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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. ...

Online Reaction to Wu’s Tweets Was a Mix of Cautious Optimism and Outright Skepticism

More than a hundred comments were posted in response to the tweet by China's top diplomat for sub-Saharan Africa, Wu Peng, about the Chinese government's decision to prosecute six Chinese mining companies found to be violating the law in the DRC's South Kivu province.  ...

There’s a Lot More Discussion on WeChat About What Chinese Mining Companies Need to Do to Comply With DRC Law

The steadily rising pressure on Chinese mining companies operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo is prompting some very lively discussions on the Chinese social media network WeChat. The discussions focus on giving legal guidance on what Chinese companies need to do to better comply with local ...

The Documentary at the Center of Mounting Congolese Frustration Towards Chinese Mining Companies

One of the key factors behind the recent escalation in tensions between local residents in the eastern DRC and Chinese mining companies can be attributed to the widely-seen investigative television report by Cameroonian journalist Alain Foka. The provocatively ...

Chinese Propaganda Recruits CCP Allies in Kenya’s Ruling Party To Denounce U.S. Claims on COVID Origin

The Chinese Communist Party is turning to its friends in Kenya's ruling Jubilee Party to denounce the U.S.-led accusation that the COVID-19 virus originally leaked from a lab in Wuhan China. Last week, CCTV featured an interview with Jubilee's Secretary-General Raphael Tuju who blasted 

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Which Way is West?

One of the fun aspects of the China-Africa Project is that we don’t always agree. The work of pulling in different perspectives means that how we see reality is itself a negotiation, drawing on our different backgrounds. For example, one of the issues where Eric and I diverge is on whether the concept of The West makes any sense.

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You Knew This Was Going to Happen, Right?

It took less than 24 hours for the coup in Guinea to get sucked into the vortex that is the U.S.-China propaganda duel. China's foremost provocateur (aka "China's greatest internet troll"), Hu Xijin, the editor in chief of the nationalist tabloid newspaper Global ...

People’s Daily Launches Kiswahili Language Website

The People's Daily, China's largest and arguably most important state-run media outlet, launched three new online sites last week including one in Kiswahili, a language spoken widely throughout East Africa. The new site complements an increasingly prominent Chinese media presence in ...

Gauging the Effectiveness of Chinese Soft Power in Africa

It is very difficult, if not impossible, right now to accurately public opinion perceptions of China in a region as large and diverse as Africa. There are strong indications that point in opposite directions. African leaders one after another shower China ...

Another Viral Video of a Chinese Mine Manager Beating a Local Employee Goes Viral… This Time in Rwanda

From Sierra Leone to the DR Congo and now Rwanda, videos of Chinese managers viciously beating local employees is becoming a trend, with new clips appearing on social media channels every few weeks. The ...

Meet Zhou Aile, An Aspiring Chinese Social Media Star From Gabon

Zhou Aile, or Paula as she's known back home in Gabon, first moved to China 13 years ago to study Mandarin. Since then, Zhou, like other ambitious young African expats, has been working hard to make a name for herself as a media personality, especially online where ...
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