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China’s Space Program Becomes New Soft Power Message in Africa

China's Ambassador to Botswana Zhao Yanbo was among a number of Chinese envoys and embassies who celebrated this week's launch of the Long March-3B rocket, which carried the new Beidou Navigation Satellite System into orbit. The new nav system presents an immediate challenge to the U.S.-led Global ...

World Bank President Says He’s Confident China, Private Creditors Will Deliver Debt Relief

World Bank President David Malpass (photo) told Bloomberg that he's confident private creditors will somehow come up with a way to restructure the $140+ billion of bond debt that poor countries owe investors. “The view of the international community was very ...

Ghana Signs Huge Deal to Buy Trains From China

Ghana's Railway Minister Joe Ghartey signed a $235 million agreement on Tuesday to buy dozens of locomotives and passenger trains from the state-owned Chinese company DongFang Electric International. All of the new trains will be standard gauge compliant, similar to rail standards ...

The Chinese Embassy, Mining Company Move Quickly to Defuse Tension in Zimbabwe Following Shooting

Chinese stakeholders in Zimbabwe moved quickly this week to try and make amends for Sunday's violent confrontation at a mining site in the central city of Gweru, where a Chinese manager shot two local employees in a salary dispute. Both employees ...

How Effective Crisis Communications Helped Defuse a Potentially Huge PR Disaster for the Chinese in Zimbabwe

Ten years after two Chinese managers at the Collum coal mine in Zambia opened fire and injured 11 workers who were protesting against low pay and poor conditions, a similar situation, albeit on a smaller scale, occurred this past weekend in Zimbabwe. ...

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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