China’s economic engagement such as trade, investments and development finance, oil and natural resources and infrastructure, but also on Chinese migration. There has been less work on the role of the expanding Chinese “soft power” engagement on the African continent. While some research has been done on political and diplomatic relations we know far less about other dimensions of Chinese “soft power”.   

This is the focus of the present 3-year research project on The Voice of China in Africa. It seeks to analyse the interaction between China and Africa in areas such as communication industries, media, and culture.

The aims of the project are to:

  1. Contextualise China''s soft power strategy in Africa;
  2. Investigate How Chinese telecommunication companies shape Africa’s future in communication: digital broadcasting, Internet provision and mobile Internet markets;
  3. Analyse the role of cultural and journalistic promoters;
  4. Assess China’s nation branding project in Africa, which can take the forms of public diplomacy, political value-sharing programmes and economic aid particularly in areas that appeal to broad layers of the population – health, education, sports facilities;
  5. Evaluate how African societies perceive the manifestations of China’s presence on the continent as reflected in African media
  6. Establish how Chinese media perceive the engagement in Africa. 

The main part of the research will concentrate on the situation in Uganda, Mozambique and Angola.

The Voice of China in Africa is a collaborative research project between The Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) in Bergen, Norway, and the Department of Media and Communication (IMK) University of Oslo, Norway; the Institute of Journalism and  Communication at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS); Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Economicos (IESE), Maputo, Mozambique; the Department of Journalism and Communication and the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Makerere University, Uganda.

This project website provides a presentation of the participating institutions and project staff; a list of all publications from the project and related publications from the participating institutions; a list of literature, resources and weblinks related to Chinese soft power and media; and a list of forthcoming workshops and project events.

The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway. It was launched in March 2013 and the current phase will run for three years.

Publications