The audience will be engaged on the dynamic history of when China first developed its relations with Africa and also cover the geopolitical and economic impact of both the Chinese and the Africans. The audience will also be enlightened on how China’s African engagements has helped shape its Belt and Road initiative and the impact of their engagement overall in Africa.
The event will conclude with a Q&A session
Guest Speaker: Prof. Howard French - Columbia University School of Journalism
Prof. Howard French is a career foreign correspondent and global affairs writer and the author of five books, including three works of non-fiction, a work of documentary photography and a forthcoming book about Africa and the birth of modernity.
He worked as a French-English translator in Abidjan, Ivory Coast in the early 1980s, and taught English literature for several years at the University of Abidjan. His career in journalism began as a freelance reporter for The Washington Post and other publications in West Africa. He joined The New York Times in 1986, and worked as a metropolitan reporter with the newspaper for three years, and then from 1990 to 2008 reported overseas for The Times as bureau chief for Central America and the Caribbean, West and Central Africa, Japan and the Koreas, and China, based in Shanghai. During this time, his coverage was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize; he was twice the recipient of an Overseas Press Club Award, and his work received numerous other awards.
From 2005 to 2008, alongside his correspondence for The Times, French was a weekly columnist on global affairs for the International Herald Tribune.
His most recent non-fiction book, titled “Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power,” was published by Knopf in March 2017, and was widely reviewed and featured by The Guardian and other publications as one of its notable books of the season.
He is the author, previously, of “China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa,” published by Knopf in May 2014. China's Second Continent was named one of 100 Notable Books of 2014 by The New York Times, and was cited by The Economist, The Guardian and Foreign Affairs and several other publications as one of the best books of 2014.