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Everywhere You Look in the DR Congo, Chinese Entities Are Suddenly Getting a Lot of Good Press

A noticeable increase in positive media coverage about Chinese companies and government-backed development projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that began last week is showing no signs of abating, with leading news outlets publishing a stream of favorable stories. ...

Meet Wang Yao, Entrepreneur, Vlogger, and a Guy Who Looks Like He’s Living His Best Life in Kenya

Wang Yao 王垚 is a truly unique character who's not only built a hugely successful second-hand clothing business in Kenya but has also become a celebrity on Chinese social media platforms where he now has almost 5 million followers. Wang first came ...

Chinese Mining Companies in the DRC Ramp Up Efforts To Showcase Infrastructure Development

Chinese mining companies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are responding to allegations they haven't fulfilled their obligation to build infrastructure in the country with an increasingly high profile PR effort on social media and in the DRC news media. ...

While Chinese Media Coverage of the Contract Controversy in the DRC Parrots the Party Line, Commentators Have a Different Opinion

The hyper-nationalist online news site Guancha (观察者)is among the few Chinese media outlets that features somewhat regular coverage of the ongoing contract review controversy between Chinese mining companies and the DRC government. While the site's reporting fully aligns with the official ...

The Number of Chinese Diplomatic Missions in Africa That Are on Twitter is Growing

The Chinese embassy in Rwanda is the latest Chinese diplomatic mission in Africa to open a new Twitter account. The Kigali embassy is now the 50th official Twitter account on the continent.  Click here ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Ethiopia, China and the Future of African Conflict

Ethiopia is giving us a glimpse of a set of dynamics that could come to shape African life in complicated ways. Last week, the Biden administration announced new sanctions aimed at reducing violence in the Tigray region, where conflict between the forces of President Abiy Ahmed and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) have caused massive human rights abuses affecting millions. The sanctions will target all sides of the conflict, including Ethiopia’s ...

Message Point: The “Infrastructure-for-Minerals” Package Cooperation Between China and the DRC”

When China faces intense public pressure, as was the case last year following the Guangzhou discrimination crisis and now in the DRC over mining contracts, Chinese representatives often take much longer to respond than other governments do under similar circumstances. 

China’s Ambassador to DRC Gets Into Online Spat With Former Trump Administration Official

For the past few days, a low-grade Twitter feud has been going on between China's ambassador to the DRC, Zhu Jing, and J. Peter Pham, a former U.S. special envoy to the Sahel during the Trump administration and now a fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based think tank ...

Chinese Stakeholders in the DR Congo Go On the Offensive in a Bid To Change the Narrative

Chinese mining interests in the DR Congo are now pushing back aggressively against the perception that they are unfairly exploit Congo's natural resources through unfair contracts, avoiding taxes, and not fulfilling corporate social responsibility commitments. The companies, many of which are ...

How a Chinese Vlogger is Challenging Stereotypes About Africa One Video at a Time

The classic stereotypes about Africa are widespread in China where, like elsewhere, many peoples' perceptions about Africa mirrors the outdated, offensive caricatures that are commonplace in mainstream media. Just as in the West, Africa for many, if not most people, is a place of war, despair, disease, ...

5 Lessons for China from the U.S. Failure in Afghanistan

Chinese foreign policy think tank scholars have been studying what led to the dramatic collapse of the U.S. campaign in Afghanistan, which culminated last month with the fall of the government and the hasty evacuation of tens of thousands of people. ...
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