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China Accused Zimbabwe of Undercounting Its Financial Assistance… By a Lot!

A very public rift broke out on Tuesday between China and Zimbabwe over how much financial assistance Beijing provides to Harare.  It all began last Thursday when Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said in a budget statement that Zimbabwe had received a total ...

Tweet of the Day: Wake Forest University Professor Gives a Master Class on China-Africa Relations Using Just a Single Tweet

Wake Forest University Assistant Professor Lina Benabdallah is a leading China-Africa scholar and used just a single Tweet from China's ambassador in Zimbabwe to provide a thoughtful, cogent analysis of how the Chinese government approaches aid, agency and engagement with African stakeholders… all in less than 280 ...

Tweet of the Day: While the U.S. Talks About Building Things in Africa… Here’s the Kind of Thing the Chinese Are Doing Right Now.

This Tweet from Harare, Zimbabwe should give U.S. officials pause about the effectiveness of all those warnings to African governments about becoming too dependent on Chinese aid, loans and trade. The $100 million new parliament building, all funded and built by the Chinese, is starting to take ...

Zimbabwe Elephant Sale to China Sparks Outrage, Prompting New Set-Back for Chinese Public Diplomacy in Africa

Up to 30 young elephants were flown overseas this weekend from Zimbabwe, reportedly to zoos in China, prompting widespread anger in Africa, Europe, and the United States. News headlines, conservation groups, and social media users all expressed varying of ...

Zimbabwe Expected to Lean on Chinese Expertise and Technology to Enforce New Cyber Crime Law

The Cyber Crime, Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill of 2019 was passed by president Emerson Mnangagwa’s cabinet this week, an important step towards it becoming law. It still has to be debated and approved by parliament, where Mnangagwa’s ruling Zanu PF party has a majority.

China-Zimbabwe Sign ICT MoU Where China Will Basically Build Out the Country’s Entire Network

Zimbabwe's Information Communications Technology Minister Kazembe Kazembe and China's Vice Minister for IT took time got together on the sidelines of International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Telecom World 2019 that is underway in Budapest, Hungary to sign a comprehensive MoU on bilateral ICT cooperation, according to a ...

Zimbabwe Gets China, India Loans to Boost Power Generation

Zimbabwe has obtained three separate loans of just over US$108,3 million from the Export-Import Bank of China and Export-Import Bank of India to be used for power generation projects and broadband expansion. Government tied a loan agreement with the Export-Import ...

China, Africa, and the Future of the Internet

Blessed with generous government-backed loans and low-cost, high-quality equipment, Chinese technology companies have transformed African telecommunications. Millions can now connect for voice and data using devices made by Tecno, Huawei, and ZTE among countless others. Similarly, in media, private companies like StarTimes and state-backed ...

2017 China-Africa Year in Review

2017 was an eventful year in China-Africa relations. Overall the two sides remain deeply engaged with one another, however indications began to emerge this year that the relationship is undergoing a profound change. No longer can we expect to see steadily rising ...

China's New "Old Friend" in Zimbabwe

Former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was long described by Chinese leaders as their 'old friend' in Africa. Mugabe's relationship with the Chinese dated back half a century when China supported anti-colonial guerrillas with weapons and training. ...
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