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Reports of Arson Attacks Against Chinese Businesses in Nigeria and Arrest of Archbishop Protesting Treatment of Africans in Guangzhou Highlights Growing Tensions

Videos are spreading rapidly on Nigerian social media, purportedly showing hundreds of young men burning down Chinese-owned businesses and factories in the Ogun-Guangdong Free Trade Zone outside of Lagos in southwestern Nigeria. Although these videos were shot last week and posted ...

From Race to Debt to COVID-19: A Conversation with Ambassador Kuang Weilin on Current Issues in China-Africa Relations

For much of the past two decades, China’s engagement in Africa has been steady, rather predictable and largely uneventful. That is, until this year. The China-Africa relationship is facing an unprecedented mix of challenges today ...

A New Wave of Anger and Frustration Over the Treatment of Africans in China Sweeps Across the Continent

This weekend, African politicians in several countries convened press conferences, took to Twitter and signed joint letters of protest to register their outrage over allegations of poor treatment of African migrants in China. This seems to have been provoked by a new wave of videos and other ...

Clashes over COVID-19 Aid in Nigeria

During a conversation I recently had with the founder of a Nigerian rural healthcare nonprofit, I got a real taste of what COVID-19 looks on the ground for healthcare practitioners in the developing world. Nigeria has not yet faced the full force of COVID-19, with approx. 300 ...

Nigerian Leaders Say Everything With China is “Sorted Out” Over What Happened in Guangzhou

Less than one week after the situation in Guangzhou erupted, two of Nigeria's top politicians moved as quickly as possible to put the issue to rest.  Both Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeam and Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila declared that they're satisfied with China's handling ...

African Leaders Declare Crisis in Guangzhou is “Sorted Out.” What Did We Learn?

Less than one week after alarming videos, photos and accounts of African migrants being forced out of their homes and hotels in the southern China city of Guangzhou, the story has been “sorted out” in the eyes of many ...

China Needs to Do More to Protect Black People

On April 8, a 15-person Chinese medical team ​arrived​ in Nigeria to assist with the country’s fight against COVID-19. The team brought with them more than a million masks, ventilators, Personal Protective Equipment and other pandemic essentials. It was another example of Chinese support for African ...

China Moves Quickly to Reassure Anxious African Governments that the Crisis in Guangzhou has been Resolved

For the second time in less than a week, Chinese ambassadors in Africa fanned out to foreign ministries across the continent, this time as part of Beijing's effort to reassure foreign ministers in various countries that the situation in Guangzhou has now been resolved and also to ...

An Unprecedented Rupture in China-Africa Relations

China-Africa relations face an unprecedented crisis after several days of evictions and maltreatment of African migrants by landlords and local authorities in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou. Beginning late Thursday China time, photos, videos, and other accounts began to surface ...

This Image of Evicted African Men Sleeping on the Streets of Guangzhou Went Viral Early in the Crisis

A photo of visibly cold African men wearing surgical masks sleeping on the streets of Guangzhou after reportedly being evicted from their homes or hotel rooms went viral early in this crisis, sparking widespread anger among African Twitter and Facebook users. ...
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