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Lightning Round: U.S. Summits, Huawei and Chinese Mining in the DRC

In this Lightning Round edition of the show, CAP Managing Editor Cobus van Staden and CAP Francophone Editor Geraud Neema break down three of the week's big stories. First, Cobus explains why African leaders would ...

Chinese Spox Angrily Responds to U.S. Assertion African Governments Put Sovereignty at Risk When Using Huawei

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian used especially pointed language during Monday's regular press briefing in Beijing to denounce U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman's recent warning to Angola and other African governments not to use equipment made by Huawei.

Chinese Lending to Africa Isn’t Ending, But It Is Changing: Here’s How

The Wire China recently interviewed Deborah Brautigam, one of the world’s leading experts on Chinese lending to Africa. In their wide-ranging conversation, Brautigam referred to a few emerging trends of how Chinese financing is shifting: Deborah Brautigam on ...

Angola to Set Up Police Station Serving Chinese Community

The Government of Angola will set up a police station to serve the Chinatown district of its capital Luanda, announced José Bamoquina Zuwu, Angola’s Interior Minister. He made the announcement during a rare visit to the Chinese neighborhood.

Angolan Logistics Management Tender Will Increase Chinese Influence

The Angolan government is currently deciding which of two China-linked consortiums will manage a transport link that could significantly speed up shipments of strategic minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The corridor includes the Chinese-built 1,344 km Benguela rail line ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Q&A: Africa’s Role in China’s Global Military Expansion – Defense Expert Unpacks a Thorny Issue

The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral John Aquilino, on Tuesday added to the growing alarm in Washington DC defense circles about the global reach of China’s military. 

Speaking in front of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, Aquilino said China is building capacity to seize Taiwan, and: “The PRC also seeks to establish a network of overseas military installations that would extend its reach, allowing support for an increasingly ...

New Trends in Chinese Overseas Development Finance

In less than six years, China's financing of overseas energy projects in the Global South plunged from $35 billion to zero, according to new data released this week from Boston University's Global Development Policy Center. BU's findings mirror a broader pullback ...

Chinese Motorcycle Factory Opens in Angola

A new Chinese motorcycle factory has kicked off in Angola, one of several new automotive ventures in African countries. The Chinese state-owned heave vehicle company Sinotruk announced a new $20 million assembly line in Tanzania, while China's First Automotive Works (FAW) has also started producing trucks in ...

Chinese Businesses Grapple With Violence, Crime in South Africa and Angola

Foreign-owned businesses in the northwestern South African city of Witbank (aka Emalahleni City) have been closed all week in response to street protests against a Chinese-owned supermarket.  On Monday, a family entered the store when the father got into some kind of ...

Almost 2/3 of Africa’s Exports to China Last Year Came From Just Three Countries

The highly distorted nature of China-Africa trade in 2021 was the subject of a series of compelling charts and infographics published on Tuesday by the online financial news site Quartz. African exports, in particular, stood out. Only three ...

6-Day China-Africa Great Lakes Import Expo Concludes in Wuxi

A 6-day convention aimed at promoting trade between China and countries surrounding the Great Lakes region in southeastern Africa wrapped up on Thursday in Wuxi. In all, representatives from 12 African states took part in the event in eastern China, including countries like Angola that are not ...
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