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Rwandan Whipping Incident Reverberates Through Africa-China Relationship

The China-Africa news discussion was consumed this week by the news that a Chinese mining boss was sentenced by a Rwandan court to twenty years in prison for whipping an employee. The incident can’t be separated from its media afterlife. ...

Illegal Fishing, Human Rights Abuses Rampant Aboard China’s Distant Fishing Trawlers in SE Asia and Africa, Says NGO

There are new allegations of widespread environmental abuses and human rights violations committed by crews aboard China's distant water fishing fleet operating in Southeast Asia and West Africa in particular. A new report by the UK-based NGO ...

Human Rights in a New Geopolitical Order

China’s abstention from the UN vote to condemn Russia's invasion of Ukraine, together with India and almost half of Africa, was a reminder that despite all the pro-Ukraine sentiment on Western social media, the global bulwark against Russia is pretty leaky. Rama Yade, the Senegalese-born former French ...

New Documentary Reveals Widespread Abuse of Local Workers by Chinese Construction Company in Lesotho

An investigation by the independent, non-partisan MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism in Lesotho uncovered widespread abuse by Chinese managers at the multinational Chinese construction company CNQC (中国青建) working in the small southern African country. Workers said a lack of any oversight ...

The Optics of the High-Level U.S. Delegation Visit to Equatorial Guinea Are Bad, Really Really Bad

When U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Molly Phee met with Equatorial Guinean President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo last week at the Presidential Palace in Malabo to try and put a stop to the building of a Chinese military base in the West African country, she ...

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 ...

HRW: Saudi Arabia Preparing to Deport Two Uyghur Men Back to China

Two Uyghur exiles currently jailed in Saudi Arabia have reportedly been told to prepare for their deportation back to China, according to a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW). It's not clear if HRW issued the statement about Nurmemet Rozi (Nuermaimaiti on his Chinese passport) ...

2022 Marks a New Era in U.S.-Ethiopia Ties and an Important Opening for China

The United States followed through with its pledge to strip Ethiopia of its trade privileges under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) in response to "gross violations of internationally recognized human rights." The U.S. Trade Representative announced on Saturday that Ethiopia, together ...

Congolese Workers Face “Dire Conditions” in Foreign-Owned Cobalt Mines, Says NGO

DR Congo's cobalt mining sector is notorious for worker abuse and exploitation. Until now, most of the focus has been on the informal, or artisanal mines where there is no government or corporate oversight, and the presence of child laborers has been well-documented over the years.

The Colonial Connection to Chinese Labor Disputes in Africa

The last year or so has seen a constant drip-drip-drip of social media videos showing Chinese managers abusing African workers. The trend has understandably cast a harsh light on Africa-China labor relations. To my mind, the resultant framing of Chinese labor practices in Africa as neo-colonial is ...

Sicomines Wanted a Dialogue With Congolese Labor Advocates… And They Sure Got an Earful

The management at the embattled Sino-Congolese mining company Sicomines reached out to local labor activists for a dialogue about the working conditions at the Chinese-run joint venture.  They got an earful last week, particularly from labor advocate Don ...
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