Xiaoxue Weng's blog posts
Can Chinese business engagement ensure sustainability and benefit the poor? Our research suggests complex factors shape their operations – of which Chinese policies play only a minor role.
Understanding Africa's burgeoning informal economy – where rural communities make their living by working with/for small-scale Chinese businesses in natural resources extraction and production – is critical for assessing China's impacts on the continent and designing policies that work for the rural poor in Africa.
Chinese journalists rarely report from Africa. As a result, the Chinese public knows little about the continent – and even less about the environmental and development challenges associated with Chinese investment and consumption decisions.