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Rwanda’s Ambassador is Solidly in China’s Corner

There's often a huge discrepancy between the complex discourse about China that takes place in most African countries and the unabashedly enthusiastic embrace of China and the Communist Party that's expressed by a number of African ambassadors in Beijing. Few are ...

Check Out What Exhibitors Are Selling at This Year’s China-Africa Trade Expo in Hunan

A big part of Chinese trade expos, like the one that's taking place this week in Hunan, is the opportunity to sell stuff... lots and lots of stuff. Thousands of local residents flood the exhibition floor at these fairs to taste ...

Grappling with African Success

This week saw the second China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo, held in Changsha, the capital of China’s Hunan province. As we’ve covered over the last few years, the city is rapidly emerging as a hub of Africa-China trade. It houses a new cocoa trading facility and is ...

China-Africa Trade Fair Gets Underway in the Central Chinese Province of Hunan

Rwandan President Paul Kagame (photo) was the keynote speaker on Sunday at the kick-off of the four-day China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo in the Hunan provincial capital of Changsha. The expo was also attended by China's most senior foreign policy official, Yang Jiechi, who ...

The Number of Chinese Diplomatic Missions in Africa That Are on Twitter is Growing

The Chinese embassy in Rwanda is the latest Chinese diplomatic mission in Africa to open a new Twitter account. The Kigali embassy is now the 50th official Twitter account on the continent.  Click here ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Lives of African Youth Need to Be on the Climate Agenda in Glasgow

Our podcast conversation this week with the Kenyan economist Anzetse Were was a feast of insights. Among these was her point that there is a massive lag between financing for climate mitigation versus climate adaptation. The former refers to measures directly aimed at reducing future greenhouse gas emissions that further worsen global warming. The latter relates to how we’ll adapt our societies to deal with the emissions already in our atmosphere. These ...

Gauging the Effectiveness of Chinese Soft Power in Africa

It is very difficult, if not impossible, right now to accurately public opinion perceptions of China in a region as large and diverse as Africa. There are strong indications that point in opposite directions. African leaders one after another shower China ...

Chinese Beverage Brand Gante Thinks African Basketball Fans Will Want to Buy Its “Hundred Year Old” Bottled Water

Uganda upset Nigeria on Wednesday to move on to the quarterfinals of the AfroBasket 2021 tournament in Kigali... equally interesting, though, at the game were ads for the Chinese beverage brand Ganten and its 百岁山 (Hundred Year Old) bottled water brand that were on ...

Another Viral Video of a Chinese Mine Manager Beating a Local Employee Goes Viral… This Time in Rwanda

From Sierra Leone to the DR Congo and now Rwanda, videos of Chinese managers viciously beating local employees is becoming a trend, with new clips appearing on social media channels every few weeks. The ...

New Details on Rwanda’s Huge Dried Chili Deal With China

More information is emerging about the pioneering deal announced last week to open the Chinese market to Rwandan dried chili exporters. Rwandan agribusiness entrepreneur Dieudonné ‘Diego’ Twahirwa (photo) signed a contract with the food importer Chinese GK International Enterprises to ...

Rwandan Trade Industry Leaders Urges Businesses To Look Beyond China To Source Imports

Severe shipping disruptions brought on the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in much higher import costs in Rwanda, especially from China, prompting one industry official to urge businesses to find alternate suppliers. The 10% increase in Chinese imported goods is brought on ...
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