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Anzetse Were on the Current State of China-Africa Economic Relations

China-Africa trade figures for the first eight months of the year are in and they look solid. So good, in fact, that the two sides appear on track to surpass last year's $187 billion in two-way trade. But those big numbers ...

Chinese Embassy in Sudan Activates Emergency Protocols, Orders Companies to Stop Work and Personnel to Take Shelter

The Chinese embassy in Khartoum on Monday activated its "safety emergency mechanism," a set of protocols that ordered all "Chinese-funded institutions" to suspend operations and for personnel to take cover in response to the escalating unrest in Sudan following yesterday's toppling of the civilian government.

Chinese FM Meets With Afghan Interim Government Delegation During Qatar Visit

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held the first high-level talks with the new interim government in Afghanistan. Wang met with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban's acting deputy prime minister, during the foreign minister's two-day visit to Qatar that began on Monday.

Should Chinese Nationals Help Supervise Mining Activities in the DRC? A Military Governor Thinks So, But Kinshasa Says Otherwise

The Vice Minister of Mines in the DR Congo, Godard Motemona, declared that the appointment of three Chinese nationals to help supervise Chinese mining activities in the far eastern province of Ituri is "null and void." The ...

Nigeria Unveils a Chinese-Style Digital Currency Platform

Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari, unveiled the country's new digital currency platform, eNaira, on Monday. It is Africa's first virtual currency. The new service will allow Nigerians to make contactless payments, move money between accounts and manage their accounts virtually. Unlike other ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

FOCAC’s Powerful Optics Present a Challenge to China’s Rivals

FOCAC is for me what the Winter Olympics is for a curling fan – the one moment every few years when the world briefly shares one’s obsession. So it was interesting (and revealing) how relatively muted the coverage of the triennial meeting has been this time around.

In part, this is due to the fact that FOCAC 8 itself has been slightly smaller than usual. It was held at the ...

China Commemorates 50 Years at the UN With a Hat Tip To Africa

China celebrated the 50th anniversary of its return to the United Nations on Monday, marking the day in 1971, when Beijing took over the seat from the Republic of China government in Taipei.  That achievement is also a milestone in Beijing's ...