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Moroccan Police Arrest Uyghur Activist at China’s Request

34-year old Uyghur activist Yidiresi Aishan is now in Moroccan police custody awaiting likely deportation to China after he was arrested earlier this week at Casablanca’s international airport. Police say they were acting on an Interpol ...

Record EV Sales in China Pushes Up the Price of Cobalt and Other Battery Materials

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Chinese car buyers are snapping up electric-powered vehicles in record numbers. In the first half of the year alone, automakers sold 1.2 million new energy vehicles and almost a quarter ...

New BRI Index Reveals China’s Contractors Are Bullish on Building New Infrastructure in ASEAN, Not So Much in Africa

The Chinese state-owned insurance giant Sinosure and the China International Contractors Association released their new BRI Infrastructure Development Index that indicates where they think conditions are best for infrastructure growth. There’s a lot of interest in Southeast Asia, ...

What Advice is a Loan Official From China’s Largest Bank Giving to Companies Looking to Invest in Africa?

Exterior of an ICBC branch in Beijing, China. MARK RALSTON / AFP
Now that China has all but stopped large-scale lending for major infrastructure projects in Africa, there’s a lot of confusion over what happens next. After all, Chinese lending has been the cornerstone of Beijing’s 15+ ...

Two Day U.S.-Africa Business Summit Kicks Off Today As Part of White House Push to Revitalize Trade With the Continent

Volume of U.S. imports of trade goods from Africa from 1997 to 2020(in billion U.S. dollars). Source: Statista
After years of sitting on the Africa summit sidelines, the United States is getting back in the game with the start of a two-day online business forum that starts on Tuesday. The gathering is organized ...

The U.S. Has a Lot of Ground to Make Up If It Wants to Compete With China and Europe on Trade With Africa

While U.S. corporate and political elites meet virtually this week with African stakeholders to discuss revitalizing trade between the two regions, it’s worth noting just how much work there is to be done, especially in ...

The Conservative Argument as to “Why Americans Should be Concerned About Communist China’s Influence in Africa”

The President of the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank in Washington, D.C. published a scathing column today in the right-wing newspaper Washington Times warning Americans about why they need to be concerned about ...

Howard French Isn’t Very Impressed With the G-7’s Build Back Better World Initiative

Author and journalist Howard W. French. Image via Penguin Random House.
Journalist and author Howard W. French is among the most thought-provoking U.S. scholars on Chinese engagement in Africa and Beijing’s rapidly evolving global presence. French recently joined Brookings Institute Senior Fellow David ...

76% of All Chinese Vaccine Distributions in Africa Have Gone to Just Four Countries

Chinese vaccine distributions in Africa remain highly distorted, favoring a small group of mostly North African countries that account for 3/4 of all deliveries on the continent, according to the latest figures ...

China’s New Man in Djibouti

New Chinese ambassador to Djibouti Hu Bin presenting his credentials to Foreign Minister Mahmoud Ali Youssouf. Image via the Chinese embassy in Djibouti.
China’s new ambassador to Djibouti Hu Bin presented his credentials to Foreign Minister Mahmoud Ali Youssouf on Monday.  Get a daily email ...

TRANSLATION: My Kenyan Employee Who Just Disappeared

File image of workers at the Chinese-owned Twyford Ceramics in Kajiado County, Kenya. Image via Xinhua.
The following is a translation of an article published on the Bobu Africa (波布非洲 )WeChat page on July 20, 2021. The purpose of translations like this is to provide English language readers with a more ...

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. ...

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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Climate Suffering and Its Complications

This week, the climate crisis became a lot more concrete. Heatwaves and fire across North America overlapped with massive floods in Germany and China. I say ‘concrete’ but of course climate change has been pretty concrete for millions of climate refugees across the Global South for a while now. Rather, in the words of the New York Times, this week made clear that “Climate change comes for rich countries.” Of course, it does ...

Reading the Smoke

As things slowly settle down in South Africa after the last ruinous week, the debates about who’s really to blame are catching fire. It’s now being called an insurrection attempt, and President Ramaphosa has referred to those responsible for fueling the protests as ‘enemies of democracy.’ One of the problems underlying the current crisis is that he’s both right and wrong. South Africa is indeed, as Ramaphosa called it, a ‘hard-fought-for democracy.’ ...

The Fire Next Door

So…How have you been? Since we last spoke, my country exploded.

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The B3W’s Many ‘Shoulds’

Despite seemingly coming from the same naming tradition that gave us Melania Trump’s Be Best campaign, the Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative is firmly pointed away from the recent past. It seems driven by a new willingness to face the many barriers that shape our current system.As articulated by Gregory W. Meeks, chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the B3W is a flurry of good intentions, littered with ‘should’ ...

Why the Neocolonialism Story Will Never Die

The revelation of what appears to be massive illegal Chinese gold mining and logging operations in rural Sierra Leone could open a contentious new front in Africa-China conversations. Or more accurately, it could revivify one of the ur-themes underlying the whole relationship: the idea that China is a neocolonial force in Africa.This blast from the past came at a moment when the larger relationship seemed to be opening new frontiers. A recent paper by ...

B3W and the Democracy Issue

One of the interesting divisions emerging from the Biden administration’s campaign to re-energize the G7 and NATO against China is its attempt to divide the world into ‘democracies’ and ‘autocracies,’ and to insist that the two groups are squaring off against each other as if they’re in a superfriends-versus-the-empire-of-evil cartoon from the 80s.In order for this division to make sense, one needs to ignore many inconvenient details. These include the fact ...

Sanctions and Anti-Sanctions

For those tracking the development (and high-level normalization) of ‘the new cold war,’ this week has been a doozy. U.S. President Joe Biden departed for the G7 summit in Cornwall with a rare bipartisan win in his pocket. His U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, a $250 billion bill aimed at countering Chinese competition in a number of hi-tech areas like semiconductors and robotics, passed with a 68-32 majority. Some predict that it could ...

Can the G7 Imagine a Different Relationship With the World?

This week, the prominent Financial Times commentator Gideon Rachman argued that the upcoming G7 summit in Cornwall could be ‘the west’s last chance to lead.’He acknowledged that the seven rich democracies that make up the group (the U.S., U.K., France, Italy, Germany, Japan, and Canada) have seen a rapid loss in global economic influence. When they first met in 1975, the seven made up 80% of the world’s GDP. That share has ...

Biden’s Chinese Tech Dilemma

This week the Biden administration announced an expansion of a Trump-era ban on U.S. investment in 59 Chinese companies seen as having ties to the Chinese military and surveillance sectors.The announcement is another confirmation of how ex-president Trump’s vision of a U.S.-China rivalry has set the terms of subsequent interactions between the two sides (and set ‘the two sides’ as a defining paradigm for the rest of the world.)The measure unsurprisingly targets ...

“For the Umpteenth Time,” Chinese Mining Company in Zimbabwe Angrily Rejects Environmentalist Charges That It’s Operating in a Protected Area

The Zimbabwe-based Chinese-owned mining company Afrochinese Smelting rejected accusations that it is illegally operating in the Mavuradonha Wilderness Area in northern Zimbabwe. In a statement released on Sunday, the company claimed that it’s the victim ...

No, U.S. Taxpayers Will Not Be Funding China’s “Vaccine Profiteering,” Says COVAX Boss

The head of the COVAX, Seth Berkley, sought to reassure Americans that their $4 billion donation to the global vaccine alliance will not be used to subsidize the purchase of Chinese-made COVID vaccines, 

China’s Ambassador to Nigeria Sends Reassuring Signals on Infrastructure Loans

Chinese ambassador Cui Jianchun speaking to the media in Abuja.
China’s ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun (photo), spoke to the media last week to address the mounting concerns about China’s commitment to continue providing loans for Nigerian infrastructure development. ...

Four Months Later, Chinese Scholars Respond to Critical Lending Report

It took a while but Chinese scholars have finally responded to a groundbreaking report published on March 31st by a group of four U.S. and European think tanks that details the contents of Chinese loan ...

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

Zambia's forward Barbra Banda (R) shoots to score during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games women's group F first round football match between China and Zambia at the Miyagi Stadium in Miyagi on July 24, 2021. Kohei CHIBAHARA / AFP
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. ...

The Congolese Army Arrests Two Chinese and Two of Its Own Soldiers For the Brutal Beating of Mining Workers

TWEET TRANSLATION: We severely condemn the action taken by our FARDC to whip our compatriots on the orders of the Chinese in a cobalt mine! Regardless of who's at fault. This is how we call on [interim governor] Fifi Masuka Saïni to get involved and punish the perpetrators for these acts.
The Armed Forces of the DR Congo (FARDC) took swift action this weekend against two of its own soldiers and a pair of Chinese nationals for their involvement in the recent violent beating of local ...

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Week in Review: Trade, Tilapia and Transmission Lines

A frozen Tilapia fish imported from China being thawed out at a local market in Kenya. Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP
Wycliffe Oparanya, governor of Kenya’s Kakamega County, opened a new $120 million EU-financed fish processing factory that is intended to help Kenya reduce its dependence on imported Chinese tilapia and increase exports to Europe. Local fishers ...

With U.S. COVID Jabs Now Landing in Africa, Vaccine Rivalry With China Likely to Intensify

For the first since the beginning of the pandemic, U.S.-made vaccines are arriving in Africa, opening what will likely become another front in the burgeoning global rivalry with China. ...

New Data Reveals China’s Growing Dependence on Middle Eastern Oil

Middle Eastern oil producers now account for 48.3% of China’s oil buys in the first half of the year, according to the latest Chinese customs data. Saudi Arabia is the top provider, with 16.8% of ...

Beijing’s New Man in Kampala

China’s newly-appointed ambassador to Uganda, Zhang Lizhong, presented his credentials on Wednesday to Foreign Minister Jeje Odongo. During the brief ceremony, Zhang also gave Odongo a copy of the 668 page “

AFP Fact Checks Misinformation Circulating About a Recent Fight in Sierra Leone That Went Viral

Regular readers of this newsletter will know that the viral video of a fight between a Chinese employee and safety inspectors at the Tonkolili mine took place in Sierra Leone, but apparently a lot ...

African Textile Unions Call For Increased Government Protection Against Illegal Imports From China

File image of garment workers at Kinross Clothing manufacturers in Maitland, South Africa assembling men's trousers RODGER BOSCH / AFP
Years of illegal textile imports and low-cost replicas from China have decimated Africa’s once-thriving textile manufacturing sector and labor unions across the continent are calling on the government to do something about it. ...


China House Student Fellows,

Various Schools, China

By China House Fellows Geng Xingshuo, 19, University of Rochester; Yang Zimo, 16, Lee Academy Shanghai; Cheng Yin 16 Tianjin Foreign Language School

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a program which initiatives are creating fresh waves of road, rail, port, and energy investment in countries around the world, ...

China House Student Fellows,

Various Schools, China

By China House Fellows Zang Yiming, 15, Beijing National Day School; Fan Xia, 17, Yao Hua High School and Yu Kaidi, 17, Nanjing Foreign Language School Xianlin Campus

Since March 13, Kenya discovered its first COVID-19 case in Nairobi. Up till March 11, 2021, the cumulative number of confirmed cases ...

Lauren Ashmore,

27, Leiden University, Netherlands

Paraguay, a landlocked country in South America, rarely makes global news headlines. However, images of protesters on the streets of the capital Asunción quickly circulated in international news this month. Protestors were pictured waving their national tricolour flag and holding anti-government posters with slogans such as ‘We are coming for ...

China House Student Fellows,

Various Schools, China

By China House Student Fellows Qinnan He, Larrissa Leung, Linyi Xia and Xuewen Zhang (Authors listed alphabetically, this research article has been authored equally).

“I’ll share you a girl’s story. She’s 35 now with 9 children after being forced to marry at 14. Her mom and dad died when she ...

China House Student Fellows,

Various Schools, China

Almost 15 years ago, allegations were beginning to emerge that China influences African elections. The case in point was Zambia. China became a hot campaign issue in Zambia’s 2005 elections. The opposition, led by Michael ‘King Cobra’ Sata, never missed an opportunity to lash out at then incumbent, Patrick Mwanawasa, over ...

China House Student Fellows,

Various Schools, China

By China House Student Fellows He Ye, 17, Shenzhen College of International Education Ruining Liu, 17, Capital Normal University High School, Liangjing Yi, 17, Shude High School Dujiangyan Foreign Language Experimental School and Xia Zhao, 18, Northfield Mount Hermon School

In the 2020 Global Gender Gap Report released by the ...

By China House Fellows Jinhao Bai, Yi Cheng, Jiasui Xie, Ruoyu Yan

“If we want to confront the issue of racism, everyone needs to take their share of responsibility. This ‘everyone’ includes you, me, and all the other individuals living in this planet.“

                                                                                         –A Guinean Student in Guangzhou

Across ...

China House Student Fellows,

Various Schools, China

By China House Fellows Andy Zhang, Jie Cang, Ziyu Lin and Yirong Xu

“We don’t want gifts and apologies: We want our dignity…We have fractured this world.” – Kevin, student

“But I thought racism doesn’t exist in China…it wasn’t embarrassing, it was dehumanizing.” – Iris, teacher

Born and raised in ...

China House Student Fellows,

Various Schools, China

By China House Student Fellows Xinjian Lyu, Chenxing Ji, Yuncheng Chi, Shizhen Gu

Guangzhou, one of the most developed cities in China, has become a popular place among foreign immigrants. The majority of immigrants here in Guangzhou are Africans who seek better business opportunities.

According to the data on we-medias, ...

China’s Once Obscure Auto Brands Are Building a Loyal Following in Critical African Markets

The Haval Jolion’s jump to number two in South Africa’s SUV market is the latest indication of the growing popularity of Chinese-made vehicles in Africa. Great Wall’s P Series pickup is also ...

African Iron Ore Producers Poised to Benefit From Supply Constraints Brought on By Disruptions in Australia and Brazil

File image of the Pilabra iron ore mine in Western Australia.
Strong demand from Chinese steel mills, combined with supply disruptions in two of the world’s largest iron ore producing countries, Brazil and Australia, will help to maintain near record-high ore prices, according to analyst forecasts. ...
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