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Jack Ma’s Disappearance Is a Setback For Chinese Soft Power in Africa

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi is in Africa at the moment. It has become a multi-decade tradition that the FM's first foreign trip of the year is always to Africa. These trips are arguably less important for what they achieve (although announcements of new deals frequently follow) ...

New Chinese Drama Series and Documentaries Now on Chadian National TV

Beginning today, television audiences in Chad will be able to watch new Chinese drama series and documentaries nationally on Electron TV. The Chinese embassy in N'Djamena invited Chadians to tune in and watch the shows to "get to ...

Upcoming China-Africa Media Forum Highlights a Key Component of China’s Soft Power Diplomacy

The Chinese and Kenyan governments will hold a media conference next week in Nairobi that's part of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) action plan. While a lot of U.S. and European observers dismiss these kinds of events as mere propaganda exercises, they're often enthusiastically embraced by ...

With a Golden Boot on Her Foot, Barbara Banda Returns Home From China as a Star

20-year old Women's Chinese League sensation Barbara Banda returned home to Zambia last week where she was greeted as a genuine star after winning the Golden Boot, the league's most valuable player award. Banda trained with the Lusaka Dynamos Ladies FC as ...

China’s Rebuilding of TV Stations in Africa is a Great Way of Ensuring Long-term Positive Media Coverage

China's ambassador to Liberia, Ren Yisheng, toured the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) facility in Monrovia last week to inspect a $52 million upgrade to the channel that Beijing is funding. Part of the work being done is to facilitate LBS' transition from analog to digital ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

How Will Biden Shake Up Africa Relations? Let’s Watch

Tomorrow, the whole world’s eyes will be on the inauguration of Joe Biden. Stepping into a moment of unprecedented domestic crisis, he will probably have relatively little bandwidth for Africa. Indications are that the Biden administration plans to steer away from the Trump era’s unilateralism. While the incoming Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs hasn’t been confirmed yet, many State Department appointments have been filled by veterans from the Obama era. ...

African Women Shine in the Chinese Super League

For the second year in a row, the Women's Chinese Super League (WCSL), China's professional soccer league, awarded its top prize to an African player. 20-year old Zambian forward Barbara Banda took home the Golden Boot this week thanks to an impressive 18-goal season with ...

Congolese Forward Cédric Bakambu Becomes Beijing Guoan’s All-Time Scoring Leader

After he scored his 50th goal on Monday, Congolese forward Cédric Bakambu became the all-time scoring leader for Beijing Guoan in the Chinese Super League. The Chinese embassy in Kinshasa noted the achievement on Twitter.

StarTimes’ African Voice Actors Are the Newest Faces of Chinese Soft Power

The hugely popular Chinese-owned African pay-TV service StarTimes has always tried to put some distance between itself and the Chinese government, reminding anyone who asks that it is a private enterprise. Regardless of its status, the company is nonetheless a powerful ...

African Athletes Emerge as Superstars in Chinese Soccer and Basketball Leagues

There's been a surge of media coverage in recent days about African athletes, mostly soccer players, in China. Both the men's and women's Chinese Super Leagues have spent big money in recent years to lure top-level talent from Africa and now those investments are starting to pay ...

China-Africa Relations in 2020: Perceptions and Realities

Just by looking at social media and news coverage in countries like Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, it would be safe to assume that China-Africa ties are in serious trouble. The prevailing narrative in many countries is one where Africa is ...
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