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A Totally Different China-Africa Conversation

China is such a polarizing issue in the U.S. and Europe at present that almost any discussion on the topic is bound to become political. That's certainly the case in the China-Africa space, where webinars hosted by U.S./European think tanks, universities, and companies often devote the bulk ...

Pragmatism Not Politics the Focus of High-Profile China-Africa Online Conference

A number of prominent African ambassadors to China joined scholars, business leaders, and think tank analysts this week for a wide-ranging online discussion on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting ties between the two regions. The event, organized by the Beijing-based ...

Nigerian Government to Investigate Allegations of “Slave” Conditions at a Chinese Factory in Abia State

A representative from Nigeria's Federal Competition & Consumer Protection Commission said the agency is going to call in the Ministry of Labor and other authorities to investigate allegations of widespread abuse at a Chinese-owned factory in the southeast state of Abia.

Scuffle Breaks Out When a Chinese Construction Manager Blocks Kenyan Minister From Conducting a Surprise Site Inspection

When Kenya's Transport Cabinet Administrative Secretary Wavinya Ndeti showed up with a delegation of senior officials for an unannounced site inspection of the Sh1.7 billion Likoni floating footbridge construction project in Mombasa, the lead construction manager from the China Road Bridge Corporation (CRBC) was not happy.

Which Way Somaliland: Taiwan or China?

Somaliland is the middle of a tense courtship between China and Taiwan, leading to conflicting signals about which way the self-declared nation in the Horn of Africa is leaning. On the one hand, if you follow the Twitter accounts of Mohamed Hagi, the newly arrived ambassador to ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China’s Climate Role in the Global South

I don’t know about you, but I’m suffering from COP26 stress. There’s so much riding on the global climate summit happening in Glasgow at the end of the month that it’s sometimes difficult to remember we face a few other pressing issues too. 

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There’s Growing Excitement That a New Ugandan-Chinese Smartphone Will Help to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

Bloomberg's Quick Take team showcased the new G507 smartphone made by the Chinese company SIMI and manufactured locally in Uganda. The phone comes equipped with a body temperature scanner that the company claims is similar to those temperature guns that have become a widespread tool to detect ...

CITES Under Pressure to Crack Down on Elephant Trade and Loosen Restriction on Ivory Sales

Wednesday marked World Elephant Day (yes, apparently elephants also have their own day) and that sparked a heated discussion over the African ivory trade and Zimbabwe's controversial sales of young elephants to China. While conservationists and those who advocate for more relaxed wildlife trade regulations ...

Lin Songtian: The U.S. “Maliciously Disrupts China-Africa Relations”

Former South African ambassador and current President of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), Lin Songtian, was the keynote speaker at an online event this week organized by the Beijing-based consultancy Development Reimagined and the Ghanaian embassy. Ambassador Lin devoted the bulk ...