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China Evolves Its Language That Frames Its Engagement in Africa

The China Media Project (CMP), an independent research organization affiliated with the Journalism & Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong, published an interesting analysis today on how Chinese propaganda is evolving the language (in Chinese) used to frame China's engagement on ...

Wang Yi Wrapped Up Africa Tour With a Quick Stopover in The Seychelles Before Heading Back to Asia

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi wrapped up his annual tour to Africa on Saturday with a quick stopover in the Indian Ocean island state of Seychelles, before heading back to Asia. During his half-day visit to Victoria, Wang met with Foreign Minister Sylvestre Radegonde and later with ...

President Magufuli Thanked Wang For Not Wearing a Mask During His Visit to Tanzania

COVID-19 mask politics found its way into Chinese FM Wang Yi's recent visit to Tanzania when President John Magafuli thanked Wang for not wearing a mask to showcase the fact that the pandemic is purportedly under control there. Wang appeared to ...

Wang Yi Unveiled a 7-Point Policy Framework That Will Guide Chinese Engagement in Africa This Year

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi unveiled a list of seven "priorities" that he said will guide Chinese engagement in Africa in 2021. Wang made the announcement during a press conference on Friday in Chato with his Tanzanian counterpart Palamagamba Kabudi.

Wang Yi Gets To Enjoy the Luxury of Staying on Message

Wang Yi is on the road again after his week-long visit to Africa wrapped up on Saturday in The Seychelles. The Chinese foreign minister flew back to Beijing from the tiny island state in the Indian Ocean, only to embark the next day on yet another week-long ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

How Will Biden Shake Up Africa Relations? Let’s Watch

Tomorrow, the whole world’s eyes will be on the inauguration of Joe Biden. Stepping into a moment of unprecedented domestic crisis, he will probably have relatively little bandwidth for Africa. Indications are that the Biden administration plans to steer away from the Trump era’s unilateralism. While the incoming Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs hasn’t been confirmed yet, many State Department appointments have been filled by veterans from the Obama era. ...

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Begins 5-Nation Africa Tour

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will begin a five-nation African tour on Monday in Nigeria in what's now a 30-year old custom of Beijing's top diplomat always starting the year with a visit to the continent. After Nigeria, Wang will fly ...

How’s the Belt & Road Doing During the Pandemic? Well, the Answer Depends on Who You Ask

There are conflicting assessments of the health of China's Belt and Road Initiative and how it's fared during the past 7-8 months amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A new report from the London-based analytics and consulting firm ...

Two Totally Different Reactions From the U.S. and China About Tanzania’s Recent Elections

The United States and China have issued starkly different assessments of last week's presidential elections in Tanzania. Incumbent John Magufuli declared victory with 84% of the vote, with some international observers reporting instances of fraud and voter intimidation.

China Dominates Almost Every Layer of East Africa’s Mobile Technology Sector

Chinese technology permeates nearly every level of the East African mobile technology stack with the notable exception of operating systems that are still dominated by Google and Apple, according to a post by Kenya-based technology analyst Michael Kimani. While Kimani focused his analysis on ...

China’s Input Ensured the Elimination of Schistosomiasis from Zanzibar’s Pemba Island

The WHO and the Tanzanian government have heralded a Chinese project to combat schistosomiasis in Pemba island, Zanzibar, which ran from 2016 until this year. Its successful implementation of good practices like broad-based cooperation and its flexible project design to accommodate local specificities might have received more ...
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