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China’s Transsion Holds Firm to the Top Spot in Africa’s Smartphone Market

Transsion's dominance of the African mobile phone market remains fully intact despite last year's major economic disruption brought on by the pandemic, according to new data released by the research firm IDC. Transsion's suite of brands (Tecno, Infinix, and Itel) has a commanding 48.2% ...

China’s Massive New Data Trunk Line Linking Asia, Africa, and Europe is Nearing Completion

A consortium of Chinese companies is nearing completion of the 12,000-kilometer PEACE cable (Pakistan East Africa Connecting to Europe) that will deliver badly-needed bandwidth to large swathes of Africa. The capacity of the undersea cable is so large, in fact, that it can transport 90,000 hours of ...

Chinese Vaccines Arrive in Congo-Brazzaville

Chinese ambassador Ma Fulin (photo) led a donation ceremony at the international airport in the Republic of Congo capital Brazzaville on Wednesday to hand over 100,000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine donated by the Chinese government. (CGTN) ...

Why China’s Vaccine Outreach in Africa May Not Produce the Soft Power Dividends Many Assume

There's growing anxiety in many Western capitals that China's head start in distributing vaccines to African countries will provide Beijing with a powerful diplomatic advantage. While there's no doubt that China's vaccine donations are well received on the continent, a trio of Africa analysts at the UK-based ...

Chinese State Media Showcase African Scholars, Journalists Who Make the Case For China’s Development Model

Chinese officials typically do not come out and say that their development model should be adopted by other countries as that could be construed as interfering in another state's internal affairs. Instead, that message is increasingly conveyed through Communist Party-controlled media outlets like China Daily, CGTN, and ...

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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New Crop of Wilson Center Fellows Apparently Not Interested in China-LatAm, Africa Relations

Parsifal D'Sola, director of the Bogota-based think tank Center for China-Latin America Investigation at the Andrés Bello Foundation thought that it was a bit strange that given the high level of concern among U.S. policymakers in Washington, D.C. about China's growing influence in the Americas and Africa that ...

The Transsion Phenomenon in Africa

Too often, the discussion about Chinese tech in the Global South, particularly in places like Africa, focuses primarily on just two companies Huawei and ZTE. It's not surprising given that in recent years both have been the focus of so much attention in Australia, the U.S., and ...