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Report: Nigerian Government In Contact With Chinese Cyber Authorities Over How to Build New Internet Firewall

Less than 24 hours after the Nigerian government announced that it would impose a ban on Twitter, officials in President Muhammadu Buhari's office reportedly made contact with the  Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) to discuss how to implement a Chinese-style firewall in Nigeria, according to ...

AU Official: Chinese Construction of New Africa CDC HQ Moving “Very Smoothly With Full Force”

Chinese construction of the African Union's new Center for Disease Control headquarters in Addis Ababa is proceeding "very smoothly," according to Fantahun Hailemichael, coordinator of the Africa CDC headquarters project at the AU, in a report published by China's state-run news agency Xinhua. 

China Restarts PPE Donations in Africa While Vaccine Sales/Donations Trickle Along

There's been a noticeable increase in recent weeks in the frequency of Chinese donations of masks, protective gowns, and other medical supplies to various African stakeholders. On Friday, the Chinese embassy handed over a donation of 50,000 masks to the University of Zambia in ...

Chinese Propaganda Uses Corporate-Style Content Marketing Tactics to Promote Its Vaccines in South African Media

Some unknown Chinese entity in South Africa, most likely the embassy in Pretoria, is using paid content to promote Chinese vaccines in local media. Beyond the fact that this is obviously propaganda, it's not clear from the article who the author is or who actually paid for 

In What Could Be Bad News From the DR Congo, the Cobalt-Free EV Battery May Happen Much Sooner Than We Thought

The world's leading automakers are making much faster progress than anticipated in moving away from electric vehicle batteries that contain cobalt. VW, Tesla, and the Chinese EV giant BYD (the world's second-largest EV maker) have all either developed new cobalt-free batteries or are in late-stage development.

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Sanctions and Anti-Sanctions

For those tracking the development (and high-level normalization) of ‘the new cold war,’ this week has been a doozy. U.S. President Joe Biden departed for the G7 summit in Cornwall with a rare bipartisan win in his pocket. His U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, a $250 billion bill aimed at countering Chinese competition in a number of hi-tech areas like semiconductors and robotics, passed with a 68-32 majority. Some predict that it could ...

Nigeria’s Twitter Ban is a Big Win For China

Chinese officials are no doubt celebrating Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's decision late last week to ban Twitter.  The move marked the most important endorsement in Africa to date of Beijing's long-held view on "internet sovereignty." The Chinese have never accepted the ...