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China Sends a Heavy Hitter To Be Its New Ambassador To South Africa

China's ambassador-designate to South Africa, Chen Xiaodong, arrived at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg yesterday to start his tour as Beijing's sixth envoy to Pretoria. Chen's appointment to the post reaffirms Beijing's view that South Africa remains its most important ...

Following President Xi’s UNGA Speech, Chinese Diplomats in Africa Double-down on Vaccine Accessibility Pledge

Chinese diplomats in Africa are reaffirming President Xi Jinping's pledge to make a COVID-19 vaccine available to people across the continent once it's tested and ready for distribution. Fang Yi, the political attaché at the Chinese embassy in Uganda, 

Martyn Davies: “African Economies Have Pivoted Towards a China-Centric Asia”

Long-time China-Africa market analyst Martyn Davies, the managing director for emerging markets at Deloitte, explains why the once dominant "Chimerica" (China-America) is now giving way to a new era of "ChiAfrica" (China-Africa) trade. Watch the full ...

Chinese Propaganda Floats the Idea of Integrating the Belt & Road Initiative With the AfCFTA

The Communist Party-controlled China Daily newspaper published an interesting article today written by Lewis Ndichu, a research and policy analyst at the Kenya-based think tank Africa Policy Institute, that proposes how China's Belt and Road Initiative can be integrated into the new African Continental Free ...

One of Nigeria’s Elder Statesmen Reflects on Ties With China

Aminu Wali, 79, is long retired from a distinguished diplomatic career as Nigeria's envoy to China, the United Nations and a stint as the country's foreign minister. In a wide-ranging interview with the Premium Times newspaper, Wali reflected on the current state of ties with China and ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

FOCAC’s Powerful Optics Present a Challenge to China’s Rivals

FOCAC is for me what the Winter Olympics is for a curling fan – the one moment every few years when the world briefly shares one’s obsession. So it was interesting (and revealing) how relatively muted the coverage of the triennial meeting has been this time around.

In part, this is due to the fact that FOCAC 8 itself has been slightly smaller than usual. It was held at the ...

Popular Ghanaian YouTuber Goes to Village Where Chinese Man Was Named a Development Chief to Find Out What Happened

Ever since the Chinese businessman, Sun Qiang, was named development chief (Nkosuohene) of the small Ghanaian town of Kwahu-Abetifi two weeks ago, social media has been in an uproar. According to reports, Sun was awarded the title for giving $5,000 to the community. ...

What It Takes To Compete Against the Chinese in Africa

Remember all those exciting Africa summits that took place last year? The Russians and Turks each had one, as did the Europeans, and the Japanese. At one point it seemed kind ...