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Chinese Companies’ “Eat Bitter” Management Style Just Doesn’t Work in Africa

Forget debt traps, Huawei ‘back-doors' and vaccine diplomacy. They might be the disputes that define our current polarized moment. But I’m willing to bet they won’t have the staying power of the one – the original – dispute that has haunted Chinese engagement with Africa since the ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Chinese Companies’ “Eat Bitter” Management Style Just Doesn’t Work in Africa

Forget debt traps, Huawei ‘back-doors’ and vaccine diplomacy. They might be the disputes that define our current polarized moment. But I’m willing to bet they won’t have the staying power of the one – the original – dispute that has haunted Chinese engagement with Africa since the late 1990s: labor.

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U.S. Ethnic Cleansing Charges Against Ethiopia and China May Be Helping to Foster Closer Ties Between Addis and Beijing

The U.S. State Department submitted a report to Congress this week that named both Ethiopia and China among a group of countries that commits ethnic cleansing against their own people. The designation has roiled ties between the U.S. and Ethiopia, ...

China’s Xinjiang Coalition Holds as Not a Single African or Muslim Majority Country Signs New Human Rights Statement

China's hard work in compelling African, Middle Eastern, and most other Global South countries to avoid criticizing Beijing on human rights issues in Xinjiang appears to be paying off. On Tuesday, Canada along with 43 other countries submitted a joint statement to the United ...

When Scholars Talk About How Effective China Is at “Elite Capture” in Africa, This Is It What It Looks Like

In her 2020 book "Shaping the Future of Power," Wake Forest University China-Africa scholar Lina Benabdallah showed how China has been extremely effective in so-called "elite capture" among Africa's governing class. As an academic theory, it's intriguing but often hard to visualize.

Ghanaian Lands Minister Assures Chinese Ambassador Rights of Chinese Nationals Arrested in Mining Crackdown Will be Respected

China's ambassador to Ghana, Lu Kun, went to the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry on Friday to express his concern directly to the minister, Samuel Abu Jinapor, about the fate of any Chinese nationals arrested in the ongoing military operation against illegal mining, a practice known ...

Kenyan State Media Features a Full-Throated Denunciation of Western Genocide Claims Against China’s Treatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang

The state-owned Kenya Broadcasting Corporation published a stinging editorial on Wednesday by one of its own journalists, Eric Biegon, that slammed U.S., European and Australian accusations of genocide leveled against China for its treatment of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang. ...

If the U.S. is Going to Criticize China For Human Rights Violations in Xinjiang, Beijing’s South African Envoy is Going to do The Same Over American Police Brutality Against Black People

China's Ambassador to South Africa, Chen Xiaodong, is apparently keen to raise awareness about police brutality against Black people in the United ...

Sudan is the Latest Muslim-Majority Country Where China is Gathering Support for Its Policies in Xinjiang

Chinese ambassador to Sudan Ma Xinmin published a lengthy column in this weekend's Sudanese Voice newspaper to make the case for why "anti-China forces in certain Western countries" are wrong to accuse China of human rights violations in Xinjiang. ...

Human Rights Watch’s Africa Advocacy Director Can’t Understand Why African Leaders Are “Shielding China Over Xinjiang”

Human Rights Watch Africa Advocacy Director Carine Kaneza Nantulya is puzzled as to why African governments are not doing anything to confront China on the mass internment of Uyghur minorities in Xinjiang. She noted in a post on Monday that it's especially ironic that African ...

Key Highlights From Wang Yi’s Six-Nation Tour of the Persian Gulf and Turkey

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi returned home on Sunday after wrapping up a five-day, six-nation tour of the Persian Gulf and Turkey. Wang's visit highlighted the growing importance that Beijing now assigns to its diplomatic ties in the broader MENA arena and its aspirations to play a larger ...

Human Rights, Non-Interference and Trade at the Top of Wang Yi’s Agenda in Saudi Arabia

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi kicked off a week-long six-nation tour of the Persian Gulf and Turkey on Wednesday with a stop in Riyadh, where he met with his Saudi Arabian counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan. Relations between the two countries have ...
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