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October 21 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Tue Oct 21 2014, 09:46:00

The Journal of Asian and African Studies published online 5 September 2014 a study titled "China's Development and Its Aid Presence in Africa: A Critical Reflection from the Perspective of Development Anthropology" by Zhongguang Niu, Minzu University in Beijing.  This link takes you to the abstract; you can then access the entire PDF text. 

The author argues that China's aid presence in Africa is imprinted with China's own development practices and makes the case by drawing on the experience of Chinese development aid to Ethiopia.  The paper discusses the potential roles of Chinese anthropologists, who have been surprisingly absent from development issues.  

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October 20 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Mon Oct 20 2014, 11:30:00

The International Monetary Fund published in October 2014 the Staff Report for the 2014 Article IV Consultation with Ethiopia.  This 76 page document concluded that Ethiopia's growth is expected to remain strong, driven mainly by agriculture and services.  Inflation should continue to remain in single digits, in line with a tight monetary policy.  Key downside risks include insufficient financing for infrastructure investment in the Growth and Transformation Plan, lower prices of main export commodities, and weather-related shocks, particularly a drought.

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October 18 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Sat Oct 18 2014, 19:58:00

A recent and highly technical paper to be published in a forthcoming edition of The World Economy on China's trade patterns with African countries is available online.  Titled "The Gravity of China's African Export Promise," the authors are Lauren Johnston, Peking University, Stephen Morgan, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, and Yuesheng Wang, Peking University.  Using a gravity model of China's imports for the years 1995-2009, the authors explore potential dynamics for China's export promise.

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October 17 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Fri Oct 17 2014, 15:02:00

The Inter Press Service published on 16 October 2014 an article titled "Ethiopia Shows Developing World How to Make a Green Economy Prosper" by James Jeffrey.  The article concludes that Ethiopia appears to have heeded past problems and chosen to follow a different and more sustainable path. 

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October 15 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Wed Oct 15 2014, 16:24:00

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI), a UK-based think tank, published a paper in September 2014 titled "Developing Countries and the Slowdown in China" by Judith Tyson, Jane Kennan, and Zhenbo Hou. 

The report notes that the IMF and OECD forecast a slowdown in China's gross domestic product (GDP) to 7.0 percent for 2015.  ODI estimates a slowdown towards 5 percent in GDP growth from 2015 if decisive policy action is taken and below 4 percent if it is not. 

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From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Wed Oct 15 2014, 11:08:00

World Politics Review published on 14 October 2014 a short interview with Celeste Hicks titled "Chad Uses Environmental Rules to Keep Tight Grip on Oil Sector."  It provides a status report on the dispute between the government of Chad and the Chinese National Petroleum Company over oil extraction licenses and investment in the oil sector.

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From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Wed Oct 15 2014, 08:15:00

The China and Greece blog asked me to respond to three questions concerning the China-Africa relationship.  My responses appeared on the blog in English, Greek and Chinese. 

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October 13 2014

From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Mon Oct 13 2014, 21:10:00

China Brief published on 10 October 2014 an analysis titled "Testing the Limits: China's Expanding Role in the South Sudanese Civil War" by Zhou Hang, a Beijing-based researcher with the China and Global Security Project at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

The author concludes that the need for the Chinese government to protect its significant investments and nationals encourages Beijing to adopt  a more engaged policy in South Sudan. 

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From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Mon Oct 13 2014, 20:53:00

George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs asked me to comment on the impact of the U.S.-Africa Summit that took place in Washington in August 2014.  It published the brief interview on 13 October 2014. 

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From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Mon Oct 13 2014, 09:30:00

The Minneapolis Star Tribune carried on 12 October 2014 an Associated Press article titled "Prosecutor Fights Terrorism by Building Trust" by Amy Forliti.  The focus of the article is the U.S. Attorney in Minneapolis who is trying to work with the Somali community there to build mutual trust.

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