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Why Would Burundi Endorse China’s Controversial New Election Law in Hong Kong?

The small landlocked East African country of Burundi reportedly felt so strongly about China's controversial new election law for Hong Kong that it published an enthusiastic endorsement of the legislation and praised Beijing's "wisdom to ensure the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong ...

China’s Propagandists Use African Scholars to Make Its Case on Sensitive Core Issues Like Hong Kong

Chinese state media turns to "a Kenyan expert" to recite Beijing's logic for why it's important "to have patriotic people taking up certain positions" in Hong Kong under what was once the "One Country Two Systems" paradigm. Dr. Kigen ...

The Black Expat Experience in Hong Kong

African residents living in China today are either students or traders, according to widely-held perceptions. With more than 80,000 African students studying in China every year and tens of thousands of people from across the continent doing business in port cities ...

How COVID-19 is Messing Up Lucrative Africa-Asia Trade Routes

SABC Correspondent Richard Kimber reports from Hong Kong's main cargo terminal on how new quarantine regulations for container vessels is further slowing African trade with China, and Asia as a whole. ...

The UN Human Rights Council Statement on Hong Kong Highlights Why African Countries Are Becoming Increasingly Important to China

Africa's growing political importance to China was on full display at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) last week in Geneva where nearly half of the signatories of a statement supporting China's controversial national security law in Hong Kong were from African states. ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

What We’ve Lost in the Fire

This weekend was a rough one for South Africa. On Sunday, the country watched as fires around Table Mountain slowly started creeping downhill, towards the beautiful campus of the University of Cape Town (UCT). Soon it was confirmed that the university’s African Studies library, which housed a unique collection of African film, and one of the biggest repositories of historical documents related to Southern Africa, was on fire. Librarians are still trying ...

China’s New Priorities in Africa

While Africa's value to the outside world has historically been framed largely in economic terms -- as a place to extract resources and as a market to sell goods -- China is changing that equation. The fact is, Africa just isn't ...

A University in Hong Kong Now Accepting Applications for One of the World’s First China-Africa Master’s Degree Programs

Pursuing a master's degree in China-Africa relations is still quite difficult to do in many countries given the lack of dedicated programs or specialized teaching staff.  But that may be starting to change. Hong Kong's Lingnan University announced on Friday that ...

The Crisis in Hong Kong Emerges as Key Messaging Theme for Chinese Media, Diplomats Across Africa

Chinese diplomats, missions, and media across Africa have been steadily ramping up their messaging about Hong Kong in recent weeks in what appears to be a concerted effort to build support for Beijing's handling of the ongoing political crisis in the territory.

Chinese Companies Went on a Global Buying Spree in Q1 But Just Not in Africa

The London-based analytics firm GlobalData released a new report this week that highlights how Chinese companies are looking to buy distressed assets around the world as prices slump due to the deteriorating global economy. The Chinese appear eager to ...

China’s New Twitter Diplomacy in Africa Ramps Up Fast as Envoys Use the Platform to Challenge U.S. and Other Critics

The Chinese government's rapid adoption of Twitter over the past several months now appears to be entering a new phase as envoys across the continent are using the social media platform to launch much more pointed attacks against the United States and other critics.  ...
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