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CNN Ran a Story on Big Tech Expanding in Africa That Didn’t Mention a Single Chinese or European Company

CNN International broadcast a report over the weekend purportedly about "how big tech is expanding in Africa" yet the story only mentioned five major U.S. tech companies and not one from either Europe or Asia. This is somewhat odd given that ...

Maybe Antony Blinken Thinks China Uses Debt Traps in Africa After Reading Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal

It's not surprising that a lot of people, including the U.S. Secretary of State, remain mistaken in their belief that the Chinese seize physical assets in the event of a loan default, given that it continues to appear in news reports -- including ...

VOA Report Criticizes Chinese Vaccines Using Many of the Same Propaganda Tactics That Chinese Used to Point Out Flaws in U.S. Jabs

There was widespread outrage in the U.S. last year when Chinese propaganda outlets and Foreign Ministry spokespeople issued false claims and sowed doubts over the safety of Pfizer vaccines. Now, it appears that the U.S. government-owned media is doing something similar, with poorly reported ...

Africa Check (Again) Tries to Debunk Misperceptions About Nigeria’s Debts to China

Concerns over Chinese debt sustainability in Nigeria have resurfaced recently due to the government's jump-starting the construction of a $5.3 billion standard gauge railway that will be built and financed through concessional lending by the Chinese government.  Also, a ...

Beware of the Chinese Chicken Trope in Zambia

A fascinating on-air skirmish broke out on the FRANCE 24 talk show The Debate last week during a conversation over Chinese investment and influence in Zambia. One of the show's guests, acclaimed China-Zambia scholar Solange Guo Chatelard took the network's correspondent, Nicolas Germain, to task for referencing ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Reading the Smoke

As things slowly settle down in South Africa after the last ruinous week, the debates about who’s really to blame are catching fire. It’s now being called an insurrection attempt, and President Ramaphosa has referred to those responsible for fueling the protests as ‘enemies of democracy.’ One of the problems underlying the current crisis is that he’s both right and wrong. South Africa is indeed, as Ramaphosa called it, a ‘hard-fought-for democracy.’ ...

High Profile Kenyan TV Anchor Leaves KTN For China’s CGTN Africa

KTN news presenter Grace Kuria announced on air over the weekend that she'll be leaving the network. Although she didn't say what she's going to do next, Pulse Kenya reports she'll soon join CGTN Africa at the Chinese channel's regional headquarters in Nairobi.

Wang Yi Gets To Enjoy the Luxury of Staying on Message

Wang Yi is on the road again after his week-long visit to Africa wrapped up on Saturday in The Seychelles. The Chinese foreign minister flew back to Beijing from the tiny island state in the Indian Ocean, only to embark the next day on yet another week-long ...

Conflict in Ethiopia Adds to Uncertainty Over the Stability of Chinese Investments in the Country

Veteran China journalist Mark K. Magsted's documentary podcast series "On China's Silk Road" featured an in-depth analysis in its latest episode, posted on Friday, about Chinese investments in Ethiopia and the new risks presented by the conflict in the Tigray region: ...

Q&A: What’s It Like to be Black in China?

After the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests across the United States, Chinese multimedia journalist Daisy Xu wanted to find out more about how her compatriots regard Black people in China. This is an especially poignant issue ...

Kenya’s Health Chief Denies Accusation Jack Ma’s Donated PPE Was Illegally Smuggled to Tanzania

Kenya's Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe came under fire on Monday from members of a parliamentary health committee, who demanded that he respond to allegations that the bulk of PPE donations given by the Jack Ma Foundation in March were illegally smuggled to neighboring ...
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