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If the Oil Tanker That Ran Aground in Mauritius Was Chinese, the News Coverage Would Likely Be Very Different

Journalist and University of London China-Africa scholar, Hangwei Li, noted how apolitical the coverage of the devastating oil spill that's occurred off the coast of Mauritius. Li pointed out that almost none of the international news coverage of the wreck mentioned the ship's country ...

China: The Hot Button Domestic Political Issue in African Countries

China is fast becoming a contentious political issue in a growing number of African countries, just as in the U.S., Europe, and in most countries here in Asia. Political rivals find that it's becoming increasingly effective to disparage their opponents' ties to Beijing as a ...

Why the Lack of Chinese Transparency Undermines Trust in Kenya’s Sustainable Development

We were inching along Ngong Road, one of the major roads in Kenya that links Nairobi to Ngong town. Even at 3 in the afternoon, the traffic leading out of the capital was packed with commuters. Street-hawkers use this slowness to their advantage, going from window to ...

Potential for Dairy-led Development Cooperation Between China and Africa

Blue skies and cows grazing on pristine green pastures. Smiling celebrities. Cultural heritage sites and healthy lifestyle motifs. Milk products with these images fly off the shelves in China. It’ s ultra-high temperature (UHT) long-life milk, stocking refrigerators and stacked room ...

What Is Chinese “Constructive Journalism” and Will It Work in Africa?

The Chinese definition of journalism is significantly different than that in most of Africa and for much of the rest of the world. Most importantly, the news media in China is tightly controlled by the communist party and, as such, is ...

Fishing Emerges as the Newest Flashpoint in the U.S.-China Standoff

The presence of China's distant water fishing (DWF) fleet in so many areas around the world made it almost inevitable that this too would become a point of contention in the increasingly acrimonious stand-off between the United States and China. Earlier ...

New Extra Large Ports and Cargo Ships Put Guinea Squarely in the Middle of the China-Australia Political Dispute

Ports in China's Shandong and Fujian provinces will soon open four new berths that will be able to accommodate the super-large bulk vessels known as "Chinamax." This new port capability combined with these massive bulk carriers is prompting some analysts to focus more attention on the vast ...

W. Gyude Moore: Africa’s Position in the New “Cold War”

Former Liberian Minister of Public Works and now a Senior Policy Fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington, W. Gyude Moore, wrote a compelling 10-part Twitter thread on why African countries are strenuously avoiding taking sides in the rapidly escalating dispute between the ...

Kenya Says Companies, Not the Government Decides Whether to Use Huawei 5G Tech

Kenyan ICT Minister Joe Mucheru said it's up to telecom operator Safaricom, not the government, to decide whether or not to use Huawei equipment. Mucheru once again asserted his country's sovereignty in the decision over which technology provider to use for telecom equipment and said there are no ...

Kenya’s Dependence on China Brings Good News and Bad News for the Economy

The Kenyan government released a pair of statistics yesterday that highlights the country's close interdependence with China and, for better and for worse, how that impacts the economy.  China Simultaneously Helps and Hurts the Kenyan Economy
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