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Star Power Boosts Rwandan Coffee in Online Sales Session

The famous Chinese actress Liu Tao recently hosted a live sale of Rwandan coffee on Alibaba’s e-commerce website Taobao. She sold 500kg of coffee beans in 5 minutes. It usually takes two to three months to sell that much on e-commerce sites. ...

Chinese Troops in Djibouti Compete in a Military Skills Competition (That Also Made For a Cool Music Video)

Chinese troops in Djibouti recently (they didn't specify precisely when) held the "East African Warriors" military skills competition and leveraged the event to make a Wolf Warrior II-style music video that was no doubt a big hit among viewers back home. ...

A Small African Trade Show in China Highlights Some Very Big Trends

The "Quality African Goods" (非洲好物) shopping festival kicked off on Thursday as part of a larger two-week e-commerce bonanza organized by a group of provincial governments together with China's Ministry of Commerce. The African portion of the event is relatively small ...

Egyptian Dairy Company Forced to Cancel Controversial TV Commercial Featuring Angry Chinese Boss

The Egyptian dairy company Green Land took down its new TV commercial this week for its spreadable cheese product that featured an angry Chinese boss berating his local employees for choosing to eat a snack rather than get back to work. The spot sparked immediate outrage in ...

Nairobi Expressway Will Be the Setting for This Year’s Nairobi City Marathon

Amid excitement and controversy, Kenya is celebrating the opening of its new Nairobi Expressway in the most Kenyan way possible: by running a marathon. It was recently announced that the new Chinese-built highway will be the scenic setting for ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Q&A: Africa’s Role in China’s Global Military Expansion – Defense Expert Unpacks a Thorny Issue

The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral John Aquilino, on Tuesday added to the growing alarm in Washington DC defense circles about the global reach of China’s military. 

Speaking in front of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, Aquilino said China is building capacity to seize Taiwan, and: “The PRC also seeks to establish a network of overseas military installations that would extend its reach, allowing support for an increasingly ...

Chinese Mining Boss Gets 20 Years for Whipping Rwandan Worker

A Rwandan court sentenced a Chinese businessman to twenty years in prison for beating two employees. A video clip showing Sun Shujun using a rope to beat a man tied to a wooden post as other workers looked on went viral last year, sparking ...

Rwandan Court’s Prison Sentence for Chinese Mining Boss Sparks Passionate Response Online

The Karongi Intermediate Court in Rwanda's decision to hand down a hefty prison sentence on Tuesday to Chinese mining boss Sun Shujun for brutally beating his employees sparked an outpouring of emotion online. "The Chinese are there mining the minerals and stealing ...

DRC Military Officials Are Learning Chinese

The Congolese Military Language Institute will set up a Confucius Institute classroom to help soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo to learn Chinese. This follows a recent announcement that the Sudanese army is also implementing the teaching of Mandarin. ...

Nairobi Expressway Causes Controversies Amid Excitement

Even as Nairobi residents are buzzing with excitement about their new expressway, which will shave hours off cross-city commutes, the Chinese-built project is also raising popular jitters. Two recent controversies have highlighted the anxieties the project is raising about Chinese influence ...

Sudan’s First Confucius Institute Strengthens Military Ties

The Sudanese army is going to learn to speak Chinese! Well, at least a small contingent will. This follows the opening of the country’s first Confucius Institute at the University of Khartoum this week. The CI’s inaugural class will be made ...
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