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The Joy and Pain of Developing Kenya’s Specialty Tea Production

Tea farmers in Kenya’s central highlands say Chinese interest in their tea is improving their income, but the journey for Chinese tea enthusiast and founder of the Chinya Tea Development Company Lewis Gao has not been easy. He came to Kenya ...

How China’s Evolving Energy Mix Will Impact Its Foreign Policy in Africa

Since 2008, China has been gradually shifting its oil procurement strategy away from Africa towards producers in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf. Today, Angola is the only African country in China's list of top ten suppliers. Security is ...

Africa to G20 Members: Pay a Little Now or Pay a Lot Later

When things fall apart no one will be able to say they didn't see it coming. Last year, when we spoke with Ghananian conservationist Kofi Agbogah, executive director of the NGO Hεn Mpoano, for the ...

China’s New Ambassador to Kenya Will Face Many of the Same Challenges He Encountered in Nigeria

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta received credentials from six new envoys on Wednesday including China's Zhou Pingjian. The new Chinese ambassador replaced Wu Peng who recently returned to Beijing to become the Foreign Ministry's top diplomat for sub-Saharan Africa. ...

Morocco Isn’t Going to Rely Only on China For a COVID-19 Vaccine

With more than 65,000 COVID-19 infections, Morocco is one of Africa's major hot spots in the ongoing pandemic, so it's not surprising that the government is moving quickly to position the country as a vaccine hub.  Rabat is ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Different Readings of FOCAC

One of the intriguing results of last week’s FOCAC meeting has been a narrative pushed by key English-language publications that it represents a reduction in Chinese engagement with the continent. Bloomberg set the tone in its initial report which counted the sums mentioned in President Xi Jinping’s speech and came to $40 billion. Comparing it to the $60 billion funding targets of 2015 and 2018, it concluded that the summit represented a pullback from ...

Cobus van Staden Has a Warning For Rich Countries: Either You Pay Now to Help Africa With COVID-19 or You Will Pay Later

Cobus van Staden, the senior China-Africa researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg and co-founder of The China Africa Project, published a sharply-worded commentary that condemned the international community's response to the COVID-19 as "woefully naive." ...

Forget About Oil, Cobalt is the Resource of the Future

Strong demand for electric vehicles in China and Europe is expected to bolster the output of cobalt and copper in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's mining sector. Today, the DRC is the Saudi Arabia or cobalt. 60-70% of the world's cobalt originates there and China is ...

Heather Li Introduces You to Some of China’s Most Dynamic Young African Entrepreneurs

Heather Li is the bubbly, always smiling, endlessly energetic force of nature behind the Shanghai-based Dot Connector, a PR/marketing initiative focused on African tech start-ups and entrepreneurs in China. She's kicked off a new video series where she interviews young Africans ...