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Chinese Mining Company in the DRC “Regrets” Recent Labor Abuse Case Involving Two Soldiers, But Doesn’t Take Responsibility

The Chinese-run mining company at the center of a high-profile controversy over labor abuse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo issued its first response to the videos that went viral last week showing Congolese soldiers brutally whipping a local employee while Chinese managers looked on.

Moroccan Police Arrest Uyghur Activist at China’s Request

34-year old Uyghur activist Yidiresi Aishan is now in Moroccan police custody awaiting likely deportation to China after he was arrested earlier this week at Casablanca's international airport. Police say they were acting on an Interpol Red Notice, the international police group's most wanted list, based on a ...

China’s New Man in Djibouti

China's new ambassador to Djibouti Hu Bin presented his credentials to Foreign Minister Mahmoud Ali Youssouf on Monday.  https://twitter.com/ChineAmbDjibout/status/1419718652463566854?s=19 Hu is the second ...

The Congolese Army Arrests Two Chinese and Two of Its Own Soldiers For the Brutal Beating of Mining Workers

The Armed Forces of the DR Congo (FARDC) took swift action this weekend against two of its own soldiers and a pair of Chinese nationals for their involvement in the recent violent beating of local artisanal miners. The incident took place ...

NGO Report: DRC is the “Loser” in the Sicomines Mega-Mining Deal With China

The DR Congo will be saddled with debt and poor quality infrastructure as a result of the faulty 2008 deal between the state-run mining company Gecamines and a consortium of Chinese investors, according to a new report by the Kinshasa-based NGO African Resources Watch ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The West’s Ignorance About What China’s Doing in Africa is a Feature Not a Bug

Those of us who concentrate on Africa-China relations have long warned that the current framing of the relationship as a zero-sum arena in a new cold war strips African states of agency.The problem isn’t only that it flattens the complex compromises African leaders have to make to meet development goals as financing options keep shrinking. It is also that it creates echo chambers in Washington, Beijing, and Brussels that make ...

Why the Neocolonialism Story Will Never Die

The revelation of what appears to be massive illegal Chinese gold mining and logging operations in rural Sierra Leone could open a contentious new front in Africa-China conversations. Or more accurately, it could revivify one of the ur-themes underlying the whole relationship: the idea that China is a ...

Ghanaian Wife of Deported Chinese Miner Pleads For High Court to Reconsider Its Verdict

The 27-year old wife (photo) of one of the four Chinese miners who was sentenced this week for illegal mining, immigration violations and weapons charges is pleading with the High Court in the southern Ghanaian city of Kumasi to reverse its decision to deport her husband.

Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama Defends Twitter Ban, Denies Knowledge of Talks With China to Build Firewall

Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama spoke out in defense of the government's decision last week to ban Twitter, claiming the move was intended to protect the country's sovereignty and national security. The Foreign Minister made the remarks during a press conference that followed closed-door ...

Report: Asian, African Countries Block Access to Social Media More Than Any Other Regions

Nigeria's decision to ban Twitter last week is just the latest example of how access to social media platforms in Africa is narrowing, according to a new report by the Virtual Private Network company Surf Shark. They report that 30 countries across the continent have ...

Report: Nigerian Government In Contact With Chinese Cyber Authorities Over How to Build New Internet Firewall

Less than 24 hours after the Nigerian government announced that it would impose a ban on Twitter, officials in President Muhammadu Buhari's office reportedly made contact with the  Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) to discuss how to implement a Chinese-style firewall in Nigeria, according to ...
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