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If You Want a Preview of the FOCAC Agenda, Look at What Xi Said During the China-ASEAN Summit

President Xi Jinping spoke on the opening day of the virtual China-ASEAN leaders summit on Monday and laid out a five-point plan that echoes many of the themes that Chinese officials have been hinting will be discussed at the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) ...

Senegalese Government Officials Are Ready to Say 你好 (Hello) to Thousands of Chinese Visitors Attending Next Week’s FOCAC

Dozens of Senegalese officials from throughout the government have completed a Chinese language and culture training program at the University of Dakar's Confucius Institute in preparation for next week's Forum on China-Africa Cooperation conference that will take place next week. The ...

Kenyan Labor Union Calls For Employees of a Chinese State-Owned Contractor to Strike, Police Arrest 5

Members of the Kenya Ceramics Tiles, Wood Ply, and Interiors Designers Workers Union have gone on strike to protest working conditions at construction sites run by the China State Construction Engineering Cooperation (CSCEC). The union submitted a list of 11 grievances (photo) against the company that ...

The Back Story of China’s Most Popular Vlogger in Africa

Wang Yao had lived in East Africa for more than a decade and became increasingly frustrated with the way that Africa was depicted in the Chinese media. When he searched for "Africa" on search engines or social video sites, all he got were the usual memes about ...

China’s Response to Blinken’s Africa Tour: Indifference Mixed With Anger

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued two seemingly contradictory messages on Monday in response to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken's new foreign policy strategy for Africa, which avoided any references to China. The Secretary went out of his way during last week's three-nation African tour ...

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 ...

FOCAC PERSPECTIVES: Appeals For More People-to-People Ties and For Mutual Respect Between Chinese and Africans

Every day leading up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation conference on November 29th and 30th, CAP will feature perspectives from journalists, academics, activists, and business leaders about what they hope will emerge from the FOCAC event in Dakar. If you ...