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Tanzanian Presidential Visit to Washington Raises Questions about Africa Focus

Press coverage of Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s meeting with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris in Washington DC on Friday revealed how geopolitics are reshaping U.S.-Africa relations. While Tanzanian coverage of the meeting focused on investment ...

Chinese Embassies in Africa Commemorate the Lives Lost in African Infrastructure Projects 

Chinese embassies in several African countries this week commemorated Chinese personnel who died while building African infrastructure. The occasion was this week’s Qingming (Tomb-Sweeping) Festival (清明节) when people clear the graves of relatives to remember the dead. The Chinese embassy in 

China Went on a Three Day African Diplomatic Blitz to Rally Support For Its Stance on Ukraine

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Foreign Minister Wang Yi wrapped up a three-day flurry of meetings on Sunday with counterparts from four African countries. Although each of the meetings, according to readouts, addressed a wide range of topics, China's controversial stance on the war in Ukraine emerged ...

Chinese Motorcycle Factory Opens in Angola

A new Chinese motorcycle factory has kicked off in Angola, one of several new automotive ventures in African countries. The Chinese state-owned heave vehicle company Sinotruk announced a new $20 million assembly line in Tanzania, while China's First Automotive Works (FAW) has also started producing trucks in ...

Sinotruck to Open New Assembly Plant in Tanzania

Chinese state-owned heavy vehicle manufacturer Sinotruck announced this week that it plans an assembly plant in Tanzania. Sinotruck’s investment in the plant comes to $20 million and will create 500 jobs. One additional benefit from the new plant, and others ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Q&A: Africa’s Role in China’s Global Military Expansion – Defense Expert Unpacks a Thorny Issue

The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral John Aquilino, on Tuesday added to the growing alarm in Washington DC defense circles about the global reach of China’s military. 

Speaking in front of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, Aquilino said China is building capacity to seize Taiwan, and: “The PRC also seeks to establish a network of overseas military installations that would extend its reach, allowing support for an increasingly ...

Africa’s Newest Chinese-financed Political Training Academy Opens in Tanzania

Chinese ambassador to Tanzania Chen Mingjian joined President Samia Suluhu Hassan on Wednesday to open a new political training academy located outside of Dar es Salaam. But unlike similar Chinese-financed academies in South Africa and Ethiopia that are primarily country-specific, ...

New CPC-financed Political Training Academy Opens in Tanzania

The latest Chinese-funded political training academy in Africa opened in Kibaha outside of Tanzania's commercial hub Dar es Salaam. Similar training academies have been built in Ethiopia, Tunisia and South Africa among other regions as part of ...

China May No Longer Finance Large-Scale Railways in Africa, But It’s Still a Big Player in the Industry

China is not financing the construction of Tanzania's new Standard Gauge Railway line but it is nonetheless playing a big role in its development. On Tuesday, Tanzania Railway Corporation officials signed a $127.2 million deal with the Chinese rail car manufacturing giant CRRC International for ...

The BRI Challenges Our Assumptions of How the World Fits Together 

A fascinating new report emerged from the Green Financing and Development Center at Fudan University in Shanghai this week, tracking trends in China’s Belt and Road investment. The big news is that while global BRI spending (both foreign direct investment and loans) has remained stable at roughly ...

From British Cotton to Zanzibar Pepper — The Promise of Huge Fortunes From the China Market is Still Alluring

Centuries ago early British imperialists recognized the vast potential of the China market. They fantasized that if every Chinese man added just one inch to their shirts, it would have the cotton mills of Manchester spinning for decades. That dream of ...
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