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A One-Day Social Media Rally Took Place This Week to Show Solidarity With Africans in China

The modified Chinese flag that online activists used for a one-day rally on Monday May 4, 2020 to protest reports of anti-African discrimination in China.
For 24-hours on Monday social media activists and others switched their profile pictures to a black Chinese flag (photo above) and used the hashtag #BlackChina to declare their anger towards the Chinese government for the ...

New China-Africa Movie Release: “A Foreign Daughter-in-Law in the Village”

A China-Africa love story is set to be released on the big screen in China soon. The film “A daughter-in-law in the village” tells the story of a young couple who returns to the groom’s ...

U.S. Congressional Commission Releases New Report on Chinese Engagement in Africa

The United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a congressionally-mandated commission responsible for monitoring and investigating national security and trade issues between the United States and China, released a new report on Chinese ...

David Dollar: U.S. May Resist Expanding IMF’s Special Drawing Rights as Could Help Expand Chinese Influence

African countries have been lobbying for the International Monetary Fund to provide emergency financing known as Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) to help them cope with the economic consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak. But 

New Details, Photos Emerge Following Osun State Raid on an Allegedly Illegal Chinese Mining Operation

Government authorities in the southwestern Nigerian state of Osun released new information and photos about Sunday’s raid on an allegedly Chinese-run illegal mining operation. Deputy Chief of Staff to the State Governor, Abdullahi Binuyo (photo ...

The Chinese Embassy’s Response to Representative Benjamin Kalu’s Motion to Check the Immigration Status of Chinese Nationals in Nigeria

Shortly after Representative Kalu introduced his motion in the Nigerian House of Representatives, the Chinese embassy responded with a short statement, published only in Chinese, on the embassy website.  The embassy framed its objection against ...

Nigerian Representative Benjamin Kalu Explains Why He Wants to Check the Immigration Status of Every Chinese National in the Country

Nigerian Representative Benjamin Kalu speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives where he introduced a motion to check the immigration status of every Chinese national in the country.
The following is a transcription of a 13-part Twitter thread published by Nigerian Representative Benjamin Kalu that explains the motivations behind his recent motion to heighten immigration enforcement against Chinese illegal immigrants. Earlier, ...

Meet Lin Jing: China’s Newest “Wolf Warrior” in Africa

China’s Consul General in Cape Town, Lin Jing, is emerging as one of China’s newest so-called “Wolf Warrior” diplomats who’s spending a lot more time on Twitter taking direct shots at the U.S. and other ...

One of Kenya’s Major Newspapers Wades Into the Sensitive Debate Over Chinese Accountability for COVID-19

One of Kenya’s leading newspapers waded into the highly sensitive territory over accountability for COVID-19 and the origin of the deadly virus.  Although today’s editorial in The Standard newspaper is the publication’s first on the ...

Representative Benjamin Kalu: “We Want to Know How Many Chinese Are in Nigeria”

Nigerian Representative Benjamin Kalu appeared on Plus TV to discuss the motion he submitted in the House of Representatives calling for immigration checks of every Chinese national in the country. 

Has the Anti-African Discrimination in Guangzhou Really Been Contained? It Depends Who You Ask

(FILES) This file photo taken on March 2, 2018 shows people gathering on a street in the "Little Africa" district in Guangzhou. Fred DUFOUR / AFP
While the Chinese central government and provincial authorities in Guangdong repeat over and over that all the issues that led to the mistreatment of Africans in Guangzhou have been settled, a steady flow of reports ...

A Desire to Move the Guangzhou Narrative Beyond Polarization

While African social media, Nigeria’s legislature, and media outlets across the continent boil with rage over the reports of maltreatment and discrimination against Africans in China, some Chinese commenters are calling for more nuance in ...

Prominent Africa Scholar in China Says COVID-19 & Guangzhou Provides Opportunity for Chinese and Africans to “Reflect on How We View Each Other”

File photo of Peking University Associate Professor Liu Haifang (刘海方) giving a lecture at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo via Peking University Facebook page.
In a subtle yet important recognition of the burgeoning chasm between Chinese and African civil societies, one of China’s most prominent Africa scholars, Dr. Liu Haifang from Beijing University, called on scholars and other researchers ...

Video Released of This Week’s Police Raid of Alleged Illegal Chinese Gold Mining Operation in Nigeria

There’s new video available that shows Nigerian authorities in Zamfara state raiding the home of two Chinese nationals who allegedly ran an illegal gold mining operation. They were arrested and have been transferred to a ...

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The Lives of African Youth Need to Be on the Climate Agenda in Glasgow

Our podcast conversation this week with the Kenyan economist Anzetse Were was a feast of insights. Among these was her point that there is a massive lag between financing for climate mitigation versus climate adaptation. The former refers to measures directly aimed at reducing future greenhouse gas emissions that further worsen global warming. The latter relates to how we’ll adapt our societies to deal with the emissions already in our atmosphere. These ...

Outspoken Kenyan MP Warns China: We Can Do to Your People What You Did to Ours

Kenyan MP Babu Owino issued a stark warning to the Chinese government this week during a press conference in Nairobi where he condemned the reported recent maltreatment and discrimination against Kenyans and other Africans in Guangzhou. ...

A Ugandan State-Owned Newspaper Issues Correction Over Taiwan

The state-owned New Vision newspaper in Uganda issued a correction on Tuesday for referring to Tsai Ing-wen as the “President of Taiwan,” rather than how China describes her role: as the “leader of the Taiwan ...

African Celebrities, Billionaires, Activists, and Students All Speak Out on Current Challenges in the China-Africa Relationship

Cheddar aka Freedom Jacob Caesar
In the immediate aftermath of the crisis in Guangzhou, the discourse over what happened was dominated by political leaders, official spokespeople on all sides, and state-run media outlets. Civil society stakeholders, for the most part, ...

On Their First Day Back in Session, Nigeria’s House of Representatives Put Chinese Immigrants on the Agenda

Members of Nigeria's House of Representatives during a plenary session on April 28, 2020. Photo via @HouseNGR.
On their first day back from a five-week recess, Nigeria’s House of Representatives did not waste any time in addressing the still-simmering issue of the treatment of Nigerians and other Africans by Chinese authorities in ...

Report: Workers at a Private Chinese Mining Company in Zimbabwe Blinded From “Dodgy” COVID-19 Tests, Embassy Responds Defensively

The Chinese embassy in Harare is confronting a new public relations crisis related to a reportedly private Chinese gold mining company in Zimbabwe that allegedly used sub-standard COVID-19 testing equipment that injured, even blinded, an ...

Fact-Checking The Claim That Chinese Medical Aid Received in Ghana Has Been Contaminated With COVID-19

Fake news and other rumors started to circulate widely on Ghanaian social media this month claiming that imported personal protective equipment from China was infected with COVID-19:  “As long as they allowed materials from china ...

China’s Role in Africa Emerging as Key Conservative Talking Point in U.S. Push For COVID-19 Blame

Conservative U.S. politicians and their respective media are focusing more attention lately on Chinese COVID-19 aid in Africa to highlight what they perceive as Beijing’s plan to use this current crisis to expand its influence ...

The Guardian: Anti-African Discrimination Persists in Guangzhou

A photo shot on Monday at a restaurant in Beijing that displayed a sign in the front window informing patrons of their policy not to serve foreigners. Photo posted on Twitter by Ama Sande (@AmaSande), UNAIDS Country Director & Representative to the People's Republic of China.
Despite repeated assurances by the Chinese government and media that discrimination does not exist in Guangzhou or elsewhere in China, The Guardian newspaper reports that African nationals in the southern ...

Tweet of the Day: According to China It’s Not OK to say “Chinese Virus” or “Wuhan Virus” but “African Horse Sickness” and “African Swine Fever” is Perfectly Fine

Few issues are more sensitive in China today than referring to COVID-19 as the “Wuhan Virus” or “Chinese Virus” as some U.S. politicians and right-wing journalists choose to do. It miffs the Chinese to no ...

African Calls to Onshore Manufacturing From China Grow Louder but Investors Urge Caution

During a recent speech where he unveiled an R800 billion rescue package to combat the effects of the COVID-19 crisis, South African Finance Minister Tito Mboweni also laid out an ambitious ...

Professor: Who Needs “Debt Traps” When China Can Just Buy African Assets on the Cheap?

University of Notre Dame China scholar, Professor Joshua Eisenman, used this month’s $221 million equity infusion by the state-owned China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) into the Lekki Deep Sea Port Project currently under construction at the ...

There’s Growing Concern in the U.S. That Debt Relief for Africa and Other Developing Regions Would Just Help China

There is mounting concern in the United States that calls for debt relief from Africa and other developing regions that have been hit hard by COVID-19 and the subsequent economic crisis will only help those ...

Tweet of the Day: Chinese Diplomats Do Their Best to Challenge the “Negative Narrative”

China’s diplomatic Twitter accounts in Africa are pushing back against the surge of negative news that has emerged both on social and traditional media over the past several weeks. In this particular instance, the Chinese ...

Anti-African Racism Was Partly to Blame for What Happened in Guangzhou, But China’s Political System is the Bigger Reason

Chinese YouTuber Simon Yu provides a clear, concise explanation for why incentives within China’s rigid meritocratic political system were largely to blame for the poor treatment of Africans and other foreigners in Guangzhou in recent ...

Ma Tianjie: After Guangzhou, 3 Things Will Shape China-Africa “Brotherhood”

(FILES) This file photo taken on March 2, 2018 shows people gathering on a street in the "Little Africa" district in Guangzhou. Fred DUFOUR / AFP
Ma Tianjie is one of China’s most well-known environmental journalists and the creator of the popular “Chublic Opinion” blog that tracks Chinese public opinion on current events. In his latest column ...

Amid Political Turmoil in Nigeria, Speaker of the House Femi Gbajabiamila Emerges as a Key Player in Managing the Crisis With China

Femi Gbajabiamila has emerged as a central player in managing his country’s various recent crises with China, including the uproar over the arrival of a 15-member Chinese medical team, and the ongoing disputes over reports ...
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