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One of Africa’s Largest Telecom Operators Sends Clear Message to the U.S. About Huawei: We’re Going to Use Them for 5G, Now Leave Us Alone

Michael Joseph, the acting CEO of Kenya's Safaricom, one of Africa's largest mobile operators, really could not have been more clear about his company decision as to whether or not it plans to use Huawei equipment in their upcoming 5G rollout. He confirmed that the company will ...

China’s Ambassador to South Africa: Pompeo Stuck in the Cold War With an “Outdated, Zero-Sum Mentality”

China's outspoken ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, held a press conference this week that was broadcast live on South African TV from the embassy in Pretoria. The media briefing was presumably intended to provide updates on China's efforts to contain the COVD-19 outbreak at home and ...

What It Takes to Build a Successful Chinese Agricultural Partnership in Mozambique

It’s 9am in the morning and a message arrived on my WeChat: “The storm last night burnt down the water pump’s transformer again and now the local Water User Association came and asked for 18,000 Metical (around $278) for repairs. Furthermore, it’s difficult to collect the water ...

Q&A: “Pleasantly Surprised” Pompeo Did Not Focus on China During Recent Africa Tour

Prior to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's arrival in Africa for his three-nation tour that wrapped up in Ethiopia on Thursday, Gabon-based China-Africa analyst Cornelia Tremann wrote a column for The Lowy Institute's "The Interpreter" website where she made a series of recommendations for what ...

China’s Ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, on COVID-19: “There Is No Need to Panic”

China's outspoken ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, convened a press conference on Tuesday at the embassy in Pretoria to presumably update the media about the ongoing effort to contain the spread of the Novel Coronavirus outbreak. But he didn't reveal much new information, other ...

Chinese State Media Acted Like the Pompeo Visit Never Happened

When the U.S. Secretary of State travels abroad, most independent international news outlets consider it worthy of mention in their daily coverage. But not the Chinese state media. There's not a single news item, not even a brief mention, of Mike Pompeo's visit to Ethiopia on any ...

Chinese Embassy in Kenya Takes to Twitter to Confront Online Rumors

The Chinese embassy in Nairobi is directly confronting an online rumor circulated by Twitter user Robert Alai to his 1.3 million followers that a Chinese worker infected with COVID-19 bribed an immigration officer at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and is now hiding out at a campsite. 

Kenya’s Ambassador to China Issues Emotional Plea on Behalf of Trapped Students in Wuhan

Kenya's Ambassador to China, Sarah Serem, issued an emotional statement on behalf of the dozens of Kenyan students who remain trapped in Wuhan, the epicenter of the worsening COVID-19 outbreak:  Going through the daily updates of the impact of the coronavirus ...

It Shouldn’t be a Huge Surprise That China is Not Pleased With Pompeo’s Africa Tour

One of China's leading English-language newspapers took aim at Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his ongoing three-nation African tour. In a sharply worded editorial published on Monday, China Daily described U.S. policy as "demeaning" and "arrogant."  The newspaper also rebutted ...

After Avoiding the Issue in Senegal, China Creeps Back into Pompeo’s Messaging in Angola

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrapped up his visit to Angola, the second stop on a three-nation African tour, where he largely stayed on message promoting U.S. business interests and focusing on anti-corruption issues. But unlike in Senegal where the Secretary avoided any public mention of ...
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