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The News Feed is a curated selection of the most important China-Africa news edited by CAP’s editors in Asia and Africa.

Positive Perceptions of China Hold Steady in Africa, Says New Polling Data

The overwhelming majority of residents in 34 African states believe that China’s influence in their country is largely positive, according to the latest survey results from the independent, non-partisan public opinion research ...

Two Prominent Africa Scholars in China Analyze Blinken’s First Trip as Secretary of State to the Continent

HEADLINE TRANSLATION: Blinken will visit three countries in Africa. Does the Biden administration want to "catch up" with China?
Africa-watchers in China are closely following U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s first trip to the continent as Secretary of State. Blinken arrived in Kenya on Monday and will also travel to Nigeria and Senegal ...

“America Will Never Oust China From Africa by Blaming Africans, but by Improving Its Own Policy to Africa.”

Rama Yade, director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C.
Rama Yade, director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council think tank dedicated her regular “Africa’s Time Has Come” video post on Twitter to the subject of Chinese engagement in Africa and what she ...

FOCAC PERSPECTIVES: If China Wants to Improve Its Standing With African Publics, It Should Promote Transparency and Insist on the Publication of Loan Contracts

Every day leading up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation conference on November 29th and 30th, CAP will feature perspectives from journalists, academics, activists, and business leaders about what they hope will emerge from the ...

President Samia Suluhu Hassan Inaugurates Tanzania’s New Chinese-Financed/Built National Defense College

China’s campaign to build critical government infrastructure in Africa (aka “Building Diplomacy”) marked another accomplishment on Sunday when Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who also happens to be the Commander in Chief of the Armed ...

Chinese Trucks, Buses, Cars, SUVs, Vans… Gas Powered, Electric Powered… You Name It, They’re Coming to Africa

Great Wall Motors electric P-Series pick up truck is now on sale in Zimbabwe. Image via GWM.
Chinese automakers have set their sights on the Africa market and are moving fast to grab market share from legacy players in the combustion engine side of the business and to snag the first-mover advantage ...

Liberia’s House of Reps Blocks Controversial Chinese Mining Deal

File image of the Liberian legislature.
A fascinating political struggle is playing out in Liberia over a controversial 25-year iron ore deal with Chinese company BAO Chico. Last week, the Senate ratified the deal in what critics contend was ...

Tensions are Rising Between Chinese Mining Companies and Rural Communities in Zimbabwe

A June 2021 headline from the Daily Mirror newspaper in Zimbabwe that reflects the steadily escalating tensions between Chinese mining companies and rural local communities.
This year has seen steadily rising tensions between Chinese companies and local communities in rural Zimbabwe. These communities live in areas where Chinese firms have been expanding their granite, diamond, and other mining and construction ...

Antony Blinken Heads to Africa For First Trip as Secretary of State

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will begin a week-long, three-nation tour of Africa on Monday, making up for a trip that was originally scheduled in August but canceled so the Secretary could focus on ...

U.S. Generals Continue to Insist China Plans to Build New Military Bases in Africa Even Though There’s No Evidence

Maj. Gen. William Zana, the most senior U.S. officer in Africa, told NBC News that he believes China plans to build more military outposts in Africa. Image via NBC News.
The United States military is turning up the volume on its longstanding allegation that China is actively considering building new military bases around the world, including in four African countries. The Pentagon ...

How the U.S. Allegation Over More Chinese Bases in Africa Fits into a Broader U.S. Narrative

The conservative Heritage Foundation’s Senior Policy Analyst for Africa and the Middle East, Joshua Meservey, commented on Friday about the U.S. Defense Department report that included the allegation that China is considering ...

World Bank Chief David Malpass on Debt Transparency and the Challenges of Working With the Chinese

World Bank President David Malpass speaking Margaret Brennan on CBS News' Face the Nation program. Image via CBS.
World Bank President David Malpass pushed back against the suggestion that China engages in predatory lending to developing countries and instead described the lack of transparency in working with China as a “challenge.” Malpass made ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Washington’s Answer to the BRI Takes Shape as New Details About B3W Emerge

U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Daleep Singh with Ghana Vice President Bawumia. Image via U.S. Embassy in Ghana.
The U.S. government is now considering as many as 50 infrastructure projects for its new B3W initiative, which is aimed at countering China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Earlier this week, administration officials hinted at around 20 ...

FOCAC PERSPECTIVES: Hoping the Journalists Do a Better Job Covering FOCAC And Avoid All Those “Tired Tropes”

Every day leading up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation conference on November 29th and 30th, CAP will feature perspectives from journalists, academics, activists, and business leaders about what they hope will emerge from the ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

FOCAC’s Powerful Optics Present a Challenge to China’s Rivals

FOCAC is for me what the Winter Olympics is for a curling fan – the one moment every few years when the world briefly shares one’s obsession. So it was interesting (and revealing) how relatively muted the coverage of the triennial meeting has been this time around.

In part, this is due to the fact that FOCAC 8 itself has been slightly smaller than usual. It was held at the ...

Congolese Workers Face “Dire Conditions” in Foreign-Owned Cobalt Mines, Says NGO

A man carries a bag of material dug from mine waste as workers search for leftover cobalt somewhere between Lubumbashi and Kolwezi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. EDERICO SCOPPA / AFP
DR Congo’s cobalt mining sector is notorious for worker abuse and exploitation. Until now, most of the focus has been on the informal, or artisanal mines where there is no government or corporate oversight, and ...

Chinese Mining Companies in the DRC Are Once Again Revving Up Their PR Efforts in a Bid to Improve Their Image

The photo and text from a Sicomines Tweet was copied verbatim and re-posted on the Congolese news site Actualite.cd -- most likely as part of a paid media campaign.
If there was any doubt that Chinese mining companies were paying for positive media coverage in the Congolese press, a pair of tweets on Wednesday (photo) should settle the issue. The Sino-Congolese mining giant Sicomines ...

South African Retail Giant Woolworths Turns to China’s SAIC For New Electrified Delivery Vans

Image courtesy of Woolworths
When South African online shoppers get their groceries delivered from the retail giant Woolworths, they’ll come in one of the company’s new Chinese-made electric-powered delivery vans. Woolworths announced that it will use the Shanghai-based auto ...

Mounting Expectations that China Will “Bring a Big Checkbook to FOCAC 2021”

As the 8th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) conference in Dakar nears, expectations in some quarters are rising that China will once again play the role of financier for African development and COVID-19 mitigation. At ...

FOCAC PERSPECTIVES: This Year’s FOCAC Will Serve as a “Moment of Truth” For China-Africa Relations

Every day leading up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation conference on November 29th and 30th, CAP will feature perspectives from journalists, academics, activists, and business leaders about what they hope will emerge from the ...

China’s UN Envoy Criticizes U.S. Sanctions Against Ethiopia, Pushes Instead For Multilateral Response

Chinese ambassador to the United Nations Zhang Jun speaking to the Security Council about China's position on Ethiopia.
The brief respite from U.S.-Chinese sniping at the United Nations over the deteriorating situation in Ethiopia came to an abrupt end this week. The two countries had momentarily put aside their differences on Friday

Chinese Media Coverage of the Crisis in Ethiopia Also Weaves in Longstanding Grievances Against the U.S.

HEADLINE TRANSLATION: As the "Tigray People's Liberation Front" approached [Addis Ababa] step by step, the Ethiopian people took to the streets to warn the United States: don't treat us like Afghanistan
Over the past week, there’s been a noticeable increase in the frequency of media coverage on both online news sites and state-run channels in China about the burgeoning conflict in Ethiopia. It does not appear ...

China Dismisses the White House’s B3W Plan

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Wang Wenbin. Image via the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin was asked to comment on Tuesday about the news that the U.S. plans to launch its Build Back Better World global infrastructure program in January. The ...

Hannah Ryder on the Importance of China Continuing the Tradition of Announcing a Big Financial Commitment at FOCAC

File image of China's President Xi Jinping (C) speaks as South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa (L) and Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo (R) look on, during the Forum On China-Africa Cooperation - Round Table Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on September 4, 2018. Lintao Zhang / POOL / AFP
The highlight of every FOCAC, at least measured by the quantity of news headlines, is the size of the big financial package that’s unveiled at the end of the triennial conference. In 2012 it was ...

Tshisekedi Checks in on the Progress of Kinshasa’s Vast New China-built Cultural Center

Chinese ambassador to the DRC Zhu Jing conducting a site inspection with President Félix Tshiskedi of the new Chinese-built cultural center in Kinshasa. Image via the Chinese embassy in the DRC.
DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi joined Ambassador Zhu Jing on Monday for a tour of the construction site of the new cultural center that China is financing and constructing in Kinshasa. When ...

FOCAC PERSPECTIVES: African Civil Society Stakeholders Hope FOCAC Will Lead to a More Inclusive Dialogue With China That Promotes Industrialization and Sustainable Development

Every day leading up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation conference on November 29th and 30th, CAP will feature perspectives from journalists, academics, activists and business leaders about what they hope will emerge from the ...

Daily Life For Chinese Residents in Addis Ababa is Becoming Increasingly Difficult

Many stores have closed in the Ethiopian capital due to a lack of supplies and a rapid increase in costs due to the depreciating value of the local currency. EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP
With the security situation in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa becoming increasingly tenuous, supply chains for daily necessities are becoming strained making it difficult for everyone, including the city’s Chinese diaspora community, to secure enough ...

U.S. Hints at January Launch For Build Back Better World Initiative That Aims to Challenge China’s Belt and Road

U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Daleep Singh with Ghana Vice President Bawumia. Image via U.S. Embassy in Ghana.
An unnamed senior U.S. official told reporters on Monday that the Biden administration is planning to announce the launch of its Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative as soon as January ...

It’ll Be Months Before We Know the First B3W Projects, But the Battle Between the U.S. and China Over African Mobile Telecoms is Already Underway

U.S. officials have not let on which projects they will support as part of the new B3W plan, their latest effort to blunt China’s infrastructure dominance in the Global South and the Belt and Road ...

If B3W is Supposed to Rally “Like-Minded Democracies” to Confront China in the Global South, Then the U.S. Has a Big Problem

U.S. President Joe Biden tours the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Arvada, Colorado, on September 14, 2021, before delivering a speech on the infrastructure deal and the Build Back Better agenda. Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP
Building a coalition of “like-minded democracies” to challenge China’s Belt and Road Initiative in developing countries was a founding principle of U.S. President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better World initiative when ...

For the Second Day in a Row, Liberia’s Daily Observer Editorial Board Slams Government Over Secrecy in Chinese Mining Deal

The Editorial Board at one of Liberia’s largest newspapers, the Daily Observer, is keeping up the pressure on the government by demanding for the second day in a row that it ...
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