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While Kenyan Parents Worry About Their Kids’ Schooling During Lockdown, the Country’s Education Head Thinks This is a Good Time Talk About Everyone Learning Chinese

The topic of Mandarin language instruction is extremely sensitive in Kenya even during good times, so you can imagine the reaction that Education Chief Secretary George Magoha received this weekend when he hinted that Chinese language education would be included in the country's national curriculum known as ...

Georgetown’s Ken Ochieng’ Opalo is the Latest Scholar to Discredit the “Chinese Debt Trap” Theory in Africa

Georgetown University Assistant Professor Ken Ochieng’ Opalo published a blog post on his personal site this weekend that aimed to debunk the widely-held perception in Washington that China is engaging in a form of "debt-trap diplomacy" in Africa. Professor Ochieng’ Opalo, 

Ramaphosa: China to Increase PPE Shipments to Africa and Deploy New Centralized Distribution Hub

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday that all African countries will be able to procure COVID-19 medical supplies shipped from China through a new central gateway. “What we are now doing, is to set up a procurement platform, which we are going to launch next week, ...

Global Times Just Comes Out and Says It: Africa Should Abandon Democracy and Follow China’s Development Model Instead

Over the years, China has actively promoted its party-led governance model in Africa over more pluralistic forms of government common in the U.S. and Europe. But, for the most part, they've kept that message pretty low key so as not to come off as trying to overtly ...

Q&A: The U.S.-China Narrative Battle in Africa Over Anti-Black Discrimination

The ongoing violent unrest in dozens of U.S. cities to protest police brutality against African Americans is now emerging as a key theme in the U.S.-China narrative battle in Africa. China's state-run media outlets along with its diplomatic social media channels in Africa are publishing a steady ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Cobalt Clarifies Everything

We’re at one of those moments when everyone suddenly remembers that Africa exists. Right through the pandemic, the debt crisis, and climate talks, the continent and its needs were seemingly invisible.

But nothing sharpens the eye like an upcoming FOCAC summit. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s African visit was marked by determination to avoid the Trump administration’s almost Freudian compulsion to blurt out ‘China!’ when talking about African issues. Instead, Blinken ...