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Chinese NGOs in Africa are New and Making Some Mistakes but They’re Learning Fast

“Chinese embassy staffs in local countries said we are a non-governmental organization and won’t help us with anything, while many local NGOs and journalists see us as some kind of ‘Chinese government propaganda’ and they’re very rude towards us. It’s so difficult,” said Ms. Zhang, a 50-year-old ...

New Data: The Chinese Government May Claim Credit For COVID-19 Donations but Its the Private Sector That’s Actually Paying For It

The Washington, D.C.-based consultancy RWR Advisory published a set of fascinating new charts that detail China's COVID-19 donation activities over the past couple of months. The firm revealed that although the Chinese government and embassies abroad tend to take credit for donations of PPE and other medical ...

Former U.S. President Barack Obama’s Foundation Sought Out Jack Ma to Work Together on Projects in Africa

Oxford University Senior Research Associate, Folashadé Soulé, noted yesterday that although the U.S. and Chinese governments are currently at odds (that's putting it mildly), trilateral cooperation is nonetheless taking place in Africa between the foundations of two of these countries' most prominent figures. ...

The Optics of Gratitude in Africa

This week we interviewed Miriam Driessen for an upcoming episode of the China in Africa Podcast about her fascinating new book Tales of Hope, Tastes of Bitterness: Chinese Road Builders in Ethiopia. Driessen is an anthropologist and spent years interviewing the Chinese workers employed on massive ...

We Thought We Could Change Africa. We Couldn’t. But Africa Did Change Us.

The following story and video were written collectively by China House Student Fellows Liu Kexuan, 17, from Zhengzhou Number 7 Middle School, Fan Peifeng, 17, from Cape Henry Collegiate and Duan Yige, 17, from Zhengzhou Number 7 Middle School. Together with ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Ethiopia, China and the Future of African Conflict

Ethiopia is giving us a glimpse of a set of dynamics that could come to shape African life in complicated ways. Last week, the Biden administration announced new sanctions aimed at reducing violence in the Tigray region, where conflict between the forces of President Abiy Ahmed and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) have caused massive human rights abuses affecting millions. The sanctions will target all sides of the conflict, including Ethiopia’s ...

A Chinese Youth and His Charity Foundation in Tanzania

A Chinese Youth and His Charity Foundation in Tanzania My name is Bo Sun and I am a Chinese student studying abroad in Reno, Nevada. My father, however, lives and works in Tanzania. During my 2016 Christmas holiday, I visited the ...