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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.

Latest $120 Million Series B Round for Opay Proves Chinese Investors Have Made an “Unmistakable Pivot to African Tech”

The pace of Chinese investment in Africa’s tech sector appears to be heating up anew with a $120 million second funding round, also known as a Series B, for the Nigeria-based fintech company OPay. What’s ...

Protesting Truck Drivers in Nairobi Link Government’s Order to Transport All Cargo on SGR With “China Colonization”

Kenyan truck drivers took to the streets yesterday to protest against the government’s directive that requires all-cargo to be transported by the new Standard Gauge Railway. Contrary to some of the previous demonstrations, the truckers ...

Tweet of the Day: Wake Forest University Professor Gives a Master Class on China-Africa Relations Using Just a Single Tweet

Wake Forest University Assistant Professor Lina Benabdallah is a leading China-Africa scholar and used just a single Tweet from China’s ambassador in Zimbabwe to provide a thoughtful, cogent analysis of how the Chinese government approaches ...

Jack Ma 2.0 Officially Launched This Weekend in Ghana

Photo via Alibaba.
Jack Ma capped a week-long tour in Africa with the awarding of the inaugural African Netpreneur Prize at a Shark Tank-like competition in Accra.  Nigerian Temie Giwa-Tubosun won the top prize and $250,000 but there’s ...

Huawei’s Surveillance Technology Program “Safe Cities” Now Active in 12 African Countries

Huawei’s “Safe City” products have fueled concerns that China is “exporting authoritarianism.” Among the “solutions” Huawei sells globally under this label are facial and license-plate recognition, social media monitoring, and other surveillance capabilities.
The Washington, D.C.-based think tank CSIS published a new report today on the global reach of Huawei’s “Safe Cities” products that include facial and license-plate recognition, social media monitoring, and other surveillance capabilities.  CSIS researchers Jonathan ...

They Were Angry When It Happened in China, Then the U.S. and Now Japan. African Social Media Users Fume Over Their Diplomats’ Refusal to Bring Pen and Paper to Meetings

@AriyoAristotle‘s apparent frustration over the image of Nigerian diplomats attending a meeting with their Japanese counterparts in Tokyo and not bringing along any kind of notetaking materials is nothing new.

Tweet of the Day: Proud to be at China’s International Import Expo in Shanghai

Today’s Tweet by ASENIA, an African entrepreneurs association, highlights the sense of pride that a number of African delegations have about attending the ongoing China import expo that’s taking place now in Shanghai. A number ...

The Budding Africa-China Tech Collaboration Dynamic

A Tecno Mobile store in Kenya. Photo via Transsion.
Researcher and author of “China, Africa and the Future of the Internet” Iginio Gagliardone joins Andile Masuku and Osarumen Osamuyi for a candid, context-setting discussion about the growing tech and innovation ...

China and Ghana Agree to a Small Debt Write-Off and a Big Bauxite Deal

Visiting Chinese Vice Premier Sun Chunlan and Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo meeting in Accra. Photo via @NAkufoAddo.
The Chinese and Ghanian governments have reached an agreement over a controversial $2 billion infrastructure-for-resources deal that conservationists worry could jeopardize the water supply for up to five million people and ...

Video Worth Watching: What Happens When China Builds Your Country’s Internet?

Throughout Africa, countries are being connected to the digital economy for the first time, making the internet accessible where it once was not. In Zambia, communication, banking, and public services are all going digital. As ...

Tweet of the Day: Call for the U.S. to Host Its Own “Africa Summit”

While a growing number of African social media users are becoming increasingly frustrated by their leaders going overseas for one “Africa Summit” after another this year, Ethiopian-American businessman Zamedeneh Negatu says there should be one ...

Chinese Firm Dismisses Tanzania’s Claims on Stalled $10 Billion Port as “Not True”

The Bagamoyo Port is being constructed in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. Work started in 2018. It is planned to be one of the largest government infrastructure projects in the country. The Bagamoyo port and its affiliate industrial zone are meant to address congestion at the old port and to help position Tanzania to become one of East Africa’s leading shipping and logistics centers.
China’s largest port operator accused the Tanzanian government of spreading “false information” and misguiding the public about the cause of stalled negotiations over the $10 billion Bagamoyo port development it is backing in the country. ...

China Creates $5 Billion Export Fund with Bank in Morocco

China’s Exim Bank announced plans to team up with Morocco’s Attijariwafa Bank to create a $5 billion fund to promote African exports to China and to establish new industrial zones on the continent, according to a ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China’s Climate Role in the Global South

I don’t know about you, but I’m suffering from COP26 stress. There’s so much riding on the global climate summit happening in Glasgow at the end of the month that it’s sometimes difficult to remember we face a few other pressing issues too. 

To this point, Foreign Affairs this week published a poll asking a stellar group of experts whether American foreign policy is too hostile to China. Not surprisingly they got ...

Tweet of the Day: China’s All-Expense Paid Junkets for African Journalists Are Quite Effective at Building Goodwill

Today’s Tweet comes from Ugandan journalist Sarah Kyobe who showcases how effective China’s outreach to African journalists has been quite effective in building goodwill. The Chinese government spends a considerable amount of money every year ...

Video Worth Watching: Meet 26-Year Old Tecno Manager Chen Kai

Chinese propaganda videos produced by CGTN or its parent network CCTV are usually not very noteworthy, but from time to time they do produce something that is absolutely fascinating and definitely worth watching. Because they’re ...

France Hopes a Focus on Small Business Will Help it Gain an Advantage Over China in Africa

French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire addresses the opening session of the conference "Invest for Growth in Africa" organized by French private equity association France Invest on October 30, 2019. ERIC PIERMONT / AFP
The French government has urged business leaders and investors at a key summit last week to be bold about investing in Africa. Paris is banking on the potential of small to medium enterprises (SME) to ...

Acclaimed Author/Journalist Howard W. French: China Industrializing Africa is “Largely a Fantasy”

In his regular column in World Politics Review, the always-interesting author/journalist Howard W. French wrote today about Africa and its booming population will become a transformative power in the future. But contrary to growing enthusiasm ...

Tweet of the Day: While the U.S. Talks About Building Things in Africa… Here’s the Kind of Thing the Chinese Are Doing Right Now.

This Tweet from Harare, Zimbabwe should give U.S. officials pause about the effectiveness of all those warnings to African governments about becoming too dependent on Chinese aid, loans and trade. The $100 million new parliament ...

U.S. Says Forget About China’s “Belt and Road,” It’s Time For Developing Countries to Get Ready for The New “Blue Dot Network”

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Tuesday the U.S. will invest and trade more in Asia as it rolls out an American plan to support "sustainable" projects in Asia as a counterpoint to China's multibillion-dollar "Belt and Road" infrastructure initiative. Romeo GACAD / AFP
The United States is proposing a new infrastructure development plan for developing countries that is presumably intended to rival China’s multi-billion-dollar “One Belt, One Road” strategy. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross unveiled the new “Blue Dot ...

Video Worth Watching – China in Africa: Fair Trade or New Colonialism?

China-Africa experts Miriam Driessen (left) and Illaria Carozza (center) and David Pilling (right).
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Amsterdam arts and culture house deBAILE held a fascinating event on Monday with three prominent European China-Africa experts. The panel, from left to right, featured 

Leading South African Financial Newspaper Gets Called Out for Publishing Chinese Propaganda

On November 4, the South African financial daily Business Day published a 12-page insert “celebrating Mao’s revolution” in China. The supplement was labeled an “advertorial,” which didn’t go down well with some readers who felt ...

Chinese Firms in East Africa the Focus of Tax Evasion and Bribery Crackdown

Three employees of China Road and Bridge Corporation, which built and runs Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway, were charged with trying to bribe investigators. Photo: Xinhua
While Chinese companies are feeling the pressure of anti-graft and tax evasion crackdowns at home, some are also facing similar campaigns abroad as African countries try to stamp out corrupt practices. KENYA: In a ...

China’s Global Critics Are Helping It Win

ANDREA VERDELLI / POOL / AFP

"China’s policymakers benefit from the democratic world’s economic and political openness. They use free nations’ discourse to identify their own foreign policy and technological shortcomings while building a firewall that keeps discussion of those shortcomings from ever occurring in China itself. "

- Joshua Eisenman and Devin Stewart
“China’s policymakers benefit from the democratic world’s economic and political openness. They use free nations’ discourse to identify their own foreign policy and technological shortcomings while building a firewall that keeps discussion ...

Chinese Vlogger Zhao Huiling Showcases How African Fashion Brands Can Compete Internationally

Chinese social media video blogger, or “vlogger,” Zhao Huiling, takes her viewers to the Designing Africa Collective (DAC) in Nairobi that showcases some of the latest styles by talented designers from across the continent. Huiling speaks ...

France-Africa Business Forum Opens Amid Questions Over How the French Can Compete Against the Chinese

The two-day Africa Ambition 2019 event will be held at the French Finance Ministry in Paris.
The two-day Ambition Africa forum that gets underway today at the Ministry of Finance in Paris is intended to inject new energy into French business ventures in Africa that have increasingly been sidelined ...

Summits in 2019 Provoke Populist Response: “Draw Close to Your African Leader and Scream at Him to Wake Up!

Photo via GhanaWeb
While major newspapers in Africa explore the geopolitical and strategic implications of the recent Russia-Africa summit and the other international gatherings among the Japanese, Turks, Indians, and Americans this year, there’s a very different conversation ...
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