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Huawei’s Training Session in Mozambique Highlights Three Important Trends

China's ambassador to Mozambique, Wang Hejun, personally handed out certificates of completion on Monday to dozens of local government officials who finished a technology training course led by tech giant Huawei. This particular program was unexceptional in that it's just one ...

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 ...

FOCAC PERSPECTIVES: Because of Everything That’s Going on in the World Today, Africa Will Actually Have More Leverage at FOCAC

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 ...

Up and Coming Leader in Namibia’s Ruling Party is Now Studying Political Science at Peking University

Armas Amukwiyu, a rising star in Namibia's ruling SWAPO party took some time off from his day job doing political organizing in the northern Oshikoto region to go to Beijing to study politics at China's most prestigious university. Amukwiyu is in Beijing now ...

New CSIS Report Compares U.S. and Chinese Military Engagement in Africa

While the number of senior Chinese political officials who visit Africa every year far outpaces those from the United States, it's a very different story when it comes to military visits and overall engagement.  In fact, "Beijing’s observable interactions with current ...

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 ...

Hunan Provincial Authorities Provide Film & Media Training to 65 Journalists From Across Francophone Africa

Media companies and government officials from China's central Hunan province are in the midst of a two-week training program for French-speaking journalists from across Africa, including 20 from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and others from Senegal, Cameroon, and Gabon among other countries. ...

The U.S. Tries to Repackage What’s Effectively a Zoom Call Into Secretary Antony Blinken’s “Virtual Travel to Africa”

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will "embark on his first virtual trip to Africa" on Tuesday as part of an effort to reach out with young people in Kenya and Nigeria. Even though the State Department ...

New Independent China-Africa Think Tank Opens in Ghana

Two years after it was founded, a new Ghana-based China-Africa research center launched on Tuesday with a virtual ceremony. The Afro-Sino Centre of International Relations is an Accra-based think tank that aims to provide policymakers, scholars, and the public with critical analysis on contemporary issues in China-Africa ...

The Central Chinese Province of Hunan is Now a Major Hub For China-Africa Engagement

When most people think about the major centers of Sino-Africa engagement, cities like Guangzhou and Beijing tend to come to mind first. How about Changsha? Well, not so much. But if you're not familiar with what's going on in Changsha and ...

The Reality of Educational Soft Power

Last week was a bloody one in Johannesburg. Wits University, where I used to teach and where I’m currently an affiliate, has seen weeks of student protests. On Wednesday, a standoff turned violent. As the police opened fire with rubber bullets, a bystander stepped out of a ...
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