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China’s New Ambassador to Tanzania Presents Her Credentials

China's newly-arrived ambassador to Tanzania, Chen Mingjian, presented her credentials on Friday to Foreign Minister Joseph Sokoine. Uncharacteristically, the Chinese embassy did not update the website with Ambassador Chen's biography (they're usually very good about that when new envoys ...

Slowly, More Chinese COVID Vaccines Are Landing in Sub-Saharan Africa

China's total vaccine shipments to Africa now total 61.9 million doses (both sold and donated) with more shipments going to sub-Saharan countries including deliveries of more than a million jabs each to Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Although not included in 

Meet Wang Yao, Entrepreneur, Vlogger, and a Guy Who Looks Like He’s Living His Best Life in Kenya

Wang Yao 王垚 is a truly unique character who's not only built a hugely successful second-hand clothing business in Kenya but has also become a celebrity on Chinese social media platforms where he now has almost 5 million followers. Wang first came ...

Tanzania To Open New Consulate in Guangzhou

Tanzania plans to expand its diplomatic presence in China with the opening of a new consulate in the southern city of Guangzhou.  In his announcement on Friday, Ambassador Mbelwa Kairuki said the focus of the new mission will ...

People’s Daily Launches Kiswahili Language Website

The People's Daily, China's largest and arguably most important state-run media outlet, launched three new online sites last week including one in Kiswahili, a language spoken widely throughout East Africa. The new site complements an increasingly prominent Chinese media presence in ...

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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 ...

G7’s Global Infrastructure Initiative Will Have to Contend With China’s Massive Lead in Africa

The recent announcement of an initiative to rival China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has generated a lot of debate among scholars and policyholders trying to understand its feasibility, particularly in Africa. What is not in doubt is that the G7’s Build Back Better World (B3W) plan ...

Chinese COVID Vaccines Land in Tanzania and Uganda

A second batch of vaccines from China landed on the semi-autonomous Tanzanian island of Zanzibar over the weekend. The arrival of these vaccines marks a dramatic shift in Tanzanian policy. Prior to his death earlier this year, President ...

African Food Bloggers Are Finding Large Audiences Live Streaming on Chinese Social Media

The following article is a summary of a longer version of this story by Shu Xiong (薯熊) that was published on the 公路商店's WeChat channel. The original, Chinese-language article is available here. From Rwanda to Guinea, from the Democratic Republic ...

Tanzania Resumes Talks With China Over the Bagamoyo Port Deal. But Is It Too Late?

Tanzanian President Samia Hassan surprised a lot of people last month when she announced that talks with China had resumed over the controversial Bagamoyo port deal. This is the deal that President Hassan's predecessor, the late John Magufuli, famously halted back ...

The Battle of Perceptions Around Tanzania’s Bagamoyo Port Expansion

This week's surprise announcement by Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s that she is resuscitating negotiations with China and other stakeholders about a multibillion-dollar expansion of the Port of Bagamoyo is generating a lot of excitement and a desire among some (most likely in the government) to set ...
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