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The Rare News Interview with a Chinese Ambassador in Africa

Chinese ambassadors in Africa rarely grant one-on-one interviews with international journalists. But that's starting to change now, particularly as a few Chinese envoys are making themselves more accessible to the press and on social media platforms like Twitter. ...

Tweet of the Day: Can U.S. and EU Tech Companies Catch Up With Chinese Rivals in Africa? Probably Not.

Nigerian commentator reflected on yesterday's third-quarter market data figures published by International Data Corporation that revealed Shenzhen-based Transsion's near-total dominance of the African mobile phone market. The Chinese company is the leading ...

While Jack Ma’s Newfound Interest in Africa is Widely Celebrated, Howard French Isn’t So Thrilled

Former Alibaba CEO Jack Ma has been the rage recently for his recent Netpreneur Competition that took place two weeks ago in Ghana and more broadly for his declared commitment to supporting African technology entrepreneurs. Ma has been universally praised for his philanthropic venture in Africa. 

Tweet of the Day: Ambassador Lin Songtian Engages South African Environmental Journalist on Twitter About the Fate of Baby Elephants Sent From Zimbabwe to China

China's outspoken ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, took his new Twitter account to respond to directly to criticism about the recent sale of 30 baby ...

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Opens Twitter Account Ushering in New Era of “Twitplomacy”

Following the lead of a number of its ambassadors and embassies in Africa, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched a new Twitter account on Monday as part of a more assertive effort by Beijing to "re-shape the narrative" as to how Chinese ...

Tweet of the Day: Not Everyone On Board With Idea That China’s Military Presence in Africa Poses a Threat

Popular Nigerian commentator Onye Nkuzi took issue with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg's comments yesterday that referenced China's growing military footprint in Africa as a potential threat to the western military alliance. Stoltenberg's comments regarding the Chinese in Africa were very quick in passing but Nkuzi's reaction highlights the ...

If First Lady Aisha Buhari is so Keen to Follow China’s Example, Then Why Not Go All the Way, Suggests Nigeria’s Twitterverse

First Lady's Aisha Buhari's endorsement of the controversial social media and her comparison with internet control in China provoked a passionate response on Twitter. Accountant Obinna Nwosu's tweet suggesting other ways Nigeria can follow China's example received more than 1,500 likes and hundreds of retweets.

Growing Outrage in Nigeria Over Social Media Bill and First Lady’s Suggestion to Emulate China

Anger is mounting in Nigeria over the prospect of a Chinese-style social media bill that would regulate speech on the Internet. Activists turned to Twitter to vent their frustration over the bill and last week's comments by First Lady Aisha Buhari who suggested that if China can ...

The Growing Number of Ways Chinese Propaganda Filters Into Mainstream African Media

The number of ways that Chinese propaganda filters into mainstream African news coverage appear to be growing. In this case, the website for The Standard newspaper in Kenya published an article last week that appropriately labeled the article as "Sponsored Content" but never ...

China’s Deputy Ambassador to Zimbabwe’s Weekend Visit to The Zimbabwe Herald Newsroom Highlights Deepening Media Ties in Africa

China's Deputy Ambassador in Harare, Zhao Baogang, stopped by the newsroom of the state-owned newspaper The Herald to meet with Editor Caesar Zvayi. That same day, the newspaper published an editorial that elevated China-Zimbabwe relations from "All-Weather Friends" to "Cast ...
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