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Ghana AG: Chinese Nationals Arrested for Illegal Mining Will Not Be Deported and Will Instead Do Prison Time in Ghana

Ghanaian Attorney General Godfred Dame announced that military forces acting as part of the ongoing crackdown on illegal gold mining known as "galamsey" have detained 45 people, including 10 Chinese nationals. 400 troops from the Army, ...

The Powerful Head of Ghana’s Cocoa Industry Tells Farmers Not to Worry About China’s Entrance in the Market

Joseph Boahen Aidoo (photo) is working hard to allay fears among Ghanaian farmers that China's (still very small) emergence as a cocoa exporter is not a threat to their livelihoods.  The CEO of the Ghanaian Cocoa Board, a group that represents ...

Nigeria Emerges as the Newest Front in the U.S.-China Dispute Over Whether Taiwan Should Be Admitted to the World Health Assembly

Nigeria is now at the center of a bitter dispute between the American and Chinese embassies in Abuja over whether Taiwan should be admitted to the World Health Assembly (WHA). The issue erupted late last week when U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth ...

Liberia’s Senate President Shows Engaging China Depends on Acceding to Beijing’s Core Interests Up Front

The recent visit to the Chinese embassy in Monrovia by Albert Chie, president pro-tem of the Liberian Senate, provides an interesting insight into how African stakeholders are proactively telegraphing their acceptance of China's position on sensitive territorial issues like Taiwan, Xinjiang, and Hong Kong among others.

MTN CEO Tells Shareholders He Wants to Try Again To Get an Ethiopian Telecom License

MTN chief executive Ralph Mupita told his company's shareholders on Friday that if given the chance, he'd like to resubmit a bid for an Ethiopian telecom license. MTN and its backers from the Silk Road Fund of China were outbid last ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Grappling with African Success

This week saw the second China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo, held in Changsha, the capital of China’s Hunan province. As we’ve covered over the last few years, the city is rapidly emerging as a hub of Africa-China trade. It houses a new cocoa trading facility and is a destination for other African agricultural commodities. As an estimated $16 billion in deals were being signed, African commodities like pepper and butter sold ...

New Study Reveals the Breadth of China’s Diplomatic Use of Social Media and How Chinese Messaging is Amplified

China's use of U.S. social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook is a relatively new phenomenon that started in earnest around the end of 2019 and gathered speed through 2020. As such, there's been little research conducted into the breadth of Chinese engagement on these platforms and ...

South African Singer Eli Zaelo Wants to Become Hong Kong’s Next C-Pop Star

Pretoria native Eli Zaelo first moved to Hong Kong in 2015 to join the cast of the Disney show the "Lion King" which performed in the territory. After the show was over and she returned to South Africa, Zaelo felt compelled to return to the southern Chinese ...

Diplomatic Fishing Expeditions

This week provides numerous examples of China's complex presence in West Africa. Take Ghana for example:  even as Chinese entities are building multiple vocational training centres across the country, Chinese citizens are being rounded up for illegal gold mining and Ghanaian cocoa farmers are grappling with the implications ...

China Moves Ahead With Vaccine Distribution While COVAX, U.S. Efforts Falter

By now, COVAX, the global vaccine alliance should have shipped almost a quarter of a billion doses to the world's poorest countries. That hasn't happened. In fact, the alliance has distributed just 72 million jabs, a tiny fraction of what's needed. ...