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Ethiopia Seeks to Follow China’s Example By Creating Its Own Social Media Apps as Alternatives to Facebook and Twitter

China's nationalist model of cyber sovereignty received another endorsement in Africa on Monday when Ethiopian officials unveiled new ambitions to "replace" U.S.-made social media and communications apps with local versions that can be regulated and censored.

Yet Another Social Media Video Revealing Tensions Between Chinese and Congolese Miners

In what's becoming an increasingly frequent pattern, another video appeared online on Sunday showing a heated exchange between a Chinese and Congolese miner. The video that is now circulating widely on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube does not provide a lot of contextual information as to ...

Barbados PM Pushes Back on BBC Journalist About China’s Growing Investments in the Caribbean

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley took exception to questions posed by BBC journalist Zeinab Badawi in a recent interview for the program Global Questions that the Caribbean country is at risk of becoming a "pawn" of China due to rising investment. Even ...

Thierry Pairault on What China Really Wants From Africa

French media and scholars have long struggled to understand the nature of Chinese engagement in Africa, often framing the issue in the context of their own brutal colonial past on the continent. Much of the discourse on the topic in France is whether China is the "new ...

Chinese Diplomats in Africa Are Increasingly Using Their Twitter Accounts to Amplify Anti-U.S. Propaganda

Ambassador Chen Xiaodong in Pretoria is among China's most senior and high-profile diplomats in Africa. Like many of his peers across the continent, he's turning to Twitter to relay anti-U.S. propaganda produced by Chinese state media. On Tuesday, ...

Chinese Expats in Ghana Are Getting Lured Into Currency Exchange Scams on WeChat

Scammers in China are now targeting overseas Chinese in Ghana through currency exchange scams on WeChat. Swapping currencies on WeChat is a common practice for Chinese expatriates in Africa. Here's how it works: 1) The scammers ...

Mounting Anger in the DRC Following New Videos of Apparent Illegal Chinese Mining

For the past several weeks, there's been a noticeable increase in the number of videos and photos published on Congolese social media channels fuelling mounting public anger over Chinese labor and environmental practices in the mining sector. Two videos, in particular, ...

Africa’s Largest Bank Is Positioning Itself as a Turn-Key China-Africa Trade Agent

Standard Bank's Zambian unit wants farmers to know they're a one-stop-shop to import equipment and other agricultural materials from China. Stanbic Bank Zambia, more than almost any other major financial institution on the continent, is working to position ...

Ambassador: More Chinese FDI Going to the DR Congo Than Anywhere Else in Africa

Chinese companies have invested $176 million dollars in the DR Congo during the first half of this year, more than any other country in Africa, according to Ambassador Zhu Jing. That's basically the only takeaway from Ambassador Zhu's ...

Photo of DRC Soldiers Helping Chinese Small-Scale Miners Sparks Widespread Outrage on Congolese Social Media

This image has been circulating widely on Congolese Twitter for the past 24 hours. It shows Chinese miners working together with DRC army soldiers (FARDC) in what appears to be a form of small-scale mining in the town Bunia in the far eastern province ...
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