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Huawei’s Surveillance Technology Program “Safe Cities” Now Active in 12 African Countries

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 ...

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 Meetings

@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. ...

With Chinese and Russian Warships Heading to South Africa, Pretoria Sends a Powerful Message to the U.S. 

If U.S. officials haven't received the message yet that Pretoria is increasingly aligning its foreign policy with Washington's two most formidable adversaries then the image of Chinese and Russian warships docked in Cape Town later this month should do the trick.  ...

Q&A: Chinese Venture Capital Firms Are Now Starting to Invest in African Start-Ups

Now that it's becoming more difficult for Chinese venture capital (VC) firms to invest in the United States where their money is increasingly regarded as "toxic," these investors are now looking farther afield for new opportunities and that's bringing them all the way to Africa. Evidence ...