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Tweet of the Day: China Commits Counter-Terrorism Funds to All Members of the G5 Sahel

Lina Benabdallah is a leading China-Africa scholar and an Assistant Professor of Politics at Wake Forest University in Salem, North Carolina. Professor Benabdallah regularly comments on Chinese engagement in both ...

Chinese Travel Vlogger Gives Viewers an Upclose Look at What Life in Kenya is Like

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. ...

AFP Fact Check: China NOT Ethiopia Launched the Ethiopian Satellite Last Month

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 5 that ...

Ethiopia’s New Chinese-built Satellite Sends Back First Images

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.

While the U.S. Gets Bogged Down in the Persian Gulf, China Pushes on With its African Diplomacy

Getting Africa on the agenda in Washington, D.C. has never been easy, but now it'll be near impossible as America's senior foreign policy leaders become consumed managing the burgeoning crisis in Iran, Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East. Contrast that ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Different Readings of FOCAC

One of the intriguing results of last week’s FOCAC meeting has been a narrative pushed by key English-language publications that it represents a reduction in Chinese engagement with the continent. Bloomberg set the tone in its initial report which counted the sums mentioned in President Xi Jinping’s speech and came to $40 billion. Comparing it to the $60 billion funding targets of 2015 and 2018, it concluded that the summit represented a pullback from ...