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How a Chinese Vlogger is Challenging Stereotypes About Africa One Video at a Time

The classic stereotypes about Africa are widespread in China where, like elsewhere, many peoples' perceptions about Africa mirrors the outdated, offensive caricatures that are commonplace in mainstream media. Just as in the West, Africa for many, if not most people, is a place of war, despair, disease, ...

Tanzania To Open New Consulate in Guangzhou

Tanzania plans to expand its diplomatic presence in China with the opening of a new consulate in the southern city of Guangzhou.  In his announcement on Friday, Ambassador Mbelwa Kairuki said the focus of the new mission will ...

Madagascar’s Military Will Soon Learn to Say 你好 (Hello)

Officials in Madagascar's Ministry of Defense will soon have the chance to study Mandarin thanks to a new program set up by the embassy's new military office in Antananarivo. The objective of the course is to facilitate "broader, smoother and sounder communication" between the two militaries.

A Young Chinese Expat Reflects on What’s She Learned After Six Years of Living in Namibia

Chinese expatriate life in Africa is often seen as a mystery to outsiders due to the significant cultural and linguistic barriers that get in the way of closer ties. Like many immigrant populations around the world, Chinese residents in Africa often live in tight-knit communities that are ...

Chinese Beverage Brand Gante Thinks African Basketball Fans Will Want to Buy Its “Hundred Year Old” Bottled Water

Uganda upset Nigeria on Wednesday to move on to the quarterfinals of the AfroBasket 2021 tournament in Kigali... equally interesting, though, at the game were ads for the Chinese beverage brand Ganten and its 百岁山 (Hundred Year Old) bottled water brand that were on ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Which Way is West?

One of the fun aspects of the China-Africa Project is that we don’t always agree. The work of pulling in different perspectives means that how we see reality is itself a negotiation, drawing on our different backgrounds. For example, one of the issues where Eric and I diverge is on whether the concept of The West makes any sense.

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Translation: Wu Jiangtao’s Lesson For Other Chinese Entrepreneurs in Africa

Editor's Note: the following is a summary translation of an article posted on the African Research Group's (微信公众号 非洲研究小组) WeChat channel. Minor edits and slight adjustments to the translation have been done to enhance clarity. Please click here to view the original version of the article ...

A Kenyan MP Reflects On What Achieving Real “Win-Win” Ties With China Will Take

With the triennial Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Summit coming up next month in Dakar, there's growing public discussion about how African stakeholders can achieve a more equitable arrangement with China. There's a sense in many quarters, that two decades into China's ...

TRANSLATION: My Kenyan Employee Who Just Disappeared

The following is a translation of an article published on the Bobu Africa (波布非洲 )WeChat page on July 20, 2021. The purpose of translations like this is to provide English language readers with a more informed understanding of the civil society discourse about China-Africa relations that is ...

African Food Bloggers Are Finding Large Audiences Live Streaming on Chinese Social Media

The following article is a summary of a longer version of this story by Shu Xiong (薯熊) that was published on the 公路商店's WeChat channel. The original, Chinese-language article is available here. From Rwanda to Guinea, from the Democratic Republic ...

Zambia’s Amazing Come From Behind Draw Against China at the Olympics

If you didn't catch last week's Zambia-China women's soccer face-off at the Olympics in Tokyo then you missed what will no doubt go down as one of the greatest matches of the games. Going into the match, China was expected to ...
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