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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 Alone

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 company will ...

China’s Ambassador to South Africa: Pompeo Stuck in the Cold War With an “Outdated, Zero-Sum Mentality”

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 home and ...

China Loomed Large Over Pompeo’s Africa Tour, Burying His Message About Enhanced U.S. Engagement

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 Clinton was ...

What It Takes to Build a Successful Chinese Agricultural Partnership in Mozambique

It’s 9am in the morning and a message arrived on my WeChat: “The storm last night burnt down the water pump’s transformer again and now the local Water User Association came and asked for 18,000 Metical (around $278) for repairs. Furthermore, it’s difficult to collect the water ...

Q&A: “Pleasantly Surprised” Pompeo Did Not Focus on China During Recent Africa Tour

Prior to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's arrival in Africa for his three-nation tour that wrapped up in Ethiopia on Thursday, Gabon-based China-Africa analyst Cornelia Tremann wrote a column for The Lowy Institute's "The Interpreter" website where she made a series of recommendations for what ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

How a Port Expansion in a Tiny, Self-Declared African Country Reverberates Around the World

One of the key discussions in the run-up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit is whether China is stepping away from funding large-scale infrastructure projects like roads and ports. 

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