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Even China’s Once Stodgy State-Owned Enterprise Executives Are Now on Twitter

Executives from China's publicity-shy state-owned enterprises are following the lead of Chinese diplomats in Africa by setting up new Twitter accounts. Last week Kong Tao, the general manager of rail operations in Nigeria for the huge construction conglomerate CCECC, posted his first ...

Africa Week 2020 Kicks Off Today in Beijing

Africa Week 2020 in Beijing gets underway today and this year many events will take place on Zoom. So even if you're not in China you should check out the cool things they have planned. The team at 

As G20 Debt Relief Effort Flounders, World Bank President Calls Out the Chinese by Name

There's growing unease in the international donor community that China doesn't seem aligned with other major creditors on how to resolve the increasingly serious debt crisis in Africa and other developing regions. World Bank President David Malpass hinted at simmering frustrations when he called ...

China’s Ambassador to the UK Reiterates that Beijing Prefers to Work With Borrowers Bilaterally

In a Q&A session broadcast on Twitter, China's influential ambassador to the United Kingdom, Liu Xiaoming, admitted publicly that Beijing prefers to work with borrowers bilaterally rather than through multilateral organizations because it's "more effective."

Huawei Has Leveraged the COVID-19 Crisis to Enhance Ties With African Governments

Seemingly every week since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, has seen a new announcement of a Huawei technology donation to an African government in support of their effort to combat the pandemic. Huawei appears to be skilfully taking advantage of ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Reading the Smoke

As things slowly settle down in South Africa after the last ruinous week, the debates about who’s really to blame are catching fire. It’s now being called an insurrection attempt, and President Ramaphosa has referred to those responsible for fueling the protests as ‘enemies of democracy.’ One of the problems underlying the current crisis is that he’s both right and wrong. South Africa is indeed, as Ramaphosa called it, a ‘hard-fought-for democracy.’ ...

The U.S. will Find Persuading Africans to Abandon Huawei a Tough Sell

The UK's decision to remove Huawei equipment from its new 5G network marks a significant win for the United States, who's been lobbying governments for years to stop using the Chinese telecom company's gear.  The U.S. alleges, so far without evidence, ...

Calling it a “Fake Security Scare,” Leading Kenyan Newspaper Urges Telcos to Stay Out of US/UK Fight Over Huawei

One of Kenya's largest newspapers, The Star, published a blistering editorial on Sunday that implored the country's telecom operators to stay out of the escalating feud between the US/UK and China over Huawei. The paper's editorial board was blunt ...

Why the U.S. Campaign Against Huawei Will Fail in Africa

For the first time in years, the United States is seeing progress in its relentless effort to persuade/force/cajole (it really depends on your viewpoint) countries against using networking equipment from the Chinese telecom giant Huawei. The UK's recent decision to ban Huawei gear from its ...