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Conservative U.S. Media Outlets Focus Their Ire on China’s Ambassador to South Africa

ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP
China’s ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, tweeted for the first time just six months ago. If the outspoken envoy planned from the beginning to use his new social media presence to provoke the United ...

In the Diplomatic Optics Game, China Shows That it Can Get Things Done to Help Fortify Africa Against COVID-19

Now that the COVID-19 crisis in China is receding, Chinese officials are stepping up their efforts to help other countries in their fight against the deadly virus. Although in many instances the amount of aid, ...

Chinese Twitter Accounts Aim to Sow Doubt About COVID-19 Origins

One of the hallmarks of the Chinese campaign against the notion that COVID-19 originated from one of Wuhan’s live animal food markets is to promote the idea that scientists are investigating ...

Chinese Social Media Accounts in Africa Weigh in on the Escalating Dispute Over COVID-19’s Origins

China’s outspoken Ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, is emerging as one of Beijing’s leading spokespeople to rebut the well-documented assertion that the COVID-19 outbreak originated at an outdoor food market, known commonly as “wet ...

China Bankrolled Massive Borrowing Among Africa’s Major Oil Exporters But What Happens Now That Crude Prices Have Crashed?

Image via Quartz.
Consider that on Thursday, February 20th, the price of a barrel of Angolan Cabinda oil was $62.19. Yesterday, just 26 days later, the price had fallen by almost half to $32.21. ...

Chinese Concessional Loans are Going to Look a Lot More Attractive to African Borrowers Now that Eurobond Interest Rates Are Going Through the Roof

The cost of borrowing money for a number of African governments is skyrocketing amid the worsening global economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak and the implosion of the OPEC+ alliance.

China’s Ambassador to South Africa Really Seems Like He’s Trolling the United States Government

China’s outspoken ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, tweeted an offer for assistance to the United States in their fight against COVID-19, a gesture many in Washington probably view as disingenuous. 

From Ship to Rail to Air, Kenya’s Trade With China Slowing to a Halt

Mark RALSTON / AFP
Chinese port activity increased in March in what many see as the first good news to come out of China’s hobbled economy since the COVID-19 outbreak effectively shut down the economy last month. ...

Jack Ma to Donate Tens of Thousands of COVID-19 Test Kits and Face Masks to Countries Across Africa

Former Alibaba CEO Jack Ma and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali on Sunday discussed a large donation of COVID-19 test kits and masks that will be distributed to countries throughout Africa.

Evacuees From Wuhan Thrilled to Finally be Home But South Africans Divided Over Whether it Was Worth the Risk

At least 114 evacuees, some reports say as many as 122, returned home from Wuhan, China on Saturday when they landed at the Polokwane International Airport in the northern province of Limpopo. They ...

Egyptian Tourism Authorities Scramble to do Damage Control Following Viral Video of Chinese Tourist Abandoned by Taxi Drivers Shouting “Corona Corona!”

Egyptian tourism authorities are hoping that some flowers and a sincere apology to a Chinese tourist will make up for him being kicked out of a taxi and humiliated by drivers shouting “corona corona!” on ...

As South Africans Prepare to Leave Wuhan, Evacuation Hopes Fade For Other Africans Left Behind

The imminent evacuation of 122 South Africans from Wuhan will likely be the last such rescue mission to bring home Africans stranded in China. Now that the infection rate in Wuhan, the epicenter of the ...

Racially Charged Conspiracy Theories About Why COVID-19 is Rarer in Africa Circulate Widely on African Twitter

While COVID-19 is now rapidly spreading in Europe and the United States, Africa, as far as we know, has so far largely been spared. This has prompted a heated discussion online about why the continent ...

As the COVID-19 Crisis Recedes at Home, China Promises New Support for African Countries

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang addressed Africa’s struggle against COVID-19 at yesterday’s regular press briefing in Beijing. Geng acknowledged that a number of African countries had provided China with money and supplies in recent ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Our Haunted Moment

Today we’re featuring a fascinating conversation with the Congolese analyst Christian-Geraud Neema Byamungu about recent developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Our Haunted Moment

Today we’re featuring a fascinating conversation with the Congolese analyst Christian-Geraud Neema Byamungu about recent developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Which Way is West?

One of the fun aspects of the China-Africa Project is that we don’t always agree. The work of pulling in different perspectives means that how we see reality is itself a negotiation, drawing on our different backgrounds. For example, one of the issues where Eric and I diverge is on whether the concept of The West makes any sense.

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The Global Marketplace Versus the Global South

This week The Guardian carried two articles about China’s growing influence in the Pacific Island region. The first, under the headline “Pacific Plunder,” highlights how China imports more wood, fish, and minerals from Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and elsewhere than any other major importer.

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Africa-China Nerds, Get Ready!

Today was a landmark day for the China-Africa Project. We got to interview Wu Peng, the Director-General of the Department of African Affairs at the Chinese Foreign Ministry. Director-General Wu is China’s most senior official focusing on Africa, and it was a rare privilege to speak with him. We also included questions from several African stakeholders, touching on a wide range of issues from debt to climate change.

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China’s Tech Lead in Africa Highlights B3W’s Biggest Problem

When Joe Biden took over from Donald Trump, many predicted that Trump’s foreign policy would soon follow him out the door. A few months down the line, it’s become clear that they agreed more frequently than expected even if their styles are very different. One example is their shared hostility towards Chinese technology companies. Trump’s campaign against Chinese companies’ work in third countries has essentially continued unchanged. Only it has ...

Global Leadership Stories

The United States’s hurried withdrawal from Afghanistan revealed the messy space where the discourse about international leadership meets leadership on the ground. Even as many are criticizing the role that various Western fantasies of nation-building/democratization/containment/management have played in the debacle, it’s still unclear what a Western reckoning with these fantasies will look like.

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The Impossibility of Learning from Afghanistan

The story of China in the Global South has always carried a frisson in the West. A large part of that feeling has to do with China’s size, the way it simply doesn’t fit into any of the categories the West uses to classify and understand the non-West.

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Time is Running Out to Jump Out of the Fire

The new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s massive new report makes for scary reading. The UN Secretary-General António Guterres called it a ‘code red for humanity’ and that’s probably understating the level of danger.

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The West’s Ignorance About What China’s Doing in Africa is a Feature Not a Bug

Those of us who concentrate on Africa-China relations have long warned that the current framing of the relationship as a zero-sum arena in a new cold war strips African states of agency.

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South Africans to be Evacuated From Wuhan Will be Home by Friday Says Government

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa posing with members of the SA military who will take part in the mission to evacuate South Africans stranded in Wuhan, China. Photo via @PresidencyZA.
After weeks of delays and uncertainty, details of the operation to evacuate 122 South African nationals from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the COVID-19 epidemic, were suddenly revealed on Tuesday.

With an Eye on China, Europe Unveils New Africa Strategy

European Union ministers for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell gives a press conference on EU's new strategy with Africa on March 9, 2020. JOHN THYS / AFP
15 years after the European Union published its last strategy document for Africa, EU foreign policy leaders have come up with a new policy vision for the continent that officials unveiled on Monday. ...

South Africans in Wuhan Wait and Wonder When They’ll be Evacuated

A deserted street in Wuhan, China's central Hubei province on March 8, 2020. NOEL CELIS / AFP
Hundreds of South African nationals stranded in Wuhan, China are growing despondent in response to the lack of any update from officials in Pretoria over their planned evacuation.  ...

Chinese Ambassadors in Africa Amplify Beijing’s New Line That COVID-19 Isn’t “Made in China”

Chinese diplomats in Africa are really stepping up their efforts to try and persuade everyone that COVID-19 did not originate in China. Last week Ambassador Wu Peng in Kenya used this line and ...

Did a Chinese Woman Die From COVID-19 in Zimbabwe? Depends on Who You Believe

Here’s what we know: a woman from the eastern city of Mutare who recently returned from China made it to Wilkins hospital in Harare where she checked herself in complaining of symptoms consistent with those ...

Africans May Dislike Their Dependence on Imported Chinese Goods, But There Isn’t Much They Can Do About It

Workers produce mobile phone handsets at a factory in Shenzhen, in southern China's Guangdong province. STR / AFP
With a majority of China’s ports and factories still offline due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, African businesses are starting to run very low on supplies of products sourced in China, prompting discussions about where ...

CAP Expert Network

Frangton Chiyemura

Lecturer in International Development
The Open University

Beatrice Matiri

Managing Director
GVC Growth Concepts

Mohammed Al-Sudairi

Senior Researcher
King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies

Rosie Wigmore

Policy Analyst
Development Reimagined

Zixiang Zhou

Policy & Advocacy Associate
Bridge Consulting (Beijing) Co., Ltd.

Lukas Fiala

Student and London Director
Oxford China Africa Consultancy

Georg Lammich

Research Associate
University of Duisburg-Essen

Chiponda Chimbelu

Journalist
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With Inventories of Chinese-made Products Running Low Across Africa, Shop Owners Wonder What’s Next

Vendors sit in front of their shop in the deserted China Commercial City shopping center, popularly called "China Town", in Ojota in Lagos on February 27, 2020. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP
China-Africa trade has essentially come to a halt due to the worsening COVID-19 outbreak around the world, adding new pressure on small business owners across Africa who make a living selling imported Chinese goods. Now ...

The COVID-19 Crisis is Rapidly Evolving From a Health Crisis to an Economic Crisis to a Governance Crisis for Some African Leaders

Largely spared of the serious health consequences from the COVID-19 outbreak around the world, the crisis in Africa is now rapidly evolving into an economic and now, increasingly, a political crisis as constituents in a ...

The #WuhanShake Makes it to Africa

The “Wuhan Shake” that’s been trending on Twitter for the past few days has made its way from China all the way to the State House in Tanzania. After talks with National Convention for Construction and ...

This Week’s Viral Video of Two Chinese People Being Harassed in Kenya Sparks an Unusual Response on Twitter: Sympathy

A longer 30-second version of the viral video of two Chinese nationals being verbally accosted by a group of Kenyan men shouting “you’re corona!” started to circulate on Twitter yesterday and provoked an unexpected response ...

With No End in Sight, Livelihoods in Kenya Now at Risk Due to COVID-19 Trade Crisis

File photo of the Port of Mombasa in Kenya. AFP.
With China’s factories and ports still struggling to get back up to speed, the massive disruptions to the global supply chain are being felt disproportionately among small-to-medium-sized enterprises in countries like Kenya.

It’s Official: South Africa Is in Recession and COVID-19 Is Making Things Much Worse

The South African government confirmed what investors had long suspected: the economy slipped into recession at the end of last year. New GDP data released on Tuesday by Stats SA reveals the economy is officially ...

While South Africans Prepare to Evacuate, China’s Deputy Ambassador to Zimbabwe Tells Anxious Parents It’s Better Their Kids Remain in Wuhan

China’s Deputy Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Zhao Baogang, convened a meeting with the parents of students currently stuck in Wuhan at the embassy in Harare on Tuesday. Amid reports of dwindling food supplies and worsening mental ...

STUDENT xCHANGE

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, ...

“Evacuation Details Under Wraps so We Can’t Spill It to the Media”

Wuhan, China. January 30, 2020. Hector RETAMAL / AFP
The 151 South Africans who have signed up to be evacuated from Wuhan, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, are anxiously awaiting details about when the operation will take place. At present, they don’t even ...

South African Agriculture Struggles Amid COVID-19 Trade Disruptions

John Purchase, CEO of the South African agriculture chamber of commerce, Agbiz, spoke with CNBC on Monday about the impact that worsening trade disruptions are having on the local agricultural sector. Purchase said farmers are ...
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