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China Signals Its Approval of Ethiopian Debt Restructuring Talks

Beijing gave its blessing on Wednesday to the new creditors committee that China's co-chairing with France to overhaul Ethiopia's $30 billion debt. The committee, operating under the auspices of the G20, met for the first time on September 16th and plans ...

Beijing’s Top Diplomat For Africa Reflects on Why It’s So Difficult for China to Change the Negative Media Narrative

China needs to overcome the language barrier and do a better job of its story in Africa, said Beijing's top diplomat for the continent in a keynote address last week at the World Internet Conference in the Zhejiang city of Wuzhen. "One of our ...

Public Diplomacy With Chinese Characteristics

Many observers were caught off guard when Wu Peng, China’s top diplomat for sub-Saharan Africa, publicly condemned Chinese companies engaged in illegal activities in the DRC and announced the intention of the Chinese government to prosecute them at home. However, coming from him, it shouldn’t really be a ...

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 ...

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 ...
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