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Congolese Ministers Deliver Mostly Favorable Report to President on Chinese Infrastructure

Two Congolese ministers delivered a largely upbeat assessment of the status of Chinese infrastructure projects tied to major mining contracts in a key report for President Félix Tshisekedi at the latest cabinet meeting on Friday. Infrastructure and Public ...

Tshisekedi Was the Only African Head of State That Got an Audience With Blinken, China Not on the Agenda

Senior U.S. officials, including President Joe Biden, were surprisingly averse to meeting with African heads of state who were in the United States last week for the United Nations General Assembly meetings in New York.  ...

Prominent Peking U Finance Professor Warns Evergrande Crisis Could Impact China’s Raw Material Suppliers

So far, shock waves from the massive implosion of the $305 billion property development group China Evergrande have not been felt abroad, but that could soon change if the crisis forces Beijing to retrench, warned a leading Peking Univesity finance professor.

Now It’s Huawei That’s in Trouble in the DR Congo

Telecom giant Huawei is now the latest Chinese company to be embroiled in controversy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The company is to appear again in the Gombe Commercial Court in Kinshasa to settle a bitter feud regarding a 2018 judgment against ...

China-Africa Trade Fair Gets Underway in the Central Chinese Province of Hunan

Rwandan President Paul Kagame (photo) was the keynote speaker on Sunday at the kick-off of the four-day China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo in the Hunan provincial capital of Changsha. The expo was also attended by China's most senior foreign policy official, Yang Jiechi, who ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Different Readings of FOCAC

One of the intriguing results of last week’s FOCAC meeting has been a narrative pushed by key English-language publications that it represents a reduction in Chinese engagement with the continent. Bloomberg set the tone in its initial report which counted the sums mentioned in President Xi Jinping’s speech and came to $40 billion. Comparing it to the $60 billion funding targets of 2015 and 2018, it concluded that the summit represented a pullback from ...

Hannah Ryder Explains Why the China-Africa Trade Expo is Important

The China-Africa trade expo that's now underway in the central Chinese province of Hunan provides a unique opportunity for African exporters of finished goods to meet directly with Chinese buyers, said Hannah Ryder, CEO of Development Reimagined, in an interview this weekend with Chinese ...

By the Numbers: New Report Breaks Down Current State of China-Africa Trade and Economic Ties

The Chinese government published a lengthy 108-page report on Saturday that details the current state of economic and trade ties with Africa. The timing of the report's release was intended to coincide with the opening of the China-Africa Trade Expo that began in Changsha on ...

CCP Quietly Bolsters Ties With Africa’s Ruling Parties

The Secretary of Uganda's ruling National Resistance Movement Party, Richard Todwong, took part in a seminar on Saturday organized by the Chinese Communist Party that is part of a broader effort by the CCP to further strengthen its ties with ruling parties across the continent.