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Zambia’s Amazing Come From Behind Draw Against China at the Olympics

If you didn't catch last week's Zambia-China women's soccer face-off at the Olympics in Tokyo then you missed what will no doubt go down as one of the greatest matches of the games. Going into the match, China was expected to ...

Nigerian Transportation Minister Tells Local Contractors “They Are Not Qualified” To Build Infrastructure Like the Chinese Do

Nigeria's outspoken transportation minister Rotimi Amaechi delivered a blunt message to local construction companies who've long complained that they're shut out of bids for the large infrastructure projects that often go to Chinese contractors: "We are not using our local contractors because they are not ...

When It Comes To Mining, Africa and Australia Are the Primary Sources of Key Minerals and Metals for China

China may be trying to transition to a services-led high technology economy that doesn't rely as much on manufacturing but that shift will take years. In the meantime, Chinese factories still need to rely on vast amounts of minerals, metals, and other mining products to bolster their ...

6 Reasons Why Africa Likes China

A U.S. and European observers often wonder why African leaders have so thoroughly embraced engagement with China despite warnings of predatory lending, cyber espionage and so forth. In many policy circles, there's genuine confusion as to why the Western offer isn't more appealing and largely unable to ...

Third Wave Sweeps Across Africa as Scarce Vaccine Supplies Run Out

A number of countries throughout Africa are exhausting their limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines just as a devastating third wave of the virus sweeps across the continent. Africa is by no means alone. Dozens of developing countries in other parts of ...

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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Amid Rising Instability in a Growing Number of African Countries, the Question of Whether China Will Remain Engaged Looms

One of the original China in Africa memes that still endures today among many people on the continent is that the "Chinese want to colonize Africa" and want to "invade" the continent using a mix of debt traps, trade dependency, and immigration.

U.S. Concerns About Chinese Infrastructure and Debt Financing in Africa Date Back More Than Half a Century

Judd Devermont, director of the Africa program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, noted in his daily Africa history Tweet that U.S. anxiety about Chinese infrastructure development in Africa is not a new phenomenon. In fact, as he remarked on Monday, ...

China Restarts PPE Donations in Africa While Vaccine Sales/Donations Trickle Along

There's been a noticeable increase in recent weeks in the frequency of Chinese donations of masks, protective gowns, and other medical supplies to various African stakeholders. On Friday, the Chinese embassy handed over a donation of 50,000 masks to the University of Zambia in ...

New Joint Pakistani-Chinese COVID Vaccine Launches While Hungary Becomes the Latest Country to Sign a Vaccine Production Deal with China

Residents in Pakistan will now have access to a new COVID-19 vaccine that was jointly developed with China's CanSino as part of an effort to relieve acute vaccine shortages. The new PakVac that launched on Tuesday was reportedly developed in Pakistan under the supervision of CanSino executives ...

Everyone, Not Just the Chinese, Are Playing the Game of Vaccine Diplomacy Says SOAS Prof Stephen Chan

Acclaimed China-Africa scholar and University of London professor Stephen Chan pushed back on the narrative that China alone is using vaccines to gain political advantage in its foreign policy. "To be fair, everyone's playing this game of vaccine diplomacy," he said on the latest episode of the ...
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