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China Says “Mission Accomplished” in COVID-19 Fight and Wants African Countries to Follow its ExampleApr 2, 2020
The Chinese propaganda machine in Africa is cranked all the way up. Newspapers, radio, TV, Twitter, Facebook, you name it, the Chinese are there with a big bold message: “WE DEFEATED COVID-19! WE’RE HELPING AFRICA! NOW SUCK IT AMERICA!” OK, that’s somewhat interpretive, but you ...
Chinese Pay-TV Operator StarTimes’ New App Will Help You Determine if You’re Infected With COVID-19Apr 2, 2020
Chinese-owned African pay-TV giant StarTimes launched a new service on its StarTimes ON platform that is intended to help users determine if they are infected with COVID-19. Think of this as a sort of pre-diagnosis. Here’s how it works: a user answers a few questions ...
David Ndii: “Coronavirus Will be the Final Nail in the Coffin of “Infrastructure-led Growth”Apr 2, 2020
Economist David Ndii, one of Kenya’s leading political economy thinkers, a popular columnist and a longtime critic of the government’s policy of borrowing heavily from China to build infrastructure, conducted a fascinating hour-long interview with Kenyan philosopher ...
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China Adds Paid Media to its Already Formidable Propaganda Arsenal in AfricaApr 2, 2020
China added yet another channel to its propaganda media distribution network in Africa with paid editorial content in South Africa’s leading financial newspaper Business Day. While paid Chinese editorial inserts are nothing new around the world (China Daily famously pays the New ...
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With an Eye on China, South Africa Keeps Ports and Fishing Industry Open During LockdownApr 2, 2020
While most South Africans are required to stay indoors during the ongoing 21-day lockdown to combat the COVID-19 outbreak, fishermen and dock-workers are still on the job. Both the seafood industry and the country’s ports were deemed vital to the national economy and ...
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Africans Worry About Quality of Donated Chinese COVID-19 Aid Following Reports of Defective Masks in EuropeApr 1, 2020
Earlier this week I wrote a story about the reputational risks associated with China’s so-called “Mask Diplomacy” initiative where it’s donating millions of PPE to countries around the world. The basic premise of the story is that if everything goes well, then China ...
As South Africans Begin Their Lockdown Period, Compatriots Back in Wuhan Offer Some Advice on How to CopeApr 1, 2020
Now that the 114 South Africans who were evacuated from Wuhan last month have been cleared and allowed to return home, Eyewitness News interviewed a number of students and other expatriates who stayed behind in China to find out how they’re coping with the difficulties ...
China’s State Media Promotes Use of Traditional Chinese Medicine to Treat COVID-19 in AfricaApr 1, 2020
Chinese official media is actively promoting the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine remedies in Africa to treat COVID-19 despite the fact that the WHO is on record discouraging “taking traditional herbal remedies” for COVID-19. Get a daily email ...
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Rebound in Chinese Manufacturing Provides a Small, Badly Needed Boost to African Oil PricesApr 1, 2020
New data confirming that China’s manufacturing sector is slowly coming back to life helped to give a badly needed boost to African commodity and currency prices on Tuesday. China’s Purchasing Managers Index, a key metric that measures factory activity, jumped to 52 in March from ...
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Tweet of the Day: China’s Deputy Ambassador to Zimbabwe Uses Less Than Diplomatic Language to Describe the U.S. PresidentMar 30, 2020
China’s typically non-combative deputy ambassador to Zimbabwe, Zhao Baogang, revealed his feelings about Donald Trump, accusing the U.S. president of being “arrogant” and “lying all the time.” This is a rather sharp rhetorical escalation for Zhao, who has until now focused his social media ...
Chinese Companies in Zimbabwe Pay for Major Renovation of Harare’s Main COVID-19 Care CenterMar 30, 2020
Workers at Harare’s central medical center, Wilkins Hospital, are putting the final touches on a major renovation project that was funded by Chinese companies operating in Zimbabwe. It’s not immediately clear which companies were involved in the half-million-dollar upgrade of the hospital and whether the ...
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Huawei Joins COVID-19 Relief Effort in East Africa With High Tech DonationsMar 30, 2020
The Chinese telecom giant Huawei is stepping up its CSR efforts in East Africa to support governments in the region with various technology solutions to aid their fight to contain the outbreak of COVID-19. These donations, and the accompanying media coverage, highlight an increasingly sophisticated ...
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Beijing’s “Mask Diplomacy” Now a Simmering Issue in the Increasingly Acrimonious U.S.-China RelationshipMar 30, 2020
U.S. policymakers, journalists and other Washington, D.C. stakeholders have noted with growing alarm how China is leveraging the distribution of masks and other PPE used to contain COVID-19 to advance its diplomatic agenda around the world. There is a sense of deep unease at the ...
Kenya Star Newspaper Fact Checks Allegation China Sending COVID-19 Infected Mattresses to AfricaMar 26, 2020
Quick update on the story we told you about yesterday regarding the fake news posts circulating around the African internet warning people that China is sending mattresses and clothing infected with COVID-19 from Wuhan and other cities. The fact-checking team at the Kenya Star newspaper ...
A Simple Twitter Typo Sparked Accusations That Zimbabwe Officials Made Off With Jack Ma’s Donated COVID-19 Safety GearMar 26, 2020
Someone on either the social media team at the Chinese embassy in Harare or the Ministry of Health in Harare made a critical typo that prompted immediate speculation that Zimbabwean officials had fleeced the COVID-19 protective suits donated by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma. When the ...
DRC President’s Refusal to Wear Mask in Meeting With Chinese Ambassador Sparks ConcernMar 25, 2020
China’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo met with President Félix Tshisekedi yesterday in Kinshasa and while they did maintain a proper distance from one another, the president’s refusal to wear a mask prompted concern among Congolese Twitter users. “Why didn’t the president ...
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African Twitter Responds to Hantavirus Death in ChinaMar 25, 2020
A Tweet by the Chinese state-run Global Times newspaper about a man dying from Hantavirus on a bus going to Shandong province in China sparked fears — unfounded — on African Twitter of “Coronavirus 2.0.” The Hantavirus is an extremely rare type ...
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Fake COVID-19 News and Misinformation Now Rampant on African WhatsApp Channels and Social MediaMar 25, 2020
With COVID-19 now steadily making its way across Africa, misleading or downright false information is becoming an increasingly serious problem across the continent. Posts like this one warn Africans on Twitter and WhatsApp about buying used mattresses from China because they are infected with the ...
Joy and Relief as Jack Ma’s Donated Masks and COVID-19 Test Kits Make Their Way to Countries Across AfricaMar 25, 2020
Ethiopian Airlines jets packed with medical supplies donated by Chinese billionaire and philanthropist Jack Ma landed at airports across Africa yesterday. Each country is to receive an equal allocation of masks, COVID-19 testing kits and protective wear for medical personnel. Jack Ma’s Donations Have Landed ...
U.S. Conservative Media Now Fully Enraged About China’s Former Ambassador to South Africa Lin Songtian… And Maybe That’s All Part of the PlanMar 23, 2020
China’s outspoken, charismatic ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, is reportedly preparing to leave the country today, according to a report by journalist Peter Fabricius in the Daily Maverick. In the report, Fabricius insinuated that Ambassador Lin had been ...
Chinese Embassy in Botswana Uses Facebook to Slam U.S. Over Failure to Deliver COVID-19 DonationMar 23, 2020
The Chinese embassy in Botswana has joined the growing chorus of Chinese diplomatic social media accounts in escalating anti-U.S. rhetoric. In a strongly-worded post published on the embassy’s Facebook page, the mission alleged that none of the funds promised by the United States were ever ...
Context Matters: No Matter How Much Good Press China’s Getting Over its COVID-19 Relief Efforts, the U.S. Far Outspends the Chinese in African Public HealthMar 23, 2020
Popular Nigerian political commentator Onye Nkuzi (nom de plume) reminded his 155,000+ followers on Twitter that while China may be getting a lot of attention for its recent COVID-19 relief efforts, it’s the United States that remains the dominant public health ...
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Millions of Masks and COVID-19 Test Kits Donated by Alibaba’s Jack Ma Arrive in AfricaMar 23, 2020
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the distribution of the millions of masks, testing kits and other medical supplies donated by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma will begin as early as today. The Boeing 777 Ethiopian Airlines cargo plane full of supplies took off on Saturday ...
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China’s Aid Push and COVID-19 Revisionism Rankles the U.S.Mar 19, 2020
The U.S. President and his supporters in conservative media are determined to link COVID-19 with China by insisting on referring to it as “Chinese” or “Wuhan virus” over the objections of the World Health Organization who work hard to avoid using locations or countries in ...
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China Leveraging Its Deeply-embedded Media Ties in Africa to Tell its COVID-19 Aid StoryMar 19, 2020
The Chinese government is leveraging its vast content distribution network in Africa to tell its story about its rapidly expanding anti-COVID-19 relief effort that’s now underway. Articles written by Xinhua and other state-run media outlets are popping up across African news websites this week to ...
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China Leveraging New Aid Push to “Flip the Script” on the COVID-19 Story Says China ScholarMar 19, 2020
The highly coordinated Chinese COVID-19 relief effort that is underway around the world is in part intended to provide badly-needed supplies to countries in need but also to shift the narrative about China’s role in the entire COVID-19 saga. Now that China has largely tamed ...
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China Launches Massive Global COVID-19 Aid Campaign in AfricaMar 19, 2020
Over the past several days China has rapidly escalated relief efforts in Africa and elsewhere around the world to help governments to contain the spread of COVID-19. Chinese state-run media outlets, official social media accounts and third-party media partners across Africa (see below) are flooded ...
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Some Helpful Tips From a South African Expat in China Who’s Been Social Distancing For the Past Two MonthsMar 18, 2020
Now that most of us are working from home and being encouraged to keep a 2-meter or 6-foot social distance from other people, we’re having to learn entirely new routines. While this may be difficult to get used to for those outside of China, countless ...
Eager to Resume Trade With China, Kenya Announces New Plan to Disinfect ImportsMar 18, 2020
The Kenyan government announced new measures to ensure that imports from China and other countries will be disinfected to avoid infection from the COVID-19. Although scientists do not believe the virus can survive the duration and temperatures related to container shipping, the government’s new strategy ...
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U.S. Conservatives Don’t Like China’s Close Relationship With the World Health OrganizationMar 18, 2020
There’s growing anger among U.S. conservatives over the World Health Organization’s handling of the burgeoning COVID-19 and the international body’s close ties with the Chinese government. Additionally, these U.S. critics contend that the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has the backing of Beijing in part because ...
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Conservative U.S. Media Outlets Focus Their Ire on China’s Ambassador to South AfricaMar 18, 2020
China’s ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, tweeted for the first time just six months ago. If the outspoken envoy planned from the beginning to use his new social media presence to provoke the United States, well, mission accomplished! Ambassador Lin has emerged as one ...
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In the Diplomatic Optics Game, China Shows That it Can Get Things Done to Help Fortify Africa Against COVID-19Mar 17, 2020
Now that the COVID-19 crisis in China is receding, Chinese officials are stepping up their efforts to help other countries in their fight against the deadly virus. Although in many instances the amount of aid, measured in dollars, is far less than what the United ...
Chinese Twitter Accounts Aim to Sow Doubt About COVID-19 OriginsMar 17, 2020
One of the hallmarks of the Chinese campaign against the notion that COVID-19 originated from one of Wuhan’s live animal food markets is to promote the idea that scientists are investigating the virus’ origins. They don’t provide any proof or other ...
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Egyptian Tourism Authorities Scramble to do Damage Control Following Viral Video of Chinese Tourist Abandoned by Taxi Drivers Shouting “Corona Corona!”Mar 12, 2020
Egyptian tourism authorities are hoping that some flowers and a sincere apology to a Chinese tourist will make up for him being kicked out of a taxi and humiliated by drivers shouting “corona corona!” on Wednesday. The incident took place on one of Cairo’s busy ...
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As South Africans Prepare to Leave Wuhan, Evacuation Hopes Fade For Other Africans Left BehindMar 12, 2020
The imminent evacuation of 122 South Africans from Wuhan will likely be the last such rescue mission to bring home Africans stranded in China. Now that the infection rate in Wuhan, the epicenter of the viral outbreak, is steadily going down, the city is slowly ...
Racially Charged Conspiracy Theories About Why COVID-19 is Rarer in Africa Circulate Widely on African TwitterMar 11, 2020
While COVID-19 is now rapidly spreading in Europe and the United States, Africa, as far as we know, has so far largely been spared. This has prompted a heated discussion online about why the continent has seen so few infections. While it may seem like ...
As the COVID-19 Crisis Recedes at Home, China Promises New Support for African CountriesMar 11, 2020
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang addressed Africa’s struggle against COVID-19 at yesterday’s regular press briefing in Beijing. Geng acknowledged that a number of African countries had provided China with money and supplies in recent weeks and promised that Beijing would provide additional support in ...
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South Africans to be Evacuated From Wuhan Will be Home by Friday Says GovernmentMar 11, 2020
After weeks of delays and uncertainty, details of the operation to evacuate 122 South African nationals from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the COVID-19 epidemic, were suddenly revealed on Tuesday. President Cyril Ramaphosa paid a visit to the military crew who will take part in ...
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Tweet of the Day: Chinese Support of ANC Women’s League Charity Highlights Importance of CCP-ANC TiesMar 10, 2020
China’s relationship with South Africa operates on two distinct levels: one governmental and the other between the two countries’ ruling parties. Although not historical allies, the CCP’s ties with the ANC nonetheless run very deep. Get a daily email packed with the latest China-Africa news ...
With an Eye on China, Europe Unveils New Africa StrategyMar 10, 2020
15 years after the European Union published its last strategy document for Africa, EU foreign policy leaders have come up with a new policy vision for the continent that officials unveiled on Monday. Officials say the “Comprehensive Strategy with Africa” aims to reset relations between ...
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South Africans in Wuhan Wait and Wonder When They’ll be EvacuatedMar 10, 2020
Hundreds of South African nationals stranded in Wuhan, China are growing despondent in response to the lack of any update from officials in Pretoria over their planned evacuation. When President Cyril Ramaphosa announced plans for the evacuation, he said it would happen within a week. ...
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Chinese Ambassadors in Africa Amplify Beijing’s New Line That COVID-19 Isn’t “Made in China”Mar 9, 2020
Chinese diplomats in Africa are really stepping up their efforts to try and persuade everyone that COVID-19 did not originate in China. Last week Ambassador Wu Peng in Kenya used this line and now Lin Songtian in South Africa appears ...
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Did a Chinese Woman Die From COVID-19 in Zimbabwe? Depends on Who You BelieveMar 9, 2020
Here’s what we know: a woman from the eastern city of Mutare who recently returned from China made it to Wilkins hospital in Harare where she checked herself in complaining of symptoms consistent with those of COVID-19. We don’t know her nationality and what the ...
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Africans May Dislike Their Dependence on Imported Chinese Goods, But There Isn’t Much They Can Do About ItMar 9, 2020
With a majority of China’s ports and factories still offline due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, African businesses are starting to run very low on supplies of products sourced in China, prompting discussions about where they will be able to find new, reliable yet equally ...
With Inventories of Chinese-made Products Running Low Across Africa, Shop Owners Wonder What’s NextMar 9, 2020
China-Africa trade has essentially come to a halt due to the worsening COVID-19 outbreak around the world, adding new pressure on small business owners across Africa who make a living selling imported Chinese goods. Now with inventories running low, shopowners are wondering how they’re going ...
The COVID-19 Crisis is Rapidly Evolving From a Health Crisis to an Economic Crisis to a Governance Crisis for Some African LeadersMar 5, 2020
Largely spared of the serious health consequences from the COVID-19 outbreak around the world, the crisis in Africa is now rapidly evolving into an economic and now, increasingly, a political crisis as constituents in a number of African countries express frustration over how their governments ...
The #WuhanShake Makes it to AfricaMar 4, 2020
The “Wuhan Shake” that’s been trending on Twitter for the past few days has made its way from China all the way to the State House in Tanzania. After talks with National Convention for Construction and Reform leader Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad, rather than the customary handshake ...
This Week’s Viral Video of Two Chinese People Being Harassed in Kenya Sparks an Unusual Response on Twitter: SympathyMar 4, 2020
A longer 30-second version of the viral video of two Chinese nationals being verbally accosted by a group of Kenyan men shouting “you’re corona!” started to circulate on Twitter yesterday and provoked an unexpected response from Kenyan social media users… kindness and sympathy. “This is ...
With No End in Sight, Livelihoods in Kenya Now at Risk Due to COVID-19 Trade CrisisMar 4, 2020
With China’s factories and ports still struggling to get back up to speed, the massive disruptions to the global supply chain are being felt disproportionately among small-to-medium-sized enterprises in countries like Kenya. Inventories are running so low now in a rapidly growing number of Kenyan ...
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It’s Official: South Africa Is in Recession and COVID-19 Is Making Things Much WorseMar 4, 2020
The South African government confirmed what investors had long suspected: the economy slipped into recession at the end of last year. New GDP data released on Tuesday by Stats SA reveals the economy is officially in recession and growing at the slowest rate since the ...
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While South Africans Prepare to Evacuate, China’s Deputy Ambassador to Zimbabwe Tells Anxious Parents It’s Better Their Kids Remain in WuhanMar 4, 2020
China’s Deputy Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Zhao Baogang, convened a meeting with the parents of students currently stuck in Wuhan at the embassy in Harare on Tuesday. Amid reports of dwindling food supplies and worsening mental health conditions confronting many of the students under quarantine, the ...
“Evacuation Details Under Wraps so We Can’t Spill It to the Media”Mar 4, 2020
The 151 South Africans who have signed up to be evacuated from Wuhan, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, are anxiously awaiting details about when the operation will take place. At present, they don’t even have basic information, for example when they’re expected to be ...
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South African Agriculture Struggles Amid COVID-19 Trade DisruptionsMar 3, 2020
John Purchase, CEO of the South African agriculture chamber of commerce, Agbiz, spoke with CNBC on Monday about the impact that worsening trade disruptions are having on the local agricultural sector. Purchase said farmers are already starting to experience financial losses, particularly since products like ...
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Chinese in Kenya Face Stigmatization and Discrimination Due to COVID-19Mar 3, 2020
Chinese expatriates in Kenya and other African countries are becoming increasingly stigmatized by local populations fearful of contracting COVID-19. In major cities, ethnic Chinese people of all nationalities say they’re confining themselves to their homes to avoid increasingly common confrontations. So far, there’ve been no ...
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South Africa’s Plan to Evacuate Its Nationals From Wuhan Takes ShapeMar 3, 2020
A multi-agency task force is designing the plan to safely evacuate 151 South African nationals from the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan. The president announced the evacuation last week but did not specify precisely when it would take place. There’s some speculation that ...
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African Admiration for Some of China’s Authoritarian MethodsMar 2, 2020
One of the interesting themes to emerge from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis is how a sizable number of Africans on social media express admiration for the Chinese government’s methods of enforcement and population control. For example, in this video shared above, armed Chinese policy forcibly ...
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Three Africa-Themed Podcasts You Really Should Listen to This WeekendFeb 27, 2020
Over the past week, three excellent podcasts have been published that focus on China, Africa, and China-Africa related issues that are definitely worth listening to and even subscribing for future episodes. PODCAST #1: China’s Increasing Engagement with Africa: A Conversation with Joshua Eisenman | ...
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Video of University of Nairobi Lecturer Highlights Growing Kenyan Anxiety About Chinese Presence in the CountryFeb 27, 2020
A video of University of Nairobi lecturer Dr. Richard Bosire sounding exasperated over being locked out of classrooms in UoN Towers. He thought this was because the Chinese government-run Confucius Institute had purchased two floors of the building. “Where do they want us to go? Do ...
Scandal, Low Ticket Sales Plague Kenya’s Standard Gauge RailwayFeb 27, 2020
Bad news keeps piling up for the multi-billion dollar Chinese-financed and constructed Standard Gauge Railway network, the centerpiece of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ambitious infrastructure development agenda. Ridership and cargo freight volumes are both coming in much lower than expected on several of the lines while ...
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Tweet of the Day: It’s Been a Good Week for Huawei in AfricaFeb 25, 2020
Just days after Safaricom acting CEO Michael Joseph brushed off U.S. concerns about using Huawei equipment on its new 5G network in Kenya, the Chinese telecom giant also received good press in Nigeria for the company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives. Images of ...
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“Washington Can do Better Than China-bashing and Travel Bans”Feb 25, 2020
One week after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrapped up his three-nation African tour, a number of reviews considering the direction of Washington’s current foreign policy in Africa are just coming in. There’s an emerging consensus among a growing number of policy and media ...
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Recent Trip to Africa Didn’t Make a Lot of News… And That’s a Good ThingFeb 25, 2020
One of Washington’s leading Africa analysts, Judd Devermont at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, published a short Q&A that reflected on U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent three-nation African tour that wrapped up last week. Devermont’s key takeaway is that the ...
Africa’s Largest Bank Makes Donation to Support the Fight Against COVID-19Feb 25, 2020
Africa’s largest bank, South Africa-based Standard Bank, made a $50,000 donation to the COVID-19 relief effort in China. Sim Tshabalala, CEO of Standard Bank South Africa made the donation on Monday during a ceremony with Chinese Ambassador Lin Songtian. It’s worth noting the effusive language that ...
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Black Monday in Johannesburg: The JSE Had One of Its Worst Trading Days in 20 Years Over Mounting COVID-19 ConcernsFeb 25, 2020
Share prices on Africa’s leading index, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, plummeted on Monday amid surging investor fear over the economic damage caused by the escalating COVID-19 crisis. The JSE shed 4.5% in trading yesterday, making it one of the worst days ...
China Announces Sweeping Ban of Eating and Trading WildlifeFeb 25, 2020
China’s top legislative body, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), announced a sweeping ban on the trade and consumption of wild animals as part of the effort to stem the deadly COVID-19 outbreak that has crippled the country. The new restrictions, now ...
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Tweet of the Day: 2020 is Likely Going to be the Year When the Tiny Kingdom of eSwatini Becomes a Big International Relations IssueFeb 24, 2020
eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, is not a country that often registers as an important player in major global disputes but from the looks of it that may change in 2020. The Kingdom is now the last country in Africa that formally recognizes Taiwan and ...
One of Africa’s Largest Telecom Operators Sends Clear Message to the U.S. About Huawei: We’re Going to Use Them for 5G, Now Leave Us AloneFeb 20, 2020
Michael Joseph, the acting CEO of Kenya’s Safaricom, one of Africa’s largest mobile operators, really could not have been more clear about his company decision as to whether or not it plans to use Huawei equipment in their upcoming 5G rollout. He confirmed that the ...
China’s Ambassador to South Africa: Pompeo Stuck in the Cold War With an “Outdated, Zero-Sum Mentality”Feb 20, 2020
China’s outspoken ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, held a press conference this week that was broadcast live on South African TV from the embassy in Pretoria. The media briefing was presumably intended to provide updates on China’s efforts to contain the COVD-19 outbreak at ...
China Loomed Large Over Pompeo’s Africa Tour, Burying His Message About Enhanced U.S. EngagementFeb 20, 2020
U.S. Secretary of State really seemed like he made a conscientious effort to go out of his to avoid referencing China on his recent three-nation African tour that ended yesterday in Addis Ababa. For years, going all the way back to the days when Hillary ...
Outrage, Fury and Sadness Over Yet Another Racist Chinese Video Featuring African ChildrenFeb 19, 2020
Chinese and African vloggers are responding with fury and sadness to the emergence of yet another racist video online that purportedly shows an off-camera Chinese producer instructing African children in an unknown country to say racist and demeaning phrases in Chinese. Wode Maya: Racist Chinese ...
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Rumors of an Infected Chinese Worker in Kenya Persist Despite Embassy DenialsFeb 19, 2020
The Chinese embassy in Nairobi’s efforts to dispel rumors that a Chinese national infected with COVID-19 bribed his way past health screenings at the airport in Nairobi and made his way to a Sinohydro worksite in southwestern Kenya appear to be failing. Embassy officials claimed ...
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Public Pressure Mounts on African Governments to do Something About Students Trapped in WuhanFeb 19, 2020
The plight of Kenya’s students trapped in Wuhan, China is now a regular topic of discussion on primetime TV news programs adding new public pressure on the government to act. Similarly, hashtags like #NigeriansTrappedInWuhan are gaining popularity as students in Wuhan ...
China’s Ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, on COVID-19: “There Is No Need to Panic”Feb 19, 2020
China’s outspoken ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, convened a press conference on Tuesday at the embassy in Pretoria to presumably update the media about the ongoing effort to contain the spread of the Novel Coronavirus outbreak. But he didn’t reveal much new ...
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Chinese State Media Acted Like the Pompeo Visit Never HappenedFeb 19, 2020
When the U.S. Secretary of State travels abroad, most independent international news outlets consider it worthy of mention in their daily coverage. But not the Chinese state media. There’s not a single news item, not even a brief mention, of Mike Pompeo’s visit to Ethiopia ...
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As Demand in China Falls, Vietnam’s Rice Exporters Encouraged to Look to AfricaFeb 18, 2020
Vietnam is the world’s third-largest rice exporter behind India and Thailand. Until recently, China was the country’s largest export market but trade disruptions and falling demand due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis is prompting the Vietnamese to looking further afield for ...
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Chinese Embassy in Kenya Takes to Twitter to Confront Online RumorsFeb 18, 2020
The Chinese embassy in Nairobi is directly confronting an online rumor circulated by Twitter user Robert Alai to his 1.3 million followers that a Chinese worker infected with COVID-19 bribed an immigration officer at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and is now hiding out at a ...
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Mobolaji Adeoye: More Chinese VC Investment is on its Way to Africa in 2020Feb 17, 2020
Mobolaji Adeoye, founder of Consonance Investment Managers, is a highly-regarded early-stage investor in the African start-up sector and provided his outlook for the year ahead in the VC space that attracted $1.27 billion of venture capital investment in 2019. Mobolaji Adeoye’s Outlook for Chinese VC Investment ...
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Huawei’s Next Flagship Phone Will be Launched in South Africa Without Key Google AppsFeb 17, 2020
South Africa is going to be an important test market for Huawei with next month’s launch of the P40 Series of mobile phones that will not include Google Mobile Service apps. It’s important to note that the phones will still run on Google’s Android operating ...
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Chinese Business Community in Namibia Takes Preventive Measures Against COVID-19 OutbreakFeb 17, 2020
The Chinatown merchants association in the Namibian capital Windhoek is posting notices on shuttered storefronts encouraging customers and business owners to stay away from individuals who have returned from China without undergoing the required 14-day quarantine period. The outbreak in China is having a significant ...
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Cries for Help From African Students Stranded in Wuhan Are Growing Louder but Their Governments Are Still Not Going to Bring Them HomeFeb 17, 2020
While Chinese and African government officials offer regular reassurances that African students stranded in China, particularly in Wuhan, are being well-looked after, those students are now issuing increasingly dire cries for help on social media. The students say they feel abandoned ...
World Bank Chief’s Criticism of AfDB Lending Practices Also Reflects Broader U.S. Anxiety About Chinese Debt in AfricaFeb 17, 2020
Officials at the African Development Bank (AfDB) are still smarting over last week’s comments by World Bank president David Malpass who accused the AfDB of having “a tendency to lend too quickly and add to the debt problem of the countries” ...
Pompeo Goes to Africa And, So Far, Stays Quiet About ChinaFeb 17, 2020
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Angola today after wrapping up the first stop of his three-nation African tour in Senegal over the weekend. Secretary Pompeo met with Senegal’s Economy Minister Amadou Hott and business leaders where he announced a ...
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Cornelia Tremann: U.S. Secretary of State’s Upcoming African Visit Reveals a Strategy Fixated on Hobbling Chinese MomentumFeb 13, 2020
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will make his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa from February 15th to the 19th when he’ll visit Senegal, Angola, and Ethiopia. In a briefing earlier this week at the State Department, ...
In Praising New U.S. Military Deployment Senator Says China and Terrorism Are Growing Security Threats in AfricaFeb 13, 2020
Conservative Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe (R) was among the first to praise the Pentagon’s decision to deploy the SFAB to Africa, something he said he’s been calling for several years now. And, just as the Pentagon did in its statement, Senator Inhofe also singled out ...
Competing With China Cited as a Key Reason for New U.S. Army Deployment to AfricaFeb 13, 2020
The Pentagon made it very clear on Wednesday that countering Chinese influence in Africa was a key factor behind the decision to deploy the Army’s 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) from Fort Benning, Georgia to work various African militaries. In fact, China was referenced in ...
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China’s Pressure Campaign on eSwatini Highlights an Extreme Contrast in State PowerFeb 12, 2020
This month’s report by journalist Carien Du Plessis in South Africa’ Daily Maverick newspaper about heightened Chinese pressure on eSwatini, the last remaining country in Africa to recognize Taiwan, is getting quite a bit of attention in Washington, D.C. The article has been widely ...
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AEI: Chinese BRI Spending Plummeted in 2019Feb 12, 2020
Agathe Demarais, Global Forecasting Director at the Economist Intelligence Unit, shared this compelling chart today that illustrates a dramatic drop off in Chinese investment and construction spending in 2019. She noted: Financing for BRI projects everywhere sharply slowing Slowdown ...
Politicians and Industry Leaders Both Issue Calls for Action in the Aftermath of Kenyan Hotel Beating Video That Went ViralFeb 12, 2020
Outrage is continuing to build in Kenya over the video that showed Chinese chef Deng Hailan violently beating one of his employees at a Nairobi hotel. The assault reportedly occurred last week and the video was posted online over the weekend but it is still ...
It’s Business as Usual at South Africa’s Popular China Malls… Except for a Lot More People Wearing MasksFeb 12, 2020
While shoppers in many countries around the world are avoiding Chinese communities, especially “Chinatowns” and restaurants, out of fear of being infected with the deadly coronavirus, that’s not true for South Africa. The popular China Malls that are common in many South African ...
Beijing Rallies to Defend Ethiopian Airlines’ Decision to Maintain Direct Flights to ChinaFeb 12, 2020
Now that China is becoming increasingly isolated due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the government appears to be making a concerted effort to stave off being disconnected entirely from the outside world due to most international airlines having halted direct flights to/from the mainland. Ethiopian ...
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Tweet of the Day: African Expatriates in China Join the Frontlines to Help Contain Coronavirus OutbreakFeb 11, 2020
University of Oslo China-Africa scholar Heidi Østbø Haugen shared a compelling image on Twitter yesterday of an increasingly common theme that we’ve been seeing recently in Chinese state-run media, depicting African expatriates in China who are volunteering in the effort to help ...
Everything’s Still OK For Now Warns South African Economist… Coronavirus-Induced Economic Pain is ComingFeb 11, 2020
The more that the free movement of people and goods between South Africa and China shuts down due to the coronavirus outbreak, the great the threat to the South African economy, warned Nedbank economist Walter de Wet on Monday. A lot of South Africans, though, ...
New Study: African Countries Among Most at Risk to Economic Consequences of Coronavirus OutbreakFeb 11, 2020
A new study published today by the London-based think tank Overseas Development Institute explores the economic impact of the burgeoning coronavirus outbreak in China on those countries around the world with the highest levels of exposure to the Chinese economy. Not surprisingly, ...
Economic Shockwaves from the Coronavirus Crisis in China Are Now “Battering” Africa: Investment FirmFeb 11, 2020
Even though Africa has so far been spared an outbreak of Novel Coronavirus, economies across the continent are beginning to grapple with the costly implications for what this viral contagion is doing to their largest trading partner and overall demand for the raw materials that ...
Ethiopian Airlines CEO: Stopping Direct Flights to China is Not an OptionFeb 11, 2020
It looks increasingly unlikely that Africa’s largest airline, Ethiopian Airlines, will join most other African airlines and temporarily halt direct flights to China due to the coronavirus outbreak. While six of eight African carriers have stopped flying to China out of fear of transporting passengers infected ...
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South Africa’s Chinese Migrant Community Braces For Hostility and Racism in Response to Coronavirus CrisisFeb 6, 2020
The coronavirus outbreak in China has sparked a wave of anti-Chinese racism in many countries around the world, prompting immigrant communities in places like Johannesburg to become increasingly concerned that old hostilities will resurface. South Africa’s Eyewitness News produced a compelling ...
Increasingly Desperate Cries for Help From Africans Left Behind in ChinaFeb 6, 2020
Kenya joins Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco in evacuating its citizens from the epicenter of the Novel Coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, but hundreds of other Africans, mostly students, are still there amid deteriorating conditions. Forced to remain inside their apartments, the students face an increasingly ...
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Even Before Coronavirus Makes it to Africa, The Economic Impact is Already Being FeltFeb 6, 2020
The Novel Coronavirus has yet to make landfall in Africa, but it’s already starting to cause real economic damage to a number of economies across the continent. Africa’s commodity-exporting countries have become increasingly dependent on robust Chinese demand over the past 10-15 years and now ...
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Likelihood of a Coronavirus Outbreak in Africa is “Very Very High” Says WHO OfficialFeb 6, 2020
Although there are still no confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus in Africa, World Health Organization officials believe that it is increasingly likely the deadly virus will make its way to the continent. WHO program manager for emergency operations in Africa Michel Yao said the chances are ...
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Kenyatta Addresses Coronavirus Crisis But Avoids Any Direct Criticism of Ethiopian Airlines’ Decision to Continue Direct Flights to ChinaFeb 6, 2020
The visiting Kenyan president acknowledged that Kenya lacks the resources that China has to battle the worsening Novel Coronavirus outbreak but he added that his government is doing everything possible to try and prevent the virus spreading in East Africa. SUGGESTED VIEWING: CORONAVIRUS Q&A:
Kenyatta Comes to Washington With a Simple, Blunt Message: Africa is Not Up for GrabsFeb 6, 2020
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta began his visit to the United States on Wednesday with an urgent call to international leaders to stop thinking of Africa as a prize to be won. “Western countries, and their counterparts in Asia and the Middle East, are returned to ...
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Selling Ugandan Coffee in China: What Really Works?Feb 5, 2020
Timothy Mukisa, Director of Nile Café in Shanghai explains what it takes to successfully penetrate the booming Chinese coffee market. He recently sat down with the Daily Monitor newspaper in Kampala to insights on his success in such a competitive sector. Read the full ...
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Tweet of the Day: China’s Confucius Institutes in Africa Expand Beyond Cultural EducationFeb 5, 2020
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So Far, Africa’s Been Spared… But Why?Feb 5, 2020
While Southeast Asia and other regions around the world brace for a rapid escalation in the number of people infected with the deadly Novel Coronavirus, Africa, so far, has been spared. There are a number of factors that might explain why no cases have been ...
There Are Lots of Ways to Still Fly Direct Between China and AfricaFeb 5, 2020
Amid growing concern over Ethiopian Airlines’ refusal to halt its direct flights to China in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus outbreak that is ravaging Wuhan and other regions in China, it’s worth noting that a number of other airlines continue to ...
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Remember When China, Russia, and South Africa Held Their First-ever Joint Naval Exercises? Well, it Didn’t Amount to Very MuchJan 30, 2020
There was a lot of hype/anticipation over the dramatic optics of the Chinese, Russian and South African navies holding their first-ever joint naval exercises off the coast of Cape Town. Did the presence of Russian and Chinese warships in the port of Cape Town symbolize ...
China Places Bets on Both Sides of the Libyan Conflict as Part of a New “Non-Aligned” StrategyJan 30, 2020
China was so traumatized from the 2011 UN-intervention in Libya that led to the death of the country’s former ruler Muammar Gaddafi that is employing an entirely new strategy now as the North African country once again descends into all-out civil conflict. The longheld non-interference doctrine ...
While China Maybe Doing a Better Job in Managing the Coronavirus Crisis, the Africa CDC Says There’s Still Room for ImprovementJan 30, 2020
In a Twitter thread that promoted Dr. John Nkengasong’s Nature column, the Africa CDC also highlighted a key area of improvement that it feels their counterparts should take note of. This kind of Tweet is a bit unusual both because it accompanied ...
Africa CDC Director Praises China for its Handling of the Coronavirus OutbreakJan 30, 2020
The Director of the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Addis Ababa, Dr. John Nkengasong, wrote a glowing commentary in the journal Nature about China’s handling of the situation so far. It’s not immediately clear as to what may have prompted Dr. Nkengasong to ...
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Amid Rising Concerns About Coronavirus in Africa, the World Health Organization Tries to Set the Record StraightJan 30, 2020
The World Health Organization took to Twitter yesterday in an effort to quell rumors and false reports that the coronavirus had made it to Africa. While a number of countries have quarantined individuals who have shown symptoms consistent with those infected ...
Kenya is in No Hurry to Evacuate Stranded Students in WuhanJan 30, 2020
Kenya’s ambassador to China Sarah Serem addressed the mounting criticism that her government is not doing enough to support Kenyan students trapped in Wuhan, the epicenter of the burgeoning coronavirus epidemic. Ambassador Serem explained in an interview with Citizen TV on Wednesday ...
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Al Jazeera’s 101 East Investigates How China’s New “Silk Road” is Changing Lives From Asia to AfricaJan 29, 2020
Al Jazeera English’s Asia documentary series 101 East dedicated an entire episode to showcasing China’s Belt and Road Initiative. It’s a fascinating program that explores how the tens of billions of dollars already spent to build out the BRI is impact millions throughout the developing ...
Tweet of the Day: African Twitter in Awe Over China’s Ability to Build Hospitals in Just a Few Days and Blasts Own Governments for Failing to Do the SameJan 29, 2020
News that China will need just days to build new hospitals in Wuhan to accommodate thousands of new patients infected with the coronavirus sparked both admiration about the seemingly unique Chinese ability to mobilize massive resources to get things done quickly and, at the same ...
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Conservation Groups Welcome China’s Decision to Ban on Wildlife MarketsJan 29, 2020
Conservationists are hoping that China’s decision this week to temporarily ban the sale of wildlife in open markets will eventually become permanent. The Chinese government announced the move on Sunday as part of a broad effort to contain the spread of the ...
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Kenyan Trader Walter Ruigu Seemingly Has Beijing All to HimselfJan 28, 2020
Beijing is one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas but yesterday it seemed that Kenyan-born trader Walter Ruigu had the entire city all to himself. “There is an eerie feeling over Beijing,” wrote Walter in a LinkedIn post where he reflected on the impact that ...
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Early Warning Signs Indicate Coronavirus Crisis Could Provoke Anti-China Backlash Among Some Policymakers in AfricaJan 26, 2020
Chinese officials would be well-advised to pay close attention to the Twitter account of Kenyan Senator Ledama Olekina who last week Tweeted to his 73,000+ followers an angry conflation of the debt and coronavirus issues. If the virus makes landfall in Africa, which ...
BBC Interviews African Students Trapped in the Wuhan QuarantineJan 26, 2020
There’s been surprisingly little social media content published by the hundreds, likely thousands of African students who are trapped in the massive quarantine zone in and around Wuhan in China’s Hebei province. BBC Africa managed to make contact with an African student in Wuhan who ...
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Pangolins and Other African Wildlife Could be Among the Only Beneficiaries of This CrisisJan 26, 2020
The outbreak of coronavirus is being traced back to one of Wuhan’s many live animal markets that sell a variety of wildlife including snakes, turtles, and cicadas, guinea pigs, bamboo rats, badgers, hedgehogs, otters, palm civets, even wolf cubs. Now that this has happened a second ...
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Africa’s Oil and Tourism Sectors to be Impacted First by Coronavirus Outbreak in ChinaJan 26, 2020
Although most of the attention in Africa about the coronavirus is appropriately focused on what can be done to prevent the virus from spreading, there are growing concerns over the potential economic impact across the continent — particularly since China is the largest trading partner ...
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If You Aren’t Following The Chinese Consulate in Johannesburg’s Twitter Feed, You’re Missing Something Very EntertainingJan 21, 2020
The Chinese diplomatic corps in Africa is new to Twitter with most of their new accounts coming online within just the past few months. While the majority of those feeds are filled with the standard diplomatic posts that one expects from an official Twitter account, ...
Zimbabwe Takes Delivery of Used B777 With Hopes to Launch New Direct Flights to ChinaJan 21, 2020
A Boeing 777 from Kuala Lumpur landed at the Robert Mugabe International Airport in Harare this week and brought with it the hope that Zimbabwe can revive its national flag carrier Air Zimbabwe. This is the first of two 777-200s that Zimbabwe purchased for $16.5 ...
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Tanzania’s Drive to Become Regional Transport Hub Gets Boost From New SGR Deals With Burundi, DRCJan 21, 2020
Tanzania Transport Minister Isack Kamwelwe signed agreements with both the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi to link up their future Standard Gauge Railway lines to Tanzania’s proposed SGR. The 1,457km Tanzanian SGR line will connect inland East Africa from Lake Victoria and bring ...
Severe Drought Threatens Namibia’s Lucrative Beef Exports to ChinaJan 21, 2020
With the country’s dam levels now down below the critical 20% level, Namibia is running out of water, posing an immediate threat to both human health and the viability of the country’s beef industry that has just begun exporting to the lucrative China market. With ...
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New Documents Unveiled in Kenya’s Court of Appeals Puroportedly Reveal Massive SGR Over-SpendingJan 21, 2020
New documents have emerged that reportedly reveal widespread corruption and over-spending in the building of the Chinese-financed and constructed Standard Gauge Railway in Kenya. These documents are part of the ongoing case in front of Kenya’s Court of Appeals in a suit against the government ...
Tweet of the Day: It Shouldn’t Come as a Surprise if People Are Skeptical of the UK’s Newfound Interest in AfricaJan 21, 2020
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AFRICOM: While the U.S. Wants to Partner with African Governments to Fight Terrorism, China Instead Just Sells WeaponsJan 21, 2020
To say that the U.S. Military Command for Africa (AFRICOM) does not think highly of China’s engagement on the continent would be putting it mildly. In an article published today in Military Times, AFRICOM commanders are outright dismissive of the Chinese in Africa, accusing Beijing ...
Tweet of the Day: The Chinese Consulate in Johannesburg Really Wants You to Follow Their New Social Media Pages. You Can Even Win a Prize!Jan 20, 2020
The social media managers at the Chinese consulate in Johannesburg seem quite eager to build audiences on their new Facebook and Twitter pages. Over the weekend they launched a new campaign to give away “lovely prizes” to new subscribers. While their post seemed innocent enough, ...
A Lawyer’s Perspective on What’s Ahead This Year for Two Controversial Chinese Bauxite Mining Deals in West AfricaJan 20, 2020
University of Maryland legal scholar Zhang Jingjing is one of the world’s leading experts on outbound Chinese investment, particularly involving cases that have serious environmental consequences. Over the years, she’s been closely following developments in Guinea where Societe Miniere de Boke (SMB), a Singaporean/Chinese consortium, ...
Kenya Looks Beyond China for New Sources of Development FinanceJan 20, 2020
Since the new year, Kenya has taken some rather bold steps to reduce its borrowing costs and ensure that new loans are “fairly priced.” The Treasury is seeking to refinance large portions of its current debt that’s priced at commercial rates into more affordable concessionary ...
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While Skepticism of China’s Global Media Expansion Runs High in the U.S., in Kenya Opinions are More VariedJan 16, 2020
Kenya is the epicenter of China’s media presence in Africa, with Nairobi hosting the regional headquarters of CGTN and an expanded presence by the state-run news service Xinhua. Also, Kenya is one of the largest markets for Chinese-owned private sector media and technology companies like ...
After a Brief Lull, the Belt and Road is Back… in a BIG WayJan 16, 2020
Last year there was a palpable sense that China’s much-hyped One Belt, One Road Initiative had gone off the proverbial rails. The whole venture seemed poorly planned and not driven by a cohesive strategy, while concerns about corruption also ran high. Worried that his signature ...
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Tweet of the Day: Alibaba Becoming a Major Business Education Center for African StudentsJan 16, 2020
Chinese eCommerce giant Alibaba is expanding its training and education programs for African undergraduate students with a new program specifically designed for commerce in the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA.) It will focus on cross-border transactions and building online commerce. This Tweet was posted ...
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This Chart Explains Why the U.S. Seems Increasingly Disengaged From AfricaJan 15, 2020
This chart that measures African trade clearly explains why there’s so little interest in the United States about fostering closer ties with Africa. The U.S. trading relationship peaked in 2011 and since then has been on a steady, potentially irreversible decline. In sharp contrast, China ...
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Tweet of the Day: China’s Consul General in Johannesburg was Impressed by the Big Boss’ Drumming SkillsJan 15, 2020
Chinese Consul General Tang Zhongdong admired Wang Yi’s drumming talents before the Foreign Minister boarded his plane at the Bujumbura International Airport in Burundi where he wrapped up his six-nation African tour over the weekend. The Consul General doesn’t Tweet too much original content on ...
Yun Sun: Chinese Debt Fatigue in Africa Opens Opportunities for New Emerging PowersJan 15, 2020
Brookings Institution non-resident fellow Yun Sun writes today that the Chinese debt-led financing model in Africa may be starting to wear thin as a growing number of countries across the continent become increasingly concerned about repaying all those Chinese loans. “As the frenzy over the ...
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Debunking the China-Africa “Debt Trap” MemeJan 14, 2020
Swedish scholar Johanna Malm is one of the world’s leading researchers on China-DR Congo relations and now joins the growing number of experts who refute the still widely-held China “debt trap” narrative. In a recent interview published by the government-run Swedish Institute, Dr. Malm explained ...
Donkey Populations in Kenya and Ghana Are on Track to Be “Devastated” Due to Chinese Demand for HidesJan 13, 2020
The Washington Post’s West Africa correspondent Danielle Paquette and Maxwell Suuk published a compelling story this weekend on the devastation that subsistence farmers in Ghana are encountering due to donkey poaching. The animal’s hides are sought after in China where they’re used to make the traditional Chinese ...
Ethiopian Airways Set to Start Three New Direct Flights to China in 2020Jan 13, 2020
Africa’s leading national flag carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, is in the final stages of regulatory approval to launch a trio of new direct routes between its hub in Addis Ababa and major Chinese trading cities. Once it receives the go-ahead from the Chinese government, the carrier ...
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China Promotes Burundi to “All-Weather Friend”Jan 13, 2020
One of the highlights of Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s trip to Burundi was the announcement that Beijing had classified the government there as an “All-Weather Friend.” While this may not be an official diplomatic designation, it’s nonetheless an important status within the Chinese diplomatic lexicon. ...
Pew: People Don’t Think Very Highly of Donald Trump Around the World, Except in Three of Africa’s Largest CountriesJan 9, 2020
While Donald Trump may not be very popular in most parts of the world, not so in several of Africa’s largest countries, according to new survey data from the Pew Research Center. Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa all recorded much higher ...
China’s Rapidly Evolving Role in the International Peacekeeping and Development ArenasJan 9, 2020
China is the second-largest funder of UN Peacekeeping Operations (PKO), behind the United States, and the largest troop contributor to PKOs in Africa among the UN’s permanent members of the Security Council. Last December, China’s top diplomat for Africa, Yang Jiechi, said Beijing is now ...
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China’s Mideast Position in Flux Amid Escalating U.S.-Iran CrisisJan 8, 2020
Editor’s Note: the geopolitical lines that once clearly separated Africa, MENA and the GCC countries from one another are now quite blurred. As such, we’re going to include more coverage of China-Gulf and China Mideast relations in our daily newsletter and podcasts. There’s an emerging ...
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Tweet of the Day: China’s Ambassador to South Africa Emerges (Again) as a High Profile Spokesman on Contentious International IssuesJan 8, 2020
China’s outspoken envoy to South Africa, Ambassador Lin Songtian, is once again providing commentary on highly-sensitive political issues that are far beyond his normal jurisdiction. Ambassador Lin has emerged as one of Beijing’s most prominent online voices, particularly on Twitter, where he forcefully promotes Chinese ...
China is Rapidly Building a New Cryptocurrency That Everyone in Africa Should Know AboutJan 8, 2020
Spurred on by the now flailing Facebook cryptocurrency Libra, China fast-tracked development of its own form of digital money that it initially thought would compete with the social network’s but now may have vast portions of the global market to itself, particularly in Africa. Wall ...
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New Infographic Highlights China’s Global Building Spree and There’s a Lot Happening in AfricaJan 8, 2020
Using information compiled from AidData, a research lab at the William & Mary College Global Research Institute, the Visual Capitalist produced a compelling infographic that shows the stunning breadth of China’s infrastructure building around the world, much of which is happening in Africa more than any ...
Tweet of the Day: China Commits Counter-Terrorism Funds to All Members of the G5 SahelJan 7, 2020
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Chinese Travel Vlogger Gives Viewers an Upclose Look at What Life in Kenya is LikeJan 7, 2020
He goes by the username Xiang Luo Tian Wai (想落天外) and gives his viewers what seems like an unvarnished view of what daily life in Kenya is like, both for the Kenyans he meets along the way and the many Chinese workers he encounters. Although ...
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AFP Fact Check: China NOT Ethiopia Launched the Ethiopian Satellite Last MonthJan 7, 2020
The French news agency AFP published a fact check on Monday about doctored photos of last month’s launch of the Ethiopian satellite from the Taiyuan launch facility in China. The Ethiopian satellite blasted off in a Long March 4B rocket, not the Long March 5 or Changzheng ...
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Ethiopia’s New Chinese-built Satellite Sends Back First ImagesJan 7, 2020
Three weeks after it blasted off from a launchpad in China, Ethiopia’s new satellite sent back its first test images Monday. These initial photos were taken over China but officials say the next batch of photos will be done over Ethiopian territory. This new $8 ...
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Howard W. French: “America’s Downsized Relationship With Africa Is About to Go Totally Adrift”Jan 6, 2020
Just a few days before Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi embarks on his latest visit to Africa, author and journalist Howard W. French complained that the United States appears to be going in the opposite direction — increasingly disengaged from Africa with a policy that ...
How the Chinese-Financed Standard Gauge Railways in East Africa Marks a New Era of Government-led Infrastructure DevelopmentJan 6, 2020
The founding Dean of Strathmore Law School in Nairobi and a visiting scholar at Oxford University, Luis Franceschi, wrote a pair of compelling columns last month in the Daily Nation newspaper that serve as a kind of master class on the enormous legal and economic ...
“All the Numbers Point to an Unfolding Debt Nightmare” in KenyaJan 6, 2020
The prominent Kenyan columnist and economic advisor to Saudi Arabia’s Monetary Authority, Mohamed Wehliye, published a stark warning to the government in Nairobi that the country’s debt is on the verge of spiraling out of control and urgent measures are needed to rein in spending. ...
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The Washington Post’s China-Djibouti Story Caught the Attention of U.S. Right-Wing CommentatorsJan 6, 2020
Coverage of China-Africa issues is scarce in major U.S. newspapers like The Washington Post, so it was notable last week when WAPO’s Nairobi Bureau Chief Max Bearak published a report on how Beijing’s engagement in the tiny Horn of Africa country Djibouti highlights China’s ...
Call for Contributions: African Health and Agriculture Storytelling OpportunitiesJan 3, 2020
INTRODUCTION: The China Africa Project (CAP) and the Beijing-based development communications agency Diinsider are partnering together for an exciting new multimedia initiative that will showcase key innovations, programs and trends in the African health and agricultural development sectors. With the support of the Bill & ...
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Tweet of the Day: Chinese Ambassador Denounces South African Opposition Party’s Ongoing Visit to TaiwanDec 18, 2019
Chinese Ambassador Lin Songtian, who is now quite prolific on Twitter, turned to the social media platform to express his displeasure about the Inkatha Freedom Party’s decision to visit Taiwan this week. Ambassador Lin expressed re-asserted China’s longstanding policy that Taiwan ...
The Voice of America’s China-Africa News HubDec 18, 2019
DISCLAIMER: From time to time we’ll introduce you to the various state-run propaganda news outlets that various governments around the world operate in the China-Africa space. Just as when we do the same corporate communications, it’s important that to re-emphasize that our highlighting of these ...
Kenyan and Chinese Officials Commemorate the Launch of Cargo Service on the Standard Gauge RailwayDec 18, 2019
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was joined Tuesday by a large delegation of Chinese officials to inaugurate new cargo service on the Mombasa to Naivasha line of the country’s new Standard Gauge Railway. This new line is intended to transport goods from the Inland Container Depot ...
Deborah Brautigam Debunks the Chinese Debt Trap Theory in New Research PaperDec 18, 2019
Professor Deborah Brautigam, Director of the China-Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University, published a new paper this month that explores the Chinese debt trap theory that is widely propagated by U.S. government officials and a common theme in international media coverage of Chinese engagement ...
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China’s Groundbreaking Use of “Non-State Actors” as Part of its Public Diplomacy Strategy in AfricaDec 17, 2019
Typically, public diplomacy initiatives are carried out either by embassies in different countries or state-led media organizations (VOA, FRANCE 24, etc…). Rarely do governments entrust this kind of outreach to private organizations, or “non-state actors” (NSAs) as they’re known in government-parlance. But Angela Lewis, a Ph.D. ...
A Zambian Ambassador Issues Forceful Denial That Senior Lusaka Leaders Involved in Illegal Timber RacketDec 17, 2019
Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union, Emmanuel Mwamba, published a scathing rebuttal to allegations made by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency that accused senior government leaders of running a “cartel” to illegally harvest and export endangered mukula timber, largely to China. ...
China’s Cobalt Mining Giant in the DR Congo is in Trouble (Again)Dec 17, 2019
The phone many of you are using to read this article and all those electric vehicles on the roads rely on cobalt, a strategically vital metal that comes from one of the saddest places on earth in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Most ...
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Sino-Kenyan Railway Operator Afristar Challenges Allegations in Daily Nation ReportDec 16, 2019
The Chinese-Kenyan joint venture company that runs operations for the new Standard Gauge Railway company, Afristar, forcefully rebutted recent allegations published last week in The Daily Nation newspaper that claimed that the SGR’s Chinese contractor “refused to provide key information protected ...
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India Exim Bank CEO: “Why Do We Have to Take on the Chinese” in Africa?Dec 16, 2019
The head of India’s Export-Import Bank brushed away concerns that India is being outdone in Africa and rejected the whole notion that somehow the two Asian giants must compete with one another on the continent. Read the full article on the Business Standard website.
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The “Good vs. Bad” Framing of Chinese Development FinanceDec 16, 2019
Friday’s FT article by correspondent Steve Johnson on the merits of Chinese development financing provoked considerable discussion online this weekend about the key issues raised in the story and how the topic is framed in simple “good vs. bad” terms. Johnson ...
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Investigation: High-Level Corruption in Zambia Fuels Illegal Timber Trade with ChinaDec 12, 2019
The Environmental Investigation Agency published a damning report last week that alleged Zambian President Edgar Lungu, his daughter and several high-ranking ministers are all allegedly involved in the illicit trade of rare mukula wood. Mukula is a rare African tree and one of the rosewood species ...
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Tweet of the Day: Can U.S. and EU Tech Companies Catch Up With Chinese Rivals in Africa? Probably Not.Dec 11, 2019
Nigerian commentator reflected on yesterday’s third-quarter market data figures published by International Data Corporation that revealed Shenzhen-based Transsion’s near-total dominance of the African mobile phone market. The Chinese company is the leading brand in both feature phones (64% market share) and smartphones (32% market share). ...
China Emerges as Key Theme in Discussion on How to Create Jobs in NigeriaDec 11, 2019
The NewThink podcast is a new show hosted by two of Washington’s most well-known Africa analysts, Aubrey Hruby from the Atlantic Council and Former Liberian Public Works Minister and current fellow at the Center for Global Development, Gyude Moore. In this episode that focuses ...
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A New Focus on Youth Unemployment by Chinese Stakeholders in AfricaDec 11, 2019
60 Chinese companies participated in a job fair in Johannesburg on Tuesday organized by the South Africa-China Economic and Trade Association. Apparently, some 238 young people were offered jobs at the event, according to Ambassador to Lin Songtian in an interview with CNBC ...
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As African Leaders Say Don’t Worry, IMF Issues New Warning on Rising Debt Levels Across the ContinentDec 11, 2019
There are conflicting messages emerging about the potential risks associated with Africa’s steadily rising debt levels. Yesterday, the IMF issued a new warning that the amount of debt that African governments now owe has doubled over the past years as borrowing from capital markets and ...
New Data Confirms China’s Transsion Holdings’ Near-Total Dominance of the African Phone MarketDec 10, 2019
International Data Corporation released third-quarter African mobile phone market data that revealed near-total dominance by Shenzhen-based Transsion Holdings in both the smartphone and feature phone markets. Overall, African mobile phone growth remained solid with smartphone shipments up 4% in the last quarter and the total ...
Kenya’s Embattled SGR Suffers Major Setback as Burundi, DRC Opt for Tanzania Route to Port of Dar es SalaamDec 10, 2019
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s longheld dream of extending his $4.9 billion Chinese-financed Standard Gauge Railway across East Africa suffered a major setback this week as both Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo both opted to go with Tanzania’s SGR for direct access to ...
While Jack Ma’s Newfound Interest in Africa is Widely Celebrated, Howard French Isn’t So ThrilledDec 9, 2019
Former Alibaba CEO Jack Ma has been the rage recently for his recent Netpreneur Competition that took place two weeks ago in Ghana and more broadly for his declared commitment to supporting African technology entrepreneurs. Ma has been universally praised for his philanthropic venture in ...
The African Mobile Market Attracts a New Chinese Device MakerDec 9, 2019
Vivo is the latest Chinese phone maker to set it sights on the growing demand for mid-range devices. Although little known outside of China, Vivo is actually the world’s sixth-largest mobile phone company and well-positioned to challenge other Chinese rivals in the African market, namely ...
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Tweet of the Day: Ambassador Lin Songtian Engages South African Environmental Journalist on Twitter About the Fate of Baby Elephants Sent From Zimbabwe to ChinaDec 9, 2019
China’s outspoken ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, took his new Twitter account to respond to directly to criticism about the recent sale of 30 baby elephants to zoos in China. In response to a Tweet by South African environmental journalist ...
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Six African Leaders Confront IMF Director, Insist that Bretton Woods Institutions Have to ChangeDec 9, 2019
Dr. Kaberuka’s comments on Sunday in Kigali were similar to sentiments expressed in a somewhat confrontational forum that took a few days earlier in Dakar. At a conference on debt sustainability organized by the International Monetary Fund, six African leaders led ...
“The Idea That Africa is Drowning in Debt is Nonsensical”Dec 9, 2019
The former president of the African Development Bank, Dr. Donald Kaberuka, joined a chorus of African leaders this week to reject accusations that African governments have taken on too much debt and have borrowed excessively from China. In a speech at the
Conservation Update: Rhino Horn Trafficking Trial in Malawi | Ivory Sales in China via Japan | China’s Distant Fish Fleet Needs More TransparencyDec 9, 2019
Poaching and wildlife conservation issues have largely fallen off the broader China-Africa agenda ever since Beijing outlawed its domestic ivory trade in 2018. Even as Chinese demand for endangered African wildlife products, particularly pangolin, and other animals such as donkeys whose skins are used to ...
Reality Check: Africa is an Important Source of Oil for China, But Not THAT ImportantDec 5, 2019
With this week’s warning from NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that China’s growing presence in key regions like the Middle East, Africa, and even Europe presents a new challenge for the western military alliance, social media quickly saw much discussion about what’s motivating China’s expanding military ...
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Ambassador Edward Boateng: Ghana’s Point Man in BeijingDec 5, 2019
Ghana’s ambassador to China, Edward Boateng, recently visited the southwestern Chinese industrial megacity Chongqing where he gave an interview with a local media outlet and discussed which aspects of the city’s development history he thinks could be applied to Ghana. The video is moderately interesting, particularly ...
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China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Opens Twitter Account Ushering in New Era of “Twitplomacy”Dec 5, 2019
Following the lead of a number of its ambassadors and embassies in Africa, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched a new Twitter account on Monday as part of a more assertive effort by Beijing to “re-shape the narrative” as to ...
Tweet of the Day: Not Everyone On Board With Idea That China’s Military Presence in Africa Poses a ThreatDec 4, 2019
Popular Nigerian commentator Onye Nkuzi took issue with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg’s comments yesterday that referenced China’s growing military footprint in Africa as a potential threat to the western military alliance. Stoltenberg’s comments regarding the Chinese in Africa were very quick in passing but Nkuzi’s reaction ...
Al Jazeera Investigates Foreign Corruption in Namibia’s Fishing IndustryDec 3, 2019
Although not specifically about the Chinese in Namibia, this riveting documentary produced by Al Jazeera reveals the extent of alleged corruption within the Namibian government and how foreign companies spend millions to bribe public officials for fishing rights that provide little or no benefit to ...
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If First Lady Aisha Buhari is so Keen to Follow China’s Example, Then Why Not Go All the Way, Suggests Nigeria’s TwitterverseDec 3, 2019
First Lady’s Aisha Buhari’s endorsement of the controversial social media and her comparison with internet control in China provoked a passionate response on Twitter. Accountant Obinna Nwosu’s tweet suggesting other ways Nigeria can follow China’s example received more than 1,500 likes and hundreds of retweets. ...
Growing Outrage in Nigeria Over Social Media Bill and First Lady’s Suggestion to Emulate ChinaDec 3, 2019
Anger is mounting in Nigeria over the prospect of a Chinese-style social media bill that would regulate speech on the Internet. Activists turned to Twitter to vent their frustration over the bill and last week’s comments by First Lady Aisha Buhari who suggested that if ...
China’s Deputy Ambassador to Zimbabwe’s Weekend Visit to The Zimbabwe Herald Newsroom Highlights Deepening Media Ties in AfricaDec 2, 2019
China’s Deputy Ambassador in Harare, Zhao Baogang, stopped by the newsroom of the state-owned newspaper The Herald to meet with Editor Caesar Zvayi. That same day, the newspaper published an editorial that elevated China-Zimbabwe relations from “All-Weather Friends” to “
Nigeria, Zimbabwe Move Forward With Controversial Chinese-Inspired Social Media LawsDec 2, 2019
Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari, said the time has come to regulate social media and online content and that the spread of lies and fake news is “getting completely out of hand.” In a speech on Friday to the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, the ...
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Chinese Companies Are Reportedly Shaping United Nations AI Standards Which Could Have Significant Ramifications in AfricaDec 2, 2019
Several of China’s largest telecommunications communications companies including ZTE, Dahua and China Telecom are reportedly working closely with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to shape influence standards for facial recognition, video monitoring, and city and vehicle surveillance, according to leaked documents published by ...
Community Leader Testified Before South Africa’s Equality Court That Anti-Chinese Speech Brought Back Memories of ApartheidNov 28, 2019
Community leaders from The Chinese Association (TCA) in South Africa appeared in court yesterday in Johannesburg to testify against 12 individuals who allegedly posted racially charged anti-Chinese comments. The case dates back to 2017 after the television documentary show Carte Blanche investigated the treatment of ...
Tweet of the Day: Emmerson Mnangagwa Toured the Construction Site of Zimbabwe’s New Parliament That’s Being Built and Paid for by ChinaNov 28, 2019
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, who recently returned from months of medical care in China, toured the construction site of the new parliament building Harare that China is building and underwriting. President Mnangagwa was accompanied on the visit by China’s Deputy ...
Russian, Chinese and South African Warships Docked in Cape Town Harbor Put on a Good ShowNov 28, 2019
The visiting warships from China and Russia, along with South Africa’s own vessels, were open to the public in Cape Town harbor for the past few days before they head out to sea for joint naval exercises that begin today. The African News Agency produced ...
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China and Zimbabwe Have Negotiated for Years to Modernize Zim’s Decrepit Railway. Now It’s Time to Get Something Done.Nov 27, 2019
Zimbabwean Filmmaker Zororo Makamba breaks down in easy-to-understand terms how the country’s rail network has fallen into such a state of disrepair, despite years of efforts to revitalize it. Makamba argues that it’s critical that the government work with Chinese and other partners to find a ...
“We’ve Been Waiting for China to Go All-in in African Digital in Full.”Nov 26, 2019
The Bloomberg BusinessWeek Podcast featured an interview in their weekly show with TechCrunch journalist Jake Bright who’s broken of the deal news around the recent spate of Chinese venture capital investments in African start-ups. The discussion with Bright that focuses on Chinese investments in Africa ...
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Chinese, Russian Warships Arrive in Cape Town for Inaugural Joint Exercises with South AfricaNov 26, 2019
Chinese, Russian and South African warships assembled in Cape Town on Monday for the start of Exercise Mosi, the first-ever joint naval exercises among these three countries. Yesterday and today the ships will be docked for public relations events and then on Thursday, they will ...
Viral Video: Xinjiang Activists Circulate Video of Young Black Children Crying While Singing Chinese SongsNov 25, 2019
A video depicting two presumably African boys undergoing what appears to be some kind of torturous martial arts exercise that is clearly causing them extreme discomfort has now gone viral under the heading “Chinese evil imperialism in Africa.” The social video now has more than ...
Chinese Diplomats and Missions in Africa Are Opening Twitter Accounts. Here’s a List of Who’s Online.Nov 25, 2019
2019 will go down as the year when Chinese diplomacy officially entered the “Twitterverse.” Over the past six months, a small but steadily growing number of Chinese missions and diplomats in Africa have started to open Twitter accounts. It seems like it’s up to each ...
BBC Africa Correspondent Dickens Olewe Wasn’t Shy Asking China’s Ambassador to Kenya About Debt Traps and Asset SeizuresNov 25, 2019
Chinese ambassadors are notoriously media-shy, particularly with U.S. and European news organizations like the BBC who Beijing often regards as adversarial. And when these officials do grant interviews, they’re often very stilted, constrained by ground-rules and limited to pre-approved questions. But not this time. When ...
OPINION: Why Africa Should Embrace the Yuan as a Reserve CurrencyNov 21, 2019
Kenyan economist and commentator Benard Aiyeko laid out his case as to why African central banks should add the Chinese yuan to their basket of reserve currencies. Today, only a few African countries including Angola, Zimbabwe and Nigeria settle some of their payments in yuan ...
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France Announces Plans to Host Africa Summit in 2020Nov 21, 2019
France’s ambassador to South Africa, Aurelien Lechevallier, unveiled plans for a new France-Africa Summit that will take place next year in South Africa. He added that president Emmanuel Macron will come to South Africa for the event, which is scheduled for next June. The French ...
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US Trade & Development Agency Chief: “China Hasn’t Changed Our Approach in Africa”Nov 21, 2019
Despite his best efforts, the CNBC Africa journalist Karabo Lethlhatlha wasn’t successful in getting the Acting Director of the United States Trade and Development Agency, Thomas R. Hardy, to comment on China. In an interview that was nominally about Washington’s efforts to expand investment in ...
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Although Relatively New to Twitter, China’s Ambassador in Zimbabwe Isn’t Afraid to FightNov 21, 2019
He’s only been using Twitter since April, but Ambassador Guo Shaochun is really getting the hang of the social network’s bare-knuckle brawling culture. His feed is filled with strongly-worded rebuttals against China’s critics in Zimbabwe, no matter if the accuser is ...
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China Turns to Twitter to Negotiate Financial Assistance Dispute with ZimbabweNov 20, 2019
Typically in a dispute like the one China’s currently having with Zimbabwe over the exact amount of aid provided by the Chinese government would be handled behind closed doors between officials from the embassy and the finance ministry. Not this time. China’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Guo ...
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China Accused Zimbabwe of Undercounting Its Financial Assistance… By a Lot!Nov 20, 2019
A very public rift broke out on Tuesday between China and Zimbabwe over how much financial assistance Beijing provides to Harare. It all began last Thursday when Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said in a budget statement that Zimbabwe had received a total of $194 million from ...
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Tweet of the Day: Chinese Ambassador Wu Peng Sits Down for No-Limits Interview With the BBCNov 19, 2019
Fudan University PhD candidate Cliff Mboya shared his surprise on Twitter that China’s ambassador to Kenya, Wu Peng, agreed to a sit-down interview with Dickens Onditi Olewe, a correspondent from the BBC’s Africa Desk. He interviewed the ambassador last Friday and the embassy was seemingly ...
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Chinese Investors Have a Palpable Sense of Optimism About the African Market That Most Others Just Don’t Seem to ShareNov 19, 2019
Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Aubrey Hruby shared her views about this weekend’s “Netpreneur” competition organized by the Jack Ma Foundation in Accra, Ghana where she picked up on the same sense of optimism and excitement about the African market that Chinese ...
Latest $120 Million Series B Round for Opay Proves Chinese Investors Have Made an “Unmistakable Pivot to African Tech”Nov 19, 2019
The pace of Chinese investment in Africa’s tech sector appears to be heating up anew with a $120 million second funding round, also known as a Series B, for the Nigeria-based fintech company OPay. What’s interesting here is that some of China’s largest tech players, ...
Protesting Truck Drivers in Nairobi Link Government’s Order to Transport All Cargo on SGR With “China Colonization”Nov 19, 2019
Kenyan truck drivers took to the streets yesterday to protest against the government’s directive that requires all-cargo to be transported by the new Standard Gauge Railway. Contrary to some of the previous demonstrations, the truckers this time clearly linked the government’s decision to Chinese influence, ...
OPay and PalmPay: Two Chinese-Backed Investments Battle it Out in Africa’s Rapidly Growing Mobile Payment MarketNov 14, 2019
For those of you old enough to remember the early days of the Internet, you may also recall using a Norwegian web browser called Opera. Unable to compete against Google, Firefox and Microsoft, Opera fell on hard times and sold most of ...
Huawei’s Surveillance Technology Program “Safe Cities” Now Active in 12 African CountriesNov 13, 2019
The Washington, D.C.-based think tank CSIS published a new report today on the global reach of Huawei’s “Safe Cities” products that include facial and license-plate recognition, social media monitoring, and other surveillance capabilities. CSIS researchers Jonathan Hillman and Maesea McCalpin provided a detailed analysis of which ...
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They Were Angry When It Happened in China, Then the U.S. and Now Japan. African Social Media Users Fume Over Their Diplomats’ Refusal to Bring Pen and Paper to MeetingsNov 13, 2019
@AriyoAristotle‘s apparent frustration over the image of Nigerian diplomats attending a meeting with their Japanese counterparts in Tokyo and not bringing along any kind of notetaking materials is nothing new. Kenyans similarly fumed when President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ...
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Tweet of the Day: Proud to be at China’s International Import Expo in ShanghaiNov 12, 2019
Today’s Tweet by ASENIA, an African entrepreneurs association, highlights the sense of pride that a number of African delegations have about attending the ongoing China import expo that’s taking place now in Shanghai. A number of African delegations and attendees have posted photos on social ...
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The Budding Africa-China Tech Collaboration DynamicNov 12, 2019
Researcher and author of “China, Africa and the Future of the Internet” Iginio Gagliardone joins Andile Masuku and Osarumen Osamuyi for a candid, context-setting discussion about the growing tech and innovation relationship between Africa and China.
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China and Ghana Agree to a Small Debt Write-Off and a Big Bauxite DealNov 12, 2019
The Chinese and Ghanian governments have reached an agreement over a controversial $2 billion infrastructure-for-resources deal that conservationists worry could jeopardize the water supply for up to five million people and fragile ecosystems in the Atewa Forest Reserve. Also during her ...
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Video Worth Watching: What Happens When China Builds Your Country’s Internet?Nov 11, 2019
Throughout Africa, countries are being connected to the digital economy for the first time, making the internet accessible where it once was not. In Zambia, communication, banking, and public services are all going digital. As in many African nations, this is all happening with the ...
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Tweet of the Day: Call for the U.S. to Host Its Own “Africa Summit”Nov 11, 2019
While a growing number of African social media users are becoming increasingly frustrated by their leaders going overseas for one “Africa Summit” after another this year, Ethiopian-American businessman Zamedeneh Negatu says there should be one more on the calendar, in the United States. Although a ...
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Chinese Firm Dismisses Tanzania’s Claims on Stalled $10 Billion Port as “Not True”Nov 11, 2019
China’s largest port operator accused the Tanzanian government of spreading “false information” and misguiding the public about the cause of stalled negotiations over the $10 billion Bagamoyo port development it is backing in the country. China Merchants Holdings International (CMHI) has been in negotiations with ...
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China Creates $5 Billion Export Fund with Bank in MoroccoNov 11, 2019
China’s Exim Bank announced plans to team up with Morocco’s Attijariwafa Bank to create a $5 billion fund to promote African exports to China and to establish new industrial zones on the continent, according to a report published by Reuters. The fund will invest in the ...
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Tweet of the Day: China’s All-Expense Paid Junkets for African Journalists Are Quite Effective at Building GoodwillNov 7, 2019
Today’s Tweet comes from Ugandan journalist Sarah Kyobe who showcases how effective China’s outreach to African journalists has been quite effective in building goodwill. The Chinese government spends a considerable amount of money every year to pay for hundreds of African journalists and media professionals ...
Video Worth Watching: Meet 26-Year Old Tecno Manager Chen KaiNov 7, 2019
Chinese propaganda videos produced by CGTN or its parent network CCTV are usually not very noteworthy, but from time to time they do produce something that is absolutely fascinating and definitely worth watching. Because they’re CCTV they get access to the Chinese community in Africa ...
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France Hopes a Focus on Small Business Will Help it Gain an Advantage Over China in AfricaNov 7, 2019
The French government has urged business leaders and investors at a key summit last week to be bold about investing in Africa. Paris is banking on the potential of small to medium enterprises (SME) to catch up in the race with China. But investors are ...
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Acclaimed Author/Journalist Howard W. French: China Industrializing Africa is “Largely a Fantasy”Nov 7, 2019
In his regular column in World Politics Review, the always-interesting author/journalist Howard W. French wrote today about Africa and its booming population will become a transformative power in the future. But contrary to growing enthusiasm among many observers that African countries will be able to ...
Tweet of the Day: While the U.S. Talks About Building Things in Africa… Here’s the Kind of Thing the Chinese Are Doing Right Now.Nov 6, 2019
This Tweet from Harare, Zimbabwe should give U.S. officials pause about the effectiveness of all those warnings to African governments about becoming too dependent on Chinese aid, loans and trade. The $100 million new parliament building, all funded and built by the Chinese, is starting ...
U.S. Says Forget About China’s “Belt and Road,” It’s Time For Developing Countries to Get Ready for The New “Blue Dot Network”Nov 6, 2019
The United States is proposing a new infrastructure development plan for developing countries that is presumably intended to rival China’s multi-billion-dollar “One Belt, One Road” strategy. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross unveiled the new “Blue Dot Network” on Tuesday at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Bangkok. ...
Video Worth Watching – China in Africa: Fair Trade or New Colonialism?Nov 5, 2019
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Amsterdam arts and culture house deBAILE held a fascinating event on Monday with three prominent European China-Africa experts. The panel, from left to right, featured Miriam Driessen from Oxford University, Ilaria ...
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Leading South African Financial Newspaper Gets Called Out for Publishing Chinese PropagandaNov 5, 2019
On November 4, the South African financial daily Business Day published a 12-page insert “celebrating Mao’s revolution” in China. The supplement was labeled an “advertorial,” which didn’t go down well with some readers who felt it was misleading. In a letter to the editor today, Richard ...
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Tweet of the Day: South Sudan is one of the Few Places Where Chinese and European Diplomats Actually Seem Like They Want to Work TogetherNov 5, 2019
EU Ambassador to South Sudan, Dr. Sinead Walsh, posted this image today on the EU in South Sudan Twitter feed that shows herself alongside EU Special Representative for the Horn of Africa, Alexander Rondos, and Chinese ambassador to Juba Hua Ning.
Chinese Firms in East Africa the Focus of Tax Evasion and Bribery CrackdownNov 5, 2019
While Chinese companies are feeling the pressure of anti-graft and tax evasion crackdowns at home, some are also facing similar campaigns abroad as African countries try to stamp out corrupt practices. KENYA: In a crackdown on corruption under President Uhuru Kenyatta, Chinese-owned companies are among ...
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When China Pushes Back Against the U.S. on Human Rights, It Plays Very Well in Many African CountriesOct 31, 2019
At a press conference broadcast live on TV, Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta did not appreciate being lectured by former U.S. President Barack Obama on gay rights. “We want to focus on other areas,” he bluntly told the visit American president. This ...
China’s Global Critics Are Helping It WinOct 31, 2019
“China’s policymakers benefit from the democratic world’s economic and political openness. They use free nations’ discourse to identify their own foreign policy and technological shortcomings while building a firewall that keeps discussion of those shortcomings from ever occurring in China itself. ” – Joshua ...
Chinese Vlogger Zhao Huiling Showcases How African Fashion Brands Can Compete InternationallyOct 30, 2019
Chinese social media video blogger, or “vlogger,” Zhao Huiling, takes her viewers to the Designing Africa Collective (DAC) in Nairobi that showcases some of the latest styles by talented designers from across the continent. Huiling speaks with DAC founder Diana Opoti about how African fashion brands can ...
Tweet of the Day: The Chinese in Africa Prove the Old Saying That “90% of Success is Just Showing Up”Oct 30, 2019
Nigeria-based Onye Nkuzi is a popular commentator on Twitter where he has more than 115,000 followers. He regularly shares his insights on African political issues and China-Africa relations. You can follow Onye Nkuzi on Twitter at @cchukudebelu
France-Africa Business Forum Opens Amid Questions Over How the French Can Compete Against the ChineseOct 30, 2019
The two-day Ambition Africa forum that gets underway today at the Ministry of Finance in Paris is intended to inject new energy into French business ventures in Africa that have increasingly been sidelined by Chinese and other competitors on the continent. With France’s ...
Summits in 2019 Provoke Populist Response: “Draw Close to Your African Leader and Scream at Him to Wake Up!Oct 28, 2019
While major newspapers in Africa explore the geopolitical and strategic implications of the recent Russia-Africa summit and the other international gatherings among the Japanese, Turks, Indians, and Americans this year, there’s a very different conversation taking place online. Voices like those of Ghanian student leader Israel ...
China’s UK Ambassador Pushes Back on US/EU Criticism of Beijing’s “No Strings Attached” Approach to African DevelopmentOct 28, 2019
It’s not immediately clear what prompted Ambassador Liu Xiaoming to publish this Tweet as there was no visible critique or other reference that he was responding to in the feed. Ambassador Liu has more than 5,000 followers on Twitter and can be followed at
It’s Starting to Settle-In That Russia’s Coming Back to Africa. So What Does That Mean for Africa and Everyone Else?Oct 28, 2019
With their leaders back from Russia, several of Africa’s major newspapers devoted considerable space this weekend to digest the Russia-Africa summit and how does Moscow’s resurgence on the continent complicate ties with other major powers, namely China and the U.S. African Media Frame Russia’s Revitalized ...
South Africa President Reflects on Russia Summit and Defends Chinese Lending PracticesOct 28, 2019
In his regular email newsletter, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa reflected on last week’s inaugural Russia-Africa Summit and the changing geopolitical dynamics in Africa. Key Highlights from President Ramaphosa’s Newsletter: “What we are witnessing is a dramatic rebalancing of the relationship between the world’s advanced ...
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Gyude Moore on Why Some African Countries Prefer to Deal with China and Russia Over the U.S.Oct 25, 2019
“American involvement comes with American values: protection of minorities, freedom of speech, open societies, free trade. And so when the U.S. engages with a country, those are the terms on which it engages. Russia is not going to advocate for those. Neither will China.“
Tweet of the Day: Without China and Russia in Africa, the U.S. Would Likely Lose InterestOct 24, 2019
Onye Nkuzi is a Nigeria-based analyst who has more than 114,000 followers on Twitter and regularly comments on U.S.-China-Africa issues. You can follow him on Twitter at @cchukudebelu.
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With No Evidence, Some US & EU Media Frame Russia Summit as Move to Challenge Chinese Influence in AfricaOct 24, 2019
Agence France Presse and Newsweek were among the Western news outlets who have framed the Russia-Africa Summit story as a bid to somehow “confront” or “challenge” China’s massive influence in Africa. What’s interesting, though, is that none of that rhetoric is coming from the Russians ...
Rwanda Partners with DP World, Alibaba and Zhejiang Province to Open New $35 Million Dry PortOct 23, 2019
Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Dubai Ports World Chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem officially inaugurated the Kigali Logistics Platform, Rwanda’s largest inland cargo handling facility. The new dry port also hosts a 2,500-square meter bonded warehouse as part of the Rwanda Digital Trading Hub for eCommerce ...
Landry Singé: 3 Things to Watch for at the Russia-Africa Summit That Starts TodayOct 23, 2019
The inaugural Russia-Africa Summit that starts today in the Black Sea city of Sochi will focus on three specific areas, according to Professor Landry Signé from the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. “Pragmatic economic cooperation, military-technical partnerships, and Russia’s quiet soft-power push,”
How African Countries Can Benefit From the U.S.-China Trade WarOct 22, 2019
It’s conventional wisdom that the worse the U.S.-China trade war becomes, the worse it will be for African countries who are effectively caught in the middle. But that may be the case, writes Botswana Trade Minister Bogolo Kenewendo in a new article ...
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For the First Time in a Long Time, China Isn’t Looming in the Background of an Africa Summit… This Time It’s the U.S.Oct 22, 2019
Over the past few years at various African summits organized by the Japanese, Europeans or Americans, China has emerged as a kind of benchmark that other foreign powers are now measured against in Africa. Beijing’s dominance in African trade, infrastructure development, and technology adoption are ...
China’s Ambassador to South Africa Is New to Twitter but From the Looks of It, He’s Learning How to Waste Time on Social Media Just Like the Rest of UsOct 21, 2019
China’s outspoken ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, just joined Twitter last month and for the most part, he’s been posting the usual things that ambassadors tend to post on social media like photos from official events and pro-Beijing propaganda. Then out of character, ...
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Kenya’s Newest SGR Line is Up and Running But Bad Roads Means No One Can Actually Get to the StationsOct 21, 2019
Two days after the high-profile launch of Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway line between Nairobi and Naivasha, the trains are running largely empty as very few passengers can actually get to the stations due to the poor condition of the roads. Nearby residents also say that ...
With Africa-Russia Summit Kicking Off This Week, Judd Devermont Has Some Advice for How the U.S. Should RespondOct 21, 2019
The inaugural Russia-Africa Summit will take place on Wednesday and Thursday of this week in the Olympic city of Sochi near the Black Sea. Some 50 heads of state have been invited to what many regard as Russia’s formal re-entry into ...
Wang Yi’s Quick Visit to South Africa Highlights How SA is Now China’s #1 BFF in AfricaOct 21, 2019
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made a quick one-day stop in South Africa on Friday where he met with President Cyril Ramaphosa and his counterpart Naledi Pandor for talks. The big smiles in the official photos (above) highlight how these two governments are becoming increasingly ...
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European State Media Pose Tough Questions About Railway Financing in Kenya While Overlooking One Very Important PointOct 20, 2019
It’s so interesting to see EU/US coverage of the SGR debt issue in Kenya when their state-run media channels constantly point out this new rail line is unprofitable. Sure, but consider that in 2018 Germany spent $13.3 billion to subsidize its rail operations. ...
Author and Journalist Howard W. French on the History, Geopolitical & Economic Impact of China’s Engagement in Africa.Oct 17, 2019
Columbia University just published a video today of a talk that the acclaimed author and journalist Howard W. French gave at the Columbia Global Centers in Nairobi. French’s popular book “China’s Second Continent” has influenced global views of the ...
Three East African Countries to Introduce New Tolls to Pay Back China for Road Building LoansOct 17, 2019
Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda have all announced plans to begin charging toll roads on certain expressways built with Chinese financing. The proposed fees, according to UK-based infrastructure industry publication ITS, is apparently intended to generate the necessary funds to repay Chinese lenders. ...
Tweet of the Day: Kenyan Truckers Claim SGR is Too Costly, But That’s Shortsighted Says ExpertOct 17, 2019
Dr. Zhengli Huang is a Research Associate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield. She’s an expert on China’s impact on African urban development and has experience in Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda. You can follow her on Twitter at
New SGR Railway Gets Mixed Reviews on Kenyan TV and Barely Any International CoverageOct 17, 2019
Kenyan TV channels broke into regularly scheduled programming for live coverage of Wednesday’s SGR launch. A lot of the initial reporting, particularly during the live broadcast, was generally positive but as the day went on the tone on several networks began to change. KTN and ...
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Retired from Alibaba, Jack Ma Says He Now Wants to Develop Entrepreneurial Talent in AfricaOct 16, 2019
Jack Ma, the founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, is looking to empower entrepreneurs in Africa so that they can help drive change. “Entrepreneurs are the most important element to promote society,” said Ma, who spoke in public for the first time since retiring, at the ...
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China to Challenge Facebook’s Libra With Its Own Cryptocurrency and Africa Could be Huge Potential MarketOct 16, 2019
A quick follow-up from the story we shared yesterday about how the dominance of Chinese mobile phone companies in Africa could create a “walled garden” that would exclude Facebook’s proposed cryptocurrency Libra. Now, CNBC reports that the Chinese government is expediting the ...
With 53 Million Users, Chinese-owned Boomplay Now Turns to Francophone Africa to Drive GrowthOct 16, 2019
The Chinese-owned streaming music joint venture (Transsion Holdings & Netease) currently dominating the African market is now looking to grow its base of 53 million users by expanding beyond its base in anglophone West Africa into francophone countries. Boomplay’s Big Plans Dele Kadiri, who acts as the company’s ...
Fueled by Chinese Loans, Kenya’s National Debt Tops $57 BillionOct 16, 2019
Kenya’s Treasury released new information about the country’s rising debt load, announcing that it’s about to reach Sh6 trillion ($57 billion.) Last week, Parliament approved a new, higher debt ceiling of Sh9 trillion ($87 billion) in part to accommodate 44 new loan ...
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Two Competing Views of the New Chinese-built Naivasha Standard Gauge Railway Line in KenyaOct 16, 2019
The Chinese-financed and constructed Standard Gauge Railway in Kenya is an extremely polarizing issue for many people in Kenya and throughout East Africa. Critics of President Uhuru Kenyatta see it as a financial boondoggle that will never pay for itself, leaving future generations to pick ...
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Despite Rwanda-based Mara Phone’s Claims That Its New Device is “100% African,” Critics Raise a Few DoubtsOct 15, 2019
Last week’s launch of the new Mara Phones was widely celebrated across the continent as the company touted them to be Africa’s first ‘entirely home-made‘ smartphones. “The entire manufacturing process, from the motherboard all the way to the packaging of the ...
Transsion IPO Proves the Promise of the African MarketOct 4, 2019
This week’s stunning stock debut of the Chinese company that dominates the African mobile phone market is definitive proof in the promise of the African market. Shenzhen-based Transsion Holdings started trading this week on the NASDAQ-style Star exchange in Shanghai where its stock immediately ...
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Japan the EU Sign an Ambitious Deal to Build Infrastructure in the Developing World With an Eye on Countering ChinaOct 4, 2019
Japan and the European Union signed a so-called “connectivity partnership” to build infrastructure and set development standards in joint projects around the world. While neither the agreement nor the leaders from either side mentioned China by name, it’s widely believed that this deal is ...
Chinese Galamsey and the Illegal Lure of China’s Gold RushOct 3, 2019
[THE STATESMAN] Some 50,000 Chinese migrants are said to have flocked to Ghana to stake a claim in the country’s illegal gold mining rush, with dire environmental, economic and social consequences. Ghana’s tradition of artisanal gold mining and the gold price boom which began in ...
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World Bank: China Sinks Further Into Debt While Investors Seem to Love Buying African Sovereign BondsOct 3, 2019
On average, the external debt burden of low and middle-income countries remains moderate. The ratio of external debt to GNI averaged 26 percent at the end of 2018, unchanged from the prior year average, and the ratio of external debt-to-export earnings improved slightly. Outcomes for ...
Aubrey Hruby: Africa Already is a Battleground in the U.S.-China Trade WarOct 3, 2019
Atlantic Council Africa Center senior fellow Aubrey Hruby explained in a recent interview at the Concordia Summit in New York that Africa is a new front in the ongoing U.S.-China trade war but nonetheless remains optimistic that some African countries are well-positioned to benefit from ...
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Lingan University in Hong Kong to Offer Graduate Degree in China-Africa StudiesOct 2, 2019
Lingan University in Hong Kong will offer one of the world’s first graduate degrees in China-Africa studies. This one year program starts in the 2020 academic year and will be embedded within the international relations and feature a concentration in China-Africa studies. “There’s been misconceptions ...
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Export, Employment, or Productivity? Chinese Investments in Ethiopia’s Leather and Leather Product SectorsOct 1, 2019
In a new working paper published on the China-Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University, prominent China-Africa professor Tang Xiaoyang from Tsinghua University in Beijing highlights the role of Chinese investments into the Ethiopian leather sector and offers key insights into ...
Understanding China’s Belt and Road Infrastructure Projects in AfricaOct 1, 2019
David Dollar, senior fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution, challenges a number of the prevailing themes common in US and European capitals about China’s Belt and Road Initiative. In his paper, published on the Brookings website, ...
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We Focus a Lot of Attention on African Countries Involved in China’s BRI, But What About Those Who Aren’t?Oct 1, 2019
40 out of 55 African countries are members of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) club, affording some of them preferential access to Chinese credit lines and infrastructure development spending. And for the most part, these forty countries tend to dominate the discussion about Africa’s ...
Huawei Cancels Mate 30 Pro Launch in South AfricaOct 1, 2019
The latest indication that U.S. sanctions against Chinese telecom giant Huawei are having impact comes today from South Africa where the company announced that it will postpone the launch of one of its new flagship devices, the Mate 30 Pro. According to Huawei CBG South ...
The Chinese Mobile Phone Company That Dominates in Africa is Now Worth $4 billionSep 26, 2019
The Shenzhen-based parent company of the hugely popular Tecno brand of phones in Africa went public this week and raised $395 million dollars in an initial public offering on Shanghai’s brand new NASDAQ-like tech-focused stock exchange. Transsion Holdings sold 80 million shares for 35.15 yuan ...
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Florida Governor Calls China an “Adversary” Determined to Control Resources in AfricaSep 24, 2019
Florida governor Rick Scott is by no means an important voice on foreign policy matters but he does offer some insight here on how a lot of senior US politicians now consider China to be an “adversary” who’s determined to exert influence around the world. ...
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Kenyan Borrowing From Japan Surges as Chinese Lending SlowsSep 24, 2019
New data from the National Treasury in Nairobi revealed a dramatic surge in borrowing from Japan, up 162% to more than $1.3 billion during the period of June 2018 to June 2019. The increase in Japanese loans comes as China is slowing its lending to ...
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Sinohydro Stops Work on Zambia Hydroelectric DamSep 24, 2019
Citing “difficulties beyond its control” (translation: they haven’t been paid), China’s state-owned Sinohydro has stopped work building the 750mw Kafue Gorge hydroelectric dam in Zambia, dealing a major blow for the country’s drive for energy self-sufficiency and the livelihoods of thousands of workers on the ...
The Kenyan Government is Forcing Transport Companies to Use the SGRSep 23, 2019
Cargo Transporters in Kenya oppose move by the government making it compulsory for cargo transported by the SGR #KTNBusiness #KTNBusinessToday pic.twitter.com/eHlSEaDf9K — ktn (@KTNKenya) September 23, 2019
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China’s Ambassador to South Africa Hits Back Against US, EU AttacksSep 23, 2019
China’s outspoken ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, pushed back against U.S. and European critics on the opening day of the Africa/China Industrial and Infrastructural Cooperation Conference at the University of Johannesburg earlier this week. Ambassador Lin is different than most other Chinese diplomats and ...
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The Top 5 Things China and Africa Buy/Sell from One AnotherSep 23, 2019
In an article that recently appeared in the Paris-based magazine The Africa Report, Andrew McGregor, Managing Director of the independent research organization Who Owns Whom, and Marthinus Havenga, Director of Cathkin Consulting, provided some interesting data on the top five export and import categories that ...
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Russia and China Are Motivated by Totally Different Incentives in AfricaSep 23, 2019
Russia is stepping up its engagement in Africa with a new focus on trade. Although Russia does considerably less trade with Africa than China, less than a tenth the volume, in fact, it nonetheless remains an important actor on the continent. Although Russia and China ...
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[AUDIO] Dean Diabate’s China Story and How African Exporters Can Reach China’s Online ShoppersSep 19, 2019
Description:Dean Diabate first came to China in 2008, a very long time ago in the world of Chinese eCommerce. Back then, people didn’t buy much online or use mobile payments. In fact, no one had ever heard of the now-ubiquitous super app WeChat, much less Alipay or any of the countless digital platforms that have […]
Niger, China Agree to Build 2,000km Oil PipelineSep 19, 2019
China’s oil ambitions in Niger clearly appear to be on the rise. The two sides agreed this week to build a massive, hugely ambitious new 2,000-kilometer pipeline that will transport crude from the landlocked West African country to the port of Seme in Benin,
Rwanda Attracting More Chinese & HK Apparel InvestmentSep 18, 2019
It’s interesting how two African land-locked countries are emerging as the continent’s leading destination for Asian apparel makers looking to offshore, or “delocalize” their China manufacturing operations. Both Ethiopia and Rwanda are emerging as the leaders in this sector despite the fact that transportation logistics ...
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