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Chinese State Media Touts Capture of Rhino Horn Haul in Shanghai

Chinese customs officials at Shanghai's Hongqiao International Airport seized seven rhino horns weighing almost 10kgs (22 pounds). The smugglers were apparently asked by a South African trafficker to transport the contraband, according to a video published this weekend on CGTN's YouTube channel. The exact ...

Ghana Conservation Activists Fight Against China-backed Bauxite Mine in Rainforest

The Awaso bauxite mine is emerging as a critical flashpoint in China-Africa environmental ties and highlights tensions common to many countries between the need for African countries to best exploit its natural resources and the use of Chinese financing for projects in and around the continent's rapidly diminishing ...

Tweet of the Day: The Risk of Crossing China’s Proverbial “Red Lines”

Eliott Zaagman is the co-host of the China Tech Investor podcast and a regular commentator on Chinese technology issues. He writes extensively on Huawei for publications including Tech Node ...

Africa Becoming Important Source of Support for China’s Contentious International Battles

The Daily Nation's Senior Foreign Affairs Writer Aggrey Mutambo reports on how the Chinese government is now trying to rally support among Africa media for its controversial policies in Xinjiang where Beijing claims its fighting "terrorism and extremism" but human rights groups & western ...

Kenya Rushes to Get $4 Billion of Infrastructure Loans Approved for the “Big Four” Projects

The government is in a race against time to secure new loans amounting to $4.1 billion to fund President Uhuru Kenyatta's ambitious "Big Four" projects that include food security, manufacturing, affordable housing, and affordable healthcare.  Where's the Money Going to ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Ethiopia, China and the Future of African Conflict

Ethiopia is giving us a glimpse of a set of dynamics that could come to shape African life in complicated ways. Last week, the Biden administration announced new sanctions aimed at reducing violence in the Tigray region, where conflict between the forces of President Abiy Ahmed and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) have caused massive human rights abuses affecting millions. The sanctions will target all sides of the conflict, including Ethiopia’s ...

Insiders Dismiss Rumored Cell C-China Mobile Deal

"Well-placed sources" are refuting last week's reports that South Africa's embattled #3 mobile carrier is in late-stage talks to be acquired by China Mobile. The prospect of a Chinese state-owned telecoms company buying into the South African market prompted widespread speculation ...

Race and Racism in the Africa-China Relationship

This essay is a preview of Dr. Roberto Castillo's forthcoming article on "race" and "racism" in Africa-China relations. It was originally published as a multipart Twitter thread and has been re-posted here with the author's permission. Some years ago, during ...