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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.

With an Eye on China, South Africa Keeps Ports and Fishing Industry Open During Lockdown

Image by Peter Holmes from Pixabay
While most South Africans are required to stay indoors during the ongoing 21-day lockdown to combat the COVID-19 outbreak, fishermen and dock-workers are still on the job. Both the seafood industry and the ...

Africans Worry About Quality of Donated Chinese COVID-19 Aid Following Reports of Defective Masks in Europe

Earlier this week I wrote a story about the reputational risks associated with China’s so-called “Mask Diplomacy” initiative where it’s donating millions of PPE to countries around the world. The basic premise of ...

As South Africans Begin Their Lockdown Period, Compatriots Back in Wuhan Offer Some Advice on How to Cope

Now that the 114 South Africans who were evacuated from Wuhan last month have been cleared and allowed to return home, Eyewitness News interviewed a number of students and other expatriates who stayed behind in ...

Rebound in Chinese Manufacturing Provides a Small, Badly Needed Boost to African Oil Prices

A worker wearing a protective face mask works on a car seat assembly line at Yanfeng Adient factory in Shanghai on February 24, 2020. Noel Celis / AFP
New data confirming that China’s manufacturing sector is slowly coming back to life helped to give a badly needed boost to African commodity and currency prices on Tuesday.  China’s Purchasing Managers Index, a key metric ...

Tweet of the Day: China’s Deputy Ambassador to Zimbabwe Uses Less Than Diplomatic Language to Describe the U.S. President

China’s typically non-combative deputy ambassador to Zimbabwe, Zhao Baogang, revealed his feelings about Donald Trump, accusing the U.S. president of being “arrogant” and “lying all the time.” This is a rather sharp rhetorical escalation ...

Chinese Companies in Zimbabwe Pay for Major Renovation of Harare’s Main COVID-19 Care Center

Workers at Harare’s central medical center, Wilkins Hospital, are putting the final touches on a major renovation project that was funded by Chinese companies operating in Zimbabwe. It’s not immediately clear which companies were involved ...

Huawei Joins COVID-19 Relief Effort in East Africa With High Tech Donations

Huawei Enterprise Business Group Executive Director Bai Chengyu and Natumanya Edmund, an I.T specialist at Huawei Uganda, demonstrate a new video conferencing system donated by the Chinese company to the Ugandan Ministry of Health.
The Chinese telecom giant Huawei is stepping up its CSR efforts in East Africa to support governments in the region with various technology solutions to aid their fight to contain the outbreak of COVID-19. These ...

Beijing’s “Mask Diplomacy” Now a Simmering Issue in the Increasingly Acrimonious U.S.-China Relationship

U.S. policymakers, journalists and other Washington, D.C. stakeholders have noted with growing alarm how China is leveraging the distribution of masks and other PPE used to contain COVID-19 to advance its diplomatic agenda around the ...

Kenya Star Newspaper Fact Checks Allegation China Sending COVID-19 Infected Mattresses to Africa

Quick update on the story we told you about yesterday regarding the fake news posts circulating around the African internet warning people that China is sending mattresses and clothing infected with COVID-19 from Wuhan and ...

A Simple Twitter Typo Sparked Accusations That Zimbabwe Officials Made Off With Jack Ma’s Donated COVID-19 Safety Gear

Someone on either the social media team at the Chinese embassy in Harare or the Ministry of Health in Harare made a critical typo that prompted immediate speculation that Zimbabwean officials had fleeced the COVID-19 ...

DRC President’s Refusal to Wear Mask in Meeting With Chinese Ambassador Sparks Concern

China’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo met with President Félix Tshisekedi yesterday in Kinshasa and while they did maintain a proper distance from one another, the president’s refusal to wear a mask ...

African Twitter Responds to Hantavirus Death in China

A Tweet by the Chinese state-run Global Times newspaper about a man dying from Hantavirus on a bus going to Shandong province in China sparked fears — unfounded — on African Twitter ...

Fake COVID-19 News and Misinformation Now Rampant on African WhatsApp Channels and Social Media

With COVID-19 now steadily making its way across Africa, misleading or downright false information is becoming an increasingly serious problem across the continent. Posts like this one warn Africans on Twitter and WhatsApp about buying ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

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 ...

Joy and Relief as Jack Ma’s Donated Masks and COVID-19 Test Kits Make Their Way to Countries Across Africa

A donation from Chinese billionaire Jack Ma of masks, COVID-19 test kits and other materials arrive in Tanzania.
Ethiopian Airlines jets packed with medical supplies donated by Chinese billionaire and philanthropist Jack Ma landed at airports across Africa yesterday. Each country is to receive an equal allocation of masks, COVID-19 testing kits and ...

U.S. Conservative Media Now Fully Enraged About China’s Former Ambassador to South Africa Lin Songtian… And Maybe That’s All Part of the Plan

China’s outspoken, charismatic ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, is reportedly preparing to leave the country today, according to a report by journalist Peter Fabricius in the Daily Maverick. In the report, 

Chinese Embassy in Botswana Uses Facebook to Slam U.S. Over Failure to Deliver COVID-19 Donation

The Chinese embassy in Botswana has joined the growing chorus of Chinese diplomatic social media accounts in escalating anti-U.S. rhetoric. In a strongly-worded post published on the embassy’s Facebook page, the mission alleged that none ...

Context Matters: No Matter How Much Good Press China’s Getting Over its COVID-19 Relief Efforts, the U.S. Far Outspends the Chinese in African Public Health

Popular Nigerian political commentator Onye Nkuzi (nom de plume) reminded his 155,000+ followers on Twitter that while China may be getting a lot of attention for its recent COVID-19 relief efforts, ...

Millions of Masks and COVID-19 Test Kits Donated by Alibaba’s Jack Ma Arrive in Africa

An Ethiopian Airlines cargo plane at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa loaded with large amounts of supplies donated by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma to help Africa combat the spread of COVID-19. Photo via Xinhua.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the distribution of the millions of masks, testing kits and other medical supplies donated by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma will begin as early as today. The Boeing 777 Ethiopian ...

China’s Aid Push and COVID-19 Revisionism Rankles the U.S.

The U.S. President and his supporters in conservative media are determined to link COVID-19 with China by insisting on referring to it as “Chinese” or “Wuhan virus” over the objections of the World Health Organization ...

China Leveraging Its Deeply-embedded Media Ties in Africa to Tell its COVID-19 Aid Story

The Chinese government is leveraging its vast content distribution network in Africa to tell its story about its rapidly expanding anti-COVID-19 relief effort that’s now underway. Articles written by Xinhua and other state-run media outlets ...

China Leveraging New Aid Push to “Flip the Script” on the COVID-19 Story Says China Scholar

The highly coordinated Chinese COVID-19 relief effort that is underway around the world is in part intended to provide badly-needed supplies to countries in need but also to shift the narrative about China’s role in ...

China Launches Massive Global COVID-19 Aid Campaign in Africa

China's Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zhu Jing, hands over a donation of supplies to fight the spread of COVID-19 to representatives of the World Health Organization. Image via WHO.
Over the past several days China has rapidly escalated relief efforts in Africa and elsewhere around the world to help governments to contain the spread of COVID-19. Chinese state-run media outlets, official social media accounts ...

Some Helpful Tips From a South African Expat in China Who’s Been Social Distancing For the Past Two Months

Now that most of us are working from home and being encouraged to keep a 2-meter or 6-foot social distance from other people, we’re having to learn entirely new routines. While this may be difficult ...

Eager to Resume Trade With China, Kenya Announces New Plan to Disinfect Imports

The Kenyan government announced new measures to ensure that imports from China and other countries will be disinfected to avoid infection from the COVID-19. Although scientists do not believe the virus can survive the duration ...

U.S. Conservatives Don’t Like China’s Close Relationship With the World Health Organization

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a daily press briefing on COVID-19 virus at the WHO headquarters in Geneva on March 11, 2020. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced on March 11, 2020 that the new coronavirus outbreak can now be characterised as a pandemic. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP
There’s growing anger among U.S. conservatives over the World Health Organization’s handling of the burgeoning COVID-19 and the international body’s close ties with the Chinese government. Additionally, these U.S. critics contend that the WHO Director-General Tedros ...

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 ...
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