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A Strange Controversy in Liberia Over a Joint Statement Denouncing Chinese Human Rights in Xinjiang

For some inexplicable reason, the Liberian Observer, one of the country's leading dailies, published an article on Monday about China's "disappointment" with Monrovia for joining 42 other countries at the United Nations to sign a French-led statement "on the human rights ...

The 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa is the Setting For a New Blockbuster Chinese Drama

Ebola Fighters (埃博拉前线) is a big-budget drama that premiers today on China's largest streaming platforms. It depicts the efforts of frontline Chinese medical staff in the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. ...

Tanzanian Authorities Arrest Chinese Farmer For Illegally Pumping Millions of Liters of Water From Local Rivers

A Chinese large-scale farmer was arrested by local authorities in the small village of Kidogozelo in eastern Tanzania for using a high-capacity pump to draw water from the Ruvu river to irrigate his vegetable farm. The unnamed Chinese national is accused of installing and using an illegal ...

Liberia’s House of Reps Blocks Controversial Chinese Mining Deal

A fascinating political struggle is playing out in Liberia over a controversial 25-year iron ore deal with Chinese company BAO Chico. Last week, the Senate ratified the deal in what critics contend was effectively a rubber stamp decision after only minimal discussion and no expert ...

For the Second Day in a Row, Liberia’s Daily Observer Editorial Board Slams Government Over Secrecy in Chinese Mining Deal

The Editorial Board at one of Liberia's largest newspapers, the Daily Observer, is keeping up the pressure on the government by demanding for the second day in a row that it release the details of a 25-year iron ore deal with the Chinese ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China’s African Debt Experiment

The Financial Times today published a deep dive into the issue of Chinese lending to African countries and what struck me was how it crystallizes some of the underlying issues that aren’t necessarily made clear in the debt debate.

In the first place, it shows that Africa’s need for financing far outstrips both the available financing options and the continent’s current ability to repay them. The Calvinist logic that underlies much of ...

Liberian Senate Approves Controversial Resources-For-Infrastructure Deal With Chinese Mining Company

The Liberian Senate voted on Friday to approve a controversial $2.5 billion iron ore for infrastructure deal with the Chinese mining giant BAO Chico. The origins of the deal date back to the 2018 FOCAC summit when President George Weah negotiated the arrangement ...

Trailer Drops For New Chinese TV Drama About the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

The trailer for a big-budget TV Chinese drama series set in a fictitious West African country during the 2014 Ebola outbreak is getting a bit of buzz on Chinese social media channels. Ebola Fighters purportedly showcases the efforts of Chinese PLA ...

Liberia’s Senate President Shows Engaging China Depends on Acceding to Beijing’s Core Interests Up Front

The recent visit to the Chinese embassy in Monrovia by Albert Chie, president pro-tem of the Liberian Senate, provides an interesting insight into how African stakeholders are proactively telegraphing their acceptance of China's position on sensitive territorial issues like Taiwan, Xinjiang, and Hong Kong among others.

Chinese Ambassador to Liberia Attacks U.S. Over Media “Lies” and “Fake News”

China's ambassador to Liberia Ren Yisheng used his keynote speech at the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) Annual Excellence Awards Ceremony in Monrovia to mount a lengthy critique of the United States. Ambassador Ren went through a checklist of grievances, everything from ...

China’s Rebuilding of TV Stations in Africa is a Great Way of Ensuring Long-term Positive Media Coverage

China's ambassador to Liberia, Ren Yisheng, toured the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) facility in Monrovia last week to inspect a $52 million upgrade to the channel that Beijing is funding. Part of the work being done is to facilitate LBS' transition from analog to digital ...
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