Follow CAP on Social Media

Listen to the CAP Podcast

China Cranks Up the Campaign to Lobby African Stakeholders on Xinjiang

Photo from a recent conference in Beijing where ambassadors from Burkina Faso, the Republic of Congo, and Sudan all enthusiastically endorsed China's policies in Xinjiang. Image via @WuPeng_MFAChina.

With Xinjiang now emerging as a core dividing issue in the increasingly acrimonious U.S.-China relationship, it appears that Beijing is leaning even more on its ties in Africa and other parts of the Global South as part of an effort to build a coalition to counter Washington’s well-documented accusations of widespread human rights violations in the Western Chinese region.

There was a noticeable increase earlier this year in messaging on Xinjiang from Chinese diplomats in Africa and Chinese propaganda outlets that broadcast on the continent. Now it appears they’re ramping up that effort even more with what appear to be newspaper columns written by sympathetic scholars, large-scale diplomatic events, and a coordinated social media outreach on platforms like Twitter and Facebook.

  • Get a daily email packed with the latest China-Africa news and analysis.
  • Read exclusive insights on the key trends shaping China-Africa relations.
  • Full access to the News Feed that provides daily updates on Chinese engagement in Africa and throughout the Global South.

China, Africa and the Global South... find out what’s happening.

Subscribe today for unlimited access.

What is The China-Africa Project?

Independent

The CAP is passionately independent, non-partisan and does not advocate for any country, company or culture.

News

A carefully curated selection of the day’s most important China-Africa stories. Updated 24 hours a day by human editors. No bots, no algorithms.

Analysis

Diverse, often unconventional insights from scholars, analysts, journalist and a variety of stakeholders in the China-Africa discourse.

Networking

A unique professional network of China-Africa scholars, analysts, journalists and other practioners from around the world.