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Chinese Companies’ “Eat Bitter” Management Style Just Doesn’t Work in Africa

Forget debt traps, Huawei ‘back-doors' and vaccine diplomacy. They might be the disputes that define our current polarized moment. But I’m willing to bet they won’t have the staying power of the one – the original – dispute that has haunted Chinese engagement with Africa since the ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Chinese Companies’ “Eat Bitter” Management Style Just Doesn’t Work in Africa

Forget debt traps, Huawei ‘back-doors’ and vaccine diplomacy. They might be the disputes that define our current polarized moment. But I’m willing to bet they won’t have the staying power of the one – the original – dispute that has haunted Chinese engagement with Africa since the late 1990s: labor.

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AFP Fact Checks Misinformation Circulating About a Recent Fight in Sierra Leone That Went Viral

Regular readers of this newsletter will know that the viral video of a fight between a Chinese employee and safety inspectors at the Tonkolili mine took place in Sierra Leone, but apparently a lot of people online erroneously think it occurred in Kenya. ...

Why the Neocolonialism Story Will Never Die

The revelation of what appears to be massive illegal Chinese gold mining and logging operations in rural Sierra Leone could open a contentious new front in Africa-China conversations. Or more accurately, it could revivify one of the ur-themes underlying the whole relationship: the idea that China is a ...

25 “Massive” Illegal Chinese Gold Mines Discovered in a Remote Region of Sierra Leone

A group of unknown Chinese entities has reportedly been operating a large-scale illegal gold mining operation in one of the poorest and most remote regions of eastern Sierra Leone, according to an investigative report published in Sunday's edition of the Sierra Leone Telegraph newspaper. ...

As Much as China Probably Wants to Shift Its Iron Ore Buys From Australia to Africa, It Won’t Happen Soon

There's been a lot of discussion over the past year about China's desire to eliminate its dependence on Australian iron ore in favour of supplies from countries like Guinea, Algeria, South Africa and Brazil among others. China has been steadily trying ...

#PRNightmare: Rap Superstar Snoop Dogg Posted the Video of a Chinese Employee Attacking Safety Inspectors in Sierra Leone

The video of that Chinese employee of the China Railway Seventh Group who attacked a group of safety inspectors at the Tonkolili iron ore mine in Sierra Leone went mega-viral this weekend after rap superstar Snoop Dogg shared the video with his 61 million Instagram followers.

Apparently, It’s All Good Now Between That Sierra Leonian Safety Inspector and the Chinese Employee Who Attacked Him

In a surprising twist to the story of that fight caught on video at the Tonkolili iron ore mine last week, the assailant and victim have seemingly reconciled. In what seems like a very awkward exchange, they are ...

Chinese Construction Company Took Unusually Swift Action Against Employee in Sierra Leone For Attacking Local Safety Inspectors

We now have the full details about that shocking video that circulated on social media on Wednesday, showing an employee of the China Railway Seventh Group (CRSG) attacking inspectors from the Sierra Leone Mining Association, who were conducting an unannounced inspection of the repair ...

Disturbing Video Shows Fight Breaking Out Between Chinese Manager and Local Construction Staff in Sierra Leone

Editor's Note: This video appeared on the Sierra Eye Twitter channel today and is beginning to circulate widely. It's important to note that the authenticity of the video is still unknown. There is no indication of when it was shot, who uploaded it or where ...

This Picture Should Be Quite Worrying to Every Australian Politician

Colin Ding, president of the Chinese mining company Kingho Energy Group, paid a visit to the State House in Freetown on Tuesday to meet with President Julius Maada Bio about the company's new port and rail lease agreements that will be used to ramp up iron ...

Understanding China’s Outlook on Global Aid & Development

The Chinese approach to global aid and development is very different than that of traditional donors in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. While Beijing is leveraging much of the existing global development infrastructure, including organizations like the IMF, the WHO, and ...
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