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Grappling with African Success

This week saw the second China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo, held in Changsha, the capital of China’s Hunan province. As we’ve covered over the last few years, the city is rapidly emerging as a hub of Africa-China trade. It houses a new cocoa trading facility and is ...

Ethiopia, China and the Future of African Conflict

Ethiopia is giving us a glimpse of a set of dynamics that could come to shape African life in complicated ways. Last week, the Biden administration announced new sanctions aimed at reducing violence in the Tigray region, where conflict between the forces of President Abiy Ahmed and ...

Is China Exporting Authoritarianism Around the World?

The Chinese and U.S. Presidents spoke on the same day this week at the United Nations General Assembly with each offering a different vision for the future. Joe Biden challenged critics who contend that democracy is in retreat while Xi Jinping ...

It’s Time For a More Nuanced Discussion About China

Recently, I caught up by phone with a long-time Chinese friend. The conversation started off friendly enough but soon veered into a heated debate after he accused me of turning from pro-China to anti-China. I met my Chinese friend while I was working at the Chinese embassy’s ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Grappling with African Success

This week saw the second China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo, held in Changsha, the capital of China’s Hunan province. As we’ve covered over the last few years, the city is rapidly emerging as a hub of Africa-China trade. It houses a new cocoa trading facility and is a destination for other African agricultural commodities. As an estimated $16 billion in deals were being signed, African commodities like pepper and butter sold ...

Three Years Since Ghana Signed That Big Bauxite-For-Infrastructure Deal With China and Not One Road Has Been Built Yet

A fierce debate broke out this week in Ghana over the status of the 2018 bauxite-for-infrastructure deal with China and the fact that three years later, not a single road has been built. Opposition MP Cassiel Ato Forson, the ...

What Can the DRC Learn From Ghana’s Experience of Fighting Illegal Chinese Mining Activities?

In the last few weeks, we have witnessed heightened campaigns against illegal mining activities associated with Chinese companies in the Congolese provinces of Ituri and South Kivu. Several Chinese miners were arrested in the far Eastern Ituri province, where it is believed that an unknown number of Chinese ...

Chinese Sources Refute Story That a Chinese National Was Jailed For Insulting the DR Congo’s Mining Minister

Chinese sources in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are challenging reports first published by human rights activist Géorges Kapiamba that Wang Haifang, a Chinese national, was sentenced to three months in jail and fined $500,000 for insulting the Minister of Mines Antoinette N'samba. ...

Ford’s CEO is Unhappy with China and the DRC’s Control Over EV Supply Chain

Ford chief executive Jim Farley said the cost of electric vehicles remains too high, in part because of the cost of importing key raw materials like cobalt from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and relying on batteries made in China. Instead, Farley called for both to ...

Slowly, More Chinese COVID Vaccines Are Landing in Sub-Saharan Africa

China's total vaccine shipments to Africa now total 61.9 million doses (both sold and donated) with more shipments going to sub-Saharan countries including deliveries of more than a million jabs each to Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Although not included in 

Congolese Ministers Deliver Mostly Favorable Report to President on Chinese Infrastructure

Two Congolese ministers delivered a largely upbeat assessment of the status of Chinese infrastructure projects tied to major mining contracts in a key report for President Félix Tshisekedi at the latest cabinet meeting on Friday. Infrastructure and Public ...

Tshisekedi Was the Only African Head of State That Got an Audience With Blinken, China Not on the Agenda

Senior U.S. officials, including President Joe Biden, were surprisingly averse to meeting with African heads of state who were in the United States last week for the United Nations General Assembly meetings in New York.  ...

Prominent Peking U Finance Professor Warns Evergrande Crisis Could Impact China’s Raw Material Suppliers

So far, shock waves from the massive implosion of the $305 billion property development group China Evergrande have not been felt abroad, but that could soon change if the crisis forces Beijing to retrench, warned a leading Peking Univesity finance professor.

Now It’s Huawei That’s in Trouble in the DR Congo

Telecom giant Huawei is now the latest Chinese company to be embroiled in controversy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The company is to appear again in the Gombe Commercial Court in Kinshasa to settle a bitter feud regarding a 2018 judgment against ...

China-Africa Trade Fair Gets Underway in the Central Chinese Province of Hunan

Rwandan President Paul Kagame (photo) was the keynote speaker on Sunday at the kick-off of the four-day China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo in the Hunan provincial capital of Changsha. The expo was also attended by China's most senior foreign policy official, Yang Jiechi, who ...
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