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China Denounces Guinea Coup and Calls For the Immediate Release of Alpha Condé

The Chinese government issued a short but pointed condemnation of this weekend's coup in Guinea that deposed President Alpha Condé. "China opposes coup attempts to seize power," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin (photo) at the regular press ...

Guinea Coup Leader Calls For Mines to Continue Operating, Chalco and Other Chinese Mining Firms Report No Disruptions

London metal traders will be keeping a close eye on the price of aluminum today after it moved higher on Monday following this weekend's coup in Guinea, one of the world's largest producers of bauxite -- a key aluminum ingredient.  Soon ...

Why What Happens in Guinea Matters to China

Guinea may be small and far away, but what happens there is critically important to metals manufacturers in China who depend on key ingredients from this West African country to produce huge quantities of aluminum and, eventually, steel. BAUXITE: China relies ...

You Knew This Was Going to Happen, Right?

It took less than 24 hours for the coup in Guinea to get sucked into the vortex that is the U.S.-China propaganda duel. China's foremost provocateur (aka "China's greatest internet troll"), Hu Xijin, the editor in chief of the nationalist tabloid newspaper Global ...

Don’t Worry About the Debt, Assures Kenya’s Treasury Minister as Millions Flow Back to China

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary in the Treasury, Ukur Yatani defended the government’s recent borrowing spree and urged citizens not to worry about debt since the government has a repayment plan. “If you want fast development you have to borrow. It would take us ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Ethiopia, China and the Future of African Conflict

Ethiopia is giving us a glimpse of a set of dynamics that could come to shape African life in complicated ways. Last week, the Biden administration announced new sanctions aimed at reducing violence in the Tigray region, where conflict between the forces of President Abiy Ahmed and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) have caused massive human rights abuses affecting millions. The sanctions will target all sides of the conflict, including Ethiopia’s ...

Chinese Vaccine Shipments to Africa Lag Far Behind Asia and Latin America

China shipped just 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines last week, according to the latest data from the Bridge Beijing Vaccine Tracker Report, highlighting how the continent is falling behind other regions like Latin America and Asia in terms of vaccine shipments. ...

People’s Daily Launches Kiswahili Language Website

The People's Daily, China's largest and arguably most important state-run media outlet, launched three new online sites last week including one in Kiswahili, a language spoken widely throughout East Africa. The new site complements an increasingly prominent Chinese media presence in ...

Why Is the Kenyan Government Determined to Hide Its Chinese Loan Contracts?

A growing number of Kenyans are becoming increasingly incensed with Attorney General (AG) Kihara Kariuki for his determination to challenge activists’ demands in court for disclosure of the $3.2 billion Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) contract with China. The move didn’t go down well with ...

Gauging the Effectiveness of Chinese Soft Power in Africa

It is very difficult, if not impossible, right now to accurately public opinion perceptions of China in a region as large and diverse as Africa. There are strong indications that point in opposite directions. African leaders one after another shower China ...