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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.

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 ...

It’s Starting to Settle-In That Russia’s Coming Back to Africa. So What Does That Mean for Africa and Everyone Else?

Russian President Vladimir Putin with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the inaugural Russia-Africa summit in the Black Sea city of Sochi. Photo via the Tass News Agency.
With their leaders back from Russia, several of Africa’s major newspapers devoted considerable space this weekend to digest the Russia-Africa summit and how does Moscow’s resurgence on the continent complicate ties with other major powers, ...

South Africa President Reflects on Russia Summit and Defends Chinese Lending Practices

In his regular email newsletter, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa reflected on last week’s inaugural Russia-Africa Summit and the changing geopolitical dynamics in Africa. Key Highlights from President Ramaphosa’s Newsletter: “What we are witnessing ...

Gyude Moore on Why Some African Countries Prefer to Deal with China and Russia Over the U.S.

"American involvement comes with American values: protection of minorities, freedom of speech, open societies, free trade. And so when the U.S. engages with a country, those are the terms on which it engages. Russia is not going to advocate for those. Neither will China."

W. Gyude Moore, a former Liberian minister of public works now at the Center for Global Development
“American involvement comes with American values: protection of minorities, freedom of speech, open societies, free trade. And so when the U.S. engages with a country, those are the terms on which it engages. ...

With No Evidence, Some US & EU Media Frame Russia Summit as Move to Challenge Chinese Influence in Africa

Agence France Presse and Newsweek were among the Western news outlets who have framed the Russia-Africa Summit story as a bid to somehow “confront” or “challenge” China’s massive influence in Africa. What’s interesting, though, is ...

Rwanda Partners with DP World, Alibaba and Zhejiang Province to Open New $35 Million Dry Port

Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Dubai Ports World Chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem officially inaugurated the Kigali Logistics Platform, Rwanda’s largest inland cargo handling facility. The new dry port also hosts a 2,500-square meter bonded warehouse ...

Landry Singé: 3 Things to Watch for at the Russia-Africa Summit That Starts Today

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari (L) welcomed at Sochi International AIrport as he arrives to take part in the 2019 Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi, Russia, October 21, 2019. Dmitry Feoktistov/TASS Host Photo Agency
The inaugural Russia-Africa Summit that starts today in the Black Sea city of Sochi will focus on three specific areas, according to Professor Landry Signé from the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. ...

For the First Time in a Long Time, China Isn’t Looming in the Background of an Africa Summit… This Time It’s the U.S.

Venue for the 2019 Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi, Russia. Photo via SummitRussia.ru
Over the past few years at various African summits organized by the Japanese, Europeans or Americans, China has emerged as a kind of benchmark that other foreign powers are now measured against in Africa. Beijing’s ...

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 ...

China’s Ambassador to South Africa Is New to Twitter but From the Looks of It, He’s Learning How to Waste Time on Social Media Just Like the Rest of Us

China’s outspoken ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, just joined Twitter last month and for the most part, he’s been posting the usual things that ambassadors tend to post on social media like photos from ...

Kenya’s Newest SGR Line is Up and Running But Bad Roads Means No One Can Actually Get to the Stations

Two days after the high-profile launch of Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway line between Nairobi and Naivasha, the trains are running largely empty as very few passengers can actually get to the stations due to the ...

With Africa-Russia Summit Kicking Off This Week, Judd Devermont Has Some Advice for How the U.S. Should Respond

The inaugural Russia-Africa Summit will take place on Wednesday and Thursday of this week in the Olympic city of Sochi near the Black Sea. Some 50 heads of state have been ...

Wang Yi’s Quick Visit to South Africa Highlights How SA is Now China’s #1 BFF in Africa

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made a quick one-day stop in South Africa on Friday where he met with President Cyril Ramaphosa and his counterpart Naledi Pandor for talks. The big smiles in the official ...

European State Media Pose Tough Questions About Railway Financing in Kenya While Overlooking One Very Important Point

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta flags off the inaugural Nairobi-Suswa, Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line constructed by the Chinese Communications Construction Company (CCCC) and financed by Chinese government, on October 16, 2019 in Nairobi. SIMON MAINA / AFP
It’s so interesting to see EU/US coverage of the SGR debt issue in Kenya when their state-run media channels constantly point out this new rail line is unprofitable. Sure, but consider that in 2018 ...

Author and Journalist Howard W. French on the History, Geopolitical & Economic Impact of China’s Engagement in Africa.

Columbia University just published a video today of a talk that the acclaimed author and journalist Howard W. French gave at the Columbia Global Centers in Nairobi. French’s popular book “

Three East African Countries to Introduce New Tolls to Pay Back China for Road Building Loans

Toll plazas have been built on the Kampala-Entebbe Expressway. Image via the Ugandan Ministry of Works & Transport.
Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda have all announced plans to begin charging toll roads on certain expressways built with Chinese financing. The proposed fees, according to UK-based infrastructure industry publication ITS, is apparently ...

New SGR Railway Gets Mixed Reviews on Kenyan TV and Barely Any International Coverage

Kenyan TV channels broke into regularly scheduled programming for live coverage of Wednesday’s SGR launch. A lot of the initial reporting, particularly during the live broadcast, was generally positive but as the day went on ...

Retired from Alibaba, Jack Ma Says He Now Wants to Develop Entrepreneurial Talent in Africa

Photo via Alibaba.
Jack Ma, the founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, is looking to empower entrepreneurs in Africa so that they can help drive change. “Entrepreneurs are the most important element to promote society,” said Ma, who spoke ...

China to Challenge Facebook’s Libra With Its Own Cryptocurrency and Africa Could be Huge Potential Market

A quick follow-up from the story we shared yesterday about how the dominance of Chinese mobile phone companies in Africa could create a “walled garden” that would exclude Facebook’s proposed cryptocurrency Libra. Now, 

With 53 Million Users, Chinese-owned Boomplay Now Turns to Francophone Africa to Drive Growth

The Chinese-owned streaming music joint venture (Transsion Holdings & Netease) currently dominating the African market is now looking to grow its base of 53 million users by expanding beyond its base in anglophone West Africa into francophone ...

Fueled by Chinese Loans, Kenya’s National Debt Tops $57 Billion

Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP
Kenya’s Treasury released new information about the country’s rising debt load, announcing that it’s about to reach Sh6 trillion ($57 billion.) Last week, Parliament approved a new, higher debt ceiling of Sh9 ...

Two Competing Views of the New Chinese-built Naivasha Standard Gauge Railway Line in Kenya

The Chinese-financed and constructed Standard Gauge Railway in Kenya is an extremely polarizing issue for many people in Kenya and throughout East Africa. Critics of President Uhuru Kenyatta see it as a financial boondoggle that ...

Kenya Exports to China Surge in First Half of the Year, But Serious Trade Imbalance Persists

At first glance, the January-June trade figures between China and Kenya look promising. Kenyan exports increased by 74% during this period while imports fell by 16%. Officials on both sides are no doubt pleased the ...
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