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China and Africa Relations

Three Chinese nationals were murdered and burned in Zambia

At midday on Sunday, May 24, three Zambian attackers with iron bars entered the grounds of a Chinese-owned textile warehouse in Lusaka. Police said they were pretending to be potential customers.

China’s coronavirus discrimination is testing relations with Africa

While Africans always knew racism existed in China, they still saw it as a place to make money and build a new life, Robertson said.

The mistreatment of Africans in Guangzhou is a big threat to China’s coronavirus diplomacy

Videos showing the recent mistreatment of Africans living in the Chinese city of Guangzhou have ricocheted around African broadcast and social media in recent days.

Africans in China: We face coronavirus discrimination

"The conflict over the virus test, I think it is something of a misunderstanding. It is not about racial discrimination. That's not the style of the Guangzhou people," he said.

Africa imposes travel restrictions on US, Europe, & China to save from coronavirus

A serious outbreak will be a major challenge because of a likely difficulty in scaling up intensive care units and ventilators; countries in Africa will likely look to China, the U.S., and the WHO for help.

South Africa confirms first case of coronavirus

South Africa's announcement that a case of coronavirus has been confirmed in the country makes it the third sub-Saharan country to report the infection. 

China Plans to Approve Developing Giant Simandou Iron Ore Mine

China is close to giving the go-ahead for some of its biggest state-owned companies to develop the giant Simandou iron ore mine in Guinea, potentially paving the way for the project to be built after years of legal wrangling.

Nigeria confirms first coronavirus case in sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria on Friday announced the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in sub-Saharan Africa.

China Praises Egypt’s supportive role during Coronavirus Crisis

CAIRO, 20 February 2020: Chinese Ambassador in Cairo Liao Liqiang Praised Egypt’s supportive role to China amid the Coronavirus crises.

Washington uneasy of intense push by Russia, China to court African countries

A US army general has revealed intricate details of the global superpower’s strategic and military focus in Africa, exposing Washington’s growing unease with China and Russia’s deepening influence on the continent.

China and Africa are building ‘great walls’ of trees to hold back the desert....

In the Sahel region of Africa — essentially the southern fringe of the Sahara — 26 countries have come together to build their own version of the Green Great Wall, rather confusingly dubbed the Great Green Wall.

China’s growing reach in Africa: are we seeing a fair trade?

Africa needs China, and China needs Africa.  China’s investments, trade, foreign aid, loans and grants play a huge role in developing the continent.

Macron’s Africa visit reveals determination to weaken China’s grip on the continent

French President Emmanuel Macron embarked on a four-day charm offensive across the Horn of Africa last week, stopping off in Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Kenya.

China’s ‘Ivory Queen’ gets 15 years jail in Tanzania for smuggling tusks of 350...

Yang Feng Glan, 69, had lived in Tanzania since the 1970s and was secretary-general of the Tanzania China-Africa Business Council.

China just quietly wrote off a chunk of Cameroon’s debt. Why the secrecy?

When top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi met Cameroon President Paul Biya in the capital Yaounde last month and wrote off a chunk of the African country's debt, the deal very nearly went unnoticed.

Fears grow in Africa that the flood of funds from China will start to...

Concerns over Chinese growth could spell problems for Africa and other parts of the developing world. Beijing funded an overseas investment boom in the past few decades as it strove to become the world’s second largest economic superpower

The new US Africa strategy is not about Africa. It’s about China

President Donald Trump’s national security advisor John Bolton outlined the US administration’s new Africa strategy in a speech last week at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington, DC. 

John Magufuli: Tanzania prefers ‘condition-free’ Chinese aid

Tanzania's President John Magufuli has said he prefers Chinese to Western aid as it comes with fewer conditions. Mr Maugufuli has been under intense pressure...

Chinese charged over Kenya ‘railway scam’

Three Chinese nationals have been charged with attempting to bribe investigators working on an alleged ticketing scam in a massive Kenyan railway project. Some $10,000...

Folks Concerned After China Opens 13th Police Station in South Africa

The opening of the 13th Chinese Community and Police Co-Operation Center in South Africa last week has sparked concerns about China’s growing influence in...

China has lifted a 25-year ban on using rhino horns and tiger bones for...

Conservation efforts to protect Africa’s diminishing rhino population is taking a hit. China’s state council has unexpectedly reversed a 25-year ban on using tiger bones and...

What Will the US-China Trade War Mean for Africa?

The collateral damage and potential opportunities, as seen from Uganda, Nigeria, and Ethiopia. The arguments on all sides of the ongoing trade confrontation between the...

A new $60 billion agency is the clearest sign the US is worried about...

In the last few years of US president Obama’s administration, there were increasingly loud calls for the government to get rid of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

Mamamah airport: Sierra Leone cancels China-funded project

Sierra Leone has cancelled a $400m (£304m) Chinese-funded project to build a new airport outside the capital Freetown. Former President Ernest Bai Koroma signed the...

China flexes its political muscles in Africa with media censorship, academic controls

When he announced another US$60-billion in financing for Africa last month, Chinese President Xi Jinping promised that the money had “no political strings attached.” But...

China’s salami slicing takes root in Africa

With the consent of African governments, China’s subtle but deliberate strategy is paying off. By Ronak Gopaldas for ISS TODAY.  Mass indignation greeted the revelation...

‘Say no to China’: Anger mounts in Zambia over Beijing’s presence

"China equals Hitler" said the sign held up in the Zambian capital Lusaka by a protester opposed to Beijing's tightening grip on the economy...

China dragon likely to clamp Kenya, Africa Read

Last week marked a major milestone, or millstone - depending on where one’s seat at the table is positioned - in the country’s relationship...

Chinese Aid and Investment Are Good for Africa

Increased interest in the continent’s real estate and resources will enhance the bargaining power of governments there—but they need to bargain for the right...

On China’s New Silk Road, Democracy Pays A Toll

China's vast foreign investment program comes at a sharp cost to human rights and good governance.

China’s language and cultural centers are growing faster across Africa than we thought

Government-funded public institutes teaching Chinese language and culture are popping up across the globe as part of a stated push to improve the country’s...

China is Treating Africa The Same Way European Colonists Did

The reason China is in Africa is simple; to exploit the people and take their resources. It’s the same thing European colonists did during...

A Kenyan painter’s art questions China’s deepening reach in Africa

The officials in suits arrived uninvited at Michael Soi’s studio located in the fringes of the industrial area of Nairobi. They were four men...

Xi Jinping, Senegal, and China’s West Africa drive

Xi Jinping’s choice of Senegal for a state visit on 20–21 July, his first visit to West Africa, en route to the BRICS summit...

China says it will increase its military presence in Africa

For decades, China's presence in Africa has largely focused on economic, commercial and peacekeeping activities. Now, Beijing is building on that by establishing greater military links...

“It started as hype”: Chinese spreads fast in Africa as language of success

Soon after being named Entrepreneur of the Year in Zimbabwe’s equivalent of “Dragon’s Den”, Daniel Mugandiri was faced with the challenge of turning his business idea...

Donkeys stolen, skinned in Africa to feed Chinese demand

Dawn was just beginning to break when Joseph Kamonjo Kariuki woke to find his donkeys missing. The villager searched the bush frantically for the...

How China is Transforming Africa Into ‘New Factory of the World’

China's decade-long assistance to Africa has borne tangible results with thousands of kilometers of new railroads and dozens of ports, airports and power stations...

There is growing momentum to adopt China’s yuan as a reserve currency in Africa

African central bank leaders are currently discussing whether to hold the yuan as part of their foreign reserves, highlighting the Chinese money’s rise as...

Ethiopia is already the ‘China of Africa’ as growth rate approaches 8.5 per cent

Will Ethiopia become "the China of Africa"? The question often comes up in an economic context: Ethiopia's growth rate is expected to be 8.5...

How Mandarin is conquering Africa via Confucius Institutes and giving China a soft-power advantage

Already Africa’s most important economic partner, China is also leaving a cultural footprint across the continent with more than 50 Confucius Institutes teaching Mandarin...

Chinese investment in Africa could create national economies ‘entirely dependent on China’, say experts

'These firms come under the guise of partnership, but this rhetoric, combined with genuine short term benefits masks longer term problems'. Chinese investment in Africa could be...

China Gives Nigeria a Dam

The Nigerian government has announced that the China Civil Engineering Corporation will complete a huge hydropower plant in the Mambila region of Taraba state, a plateau near...

China’s Nigerian Misadventures

Just when the world thought China was retreating -- pushing acquisitive private companies to relinquish their global shopping sprees -- it looks like Beijing...

Here’s How China Is Changing Africa’s Future

The contrast couldn’t be starker. As U.S. President Donald Trump’s government continues to champion isolationism and undermine decades-old international relationships, China is rolling out its Belt and Road...

As other African countries ban donkey slaughter, Kenya doubles down to meet Chinese demand

Twice a month, Julius Yebei, 45, embarks on a three-day journey by foot with a herd of donkeys from a livestock market in Bomet...

Chinese vendors ‘exploiting’ African children removed from Taobao

Chinese online shopping platform Taobao has removed controversial vendors offering personalised video and photo ads featuring African children, following an outcry about exploitation. Customers could...

China strengthens relations with Africa

The People's Republic of China said on Monday that it wants to strengthen its cooperation with Africa by working to remove trade barriers and...

China’s Wolf Warriors 2 in ‘war-ravaged Africa’ gives the White Savior complex a whole...

In the film Wolf Warriors 2, Leng Feng, a former special forces operative, is on a one-man mission to save Chinese nationals and innocent locals...

The new wave of Chinese nationalism

Outside IMAX theatres, mostly inside trendy shopping malls in Beijing and elsewhere, China’s millennial generation is out in strength. Typically born between the early...

China’s Presence in South-South Cooperation Transforming Africa’s Agriculture: FAO Official

Africa has derived enormous benefits in agricultural transformation from China through its South-South Cooperation, an official of the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture...

Here’s Why China Is Betting on Africa

Africa is a continent that has suffered from monolithic, often negative conceptions, with some even thinking of it as a ‘country’. Separating the fact from...

Chinese web merchants are using African children to advertise search engines and camgirls

Chinese vendors are facing backlash for selling customized photos and videos featuring African children via Chinese online marketplace Taobao.

‘China has conquered Kenya’: Inside Beijing’s new strategy to win African hearts and minds

It took the StarTimes satellite TV salesman about 30 minutes to install a pipeline for Chinese propaganda into Francis Gitonga’s squat, cinder-block home here...

China-Africa Relations: At a Crossroads?

After over 15 years of rapidly expanding economic and political exchanges, China-Africa relations are changing. During the sixth Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Johannesburg...

‘China is everywhere’ in Africa’s rising technology industry

It's a match made in business heaven: Chinese technology companies hungry for expansion are diving into the less-developed African continent, where several countries are...

Malala condemns China over death of fellow Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai condemned China's treatment of her fellow peace prize-winner Liu Xiaobo following his death of liver cancer in custody last week.

Here’s What You Should Know About China’s New African Base

t’s a truism that if a country’s military, no matter how big, cannot operate for a protracted period beyond its own boundaries, then it...

CHINA CAUTIONS BOTSWANA OVER DALAI LAMA VISIT

The Dalai Lama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, says he seeks greater rights, including religious freedom and genuine autonomy for Tibet. China...

China sends troops to open first overseas military base in Djibouti

Ships carrying Chinese military personnel for Beijing's first overseas military base, in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, have left China to begin setting...

Why Africa’s sky-high returns are China-bound

Banks in Africa have the highest returns on capital in the world, and the potential in other sectors is equally huge. But, writes Brian Caplen, China is so...

From China to Africa: Lessons on economic transformation

UNIDO ambassador Helen Hai’s personal journey from one continent to the other has led her to believe firmly in the power of economic transformation...

What Makes China’s Economic Achievements Suited for Africa

As the world socio-economic scenario has been changed, exceeding the West , China has stood out to be a potential growth pole for developing...

Alibaba’s Alipay Expands Into South Africa

Alibaba Group’s digital payment arm Alipay is launching in South Africa as it moves to expand the service around the globe. Alipay is working with...

China dangles staggering $15bn before Bawumia’s eyes

The Chinese government has dangled a staggering $15bn before the eyes of a government busy fighting off illegal miners including Chinese nationals. Ghana in exchange,...

Chinese Immigrants in Africa Struggle to Find Local Acceptance

With China pouring billions of US dollars worth of investments each year into Africa, new Chinese immigrants arriving in the continent, seeking new opportunities...

Why Chinese Infrastructure Loans in Africa Represent a Brand-New Type of Neocolonialism

Amid much fanfare, the Nairobi-Mombasa railway line opened in Kenya on May 31, 18 months ahead of the schedule.

Kenyans Fear Chinese-Backed Railway Is Another ‘Lunatic Express’

NAIROBI, Kenya — With sloping, charcoal-gray walls that resemble the elegant curves of a luxury car, Nairobi’s sleek new railway station, built by China,...

China ensures its position in Africa by pouring billions into infrastructure and education

China's growing global influence now reaches deep into Africa — at a time when Western powers are retreating from the continent. The relationship is critical...

South Africa’s Amka takes stake in Eagle Health

A South African cosmetics, toiletries and nutrition products group, Amka Holdings, is stumping up $10 million to become a cornerstone investor in the ASX float of Chinese...

China Plan Raises Hope for East African SGR Project

China has said it is ready to finance the construction of the standard gauge railway from Kisumu in Kenya to Uganda and Rwanda as...

China protests at Zambia mining arrests

China has complained to Zambia after 31 of its nationals were arrested at the weekend for alleged illegal mining practices. A senior Chinese foreign ministry...

Kenya inaugurates Chinese-built railway

Kenya has inaugurated a $US3.2 billion ($A4.3 billion) railway funded by China linking the capital Nairobi to the port of Mombasa the country's biggest...

Chinese Merchants Thrive in Senegal, Where People ‘Needed Stuff’

DAKAR, Senegal — Fresh out of college and frustrated by the paucity of job prospects at home, Cao Qihan, 23, did what generations of...

China is working on the largest infrastructure endeavor in human history

Now China is squeaking into an exclusive club — joining America, Russia, France, and few others in operating at least one military base thousands of miles from its home turf.

Demand for donkey skin sets prices soaring in China

Everyday Claire Hu drinks a herbal broth with one unusual ingredient: donkey skin. It's prescribed by a traditional Chinese medicine, or TCM, doctor to...

Is China the world’s new colonial power?

Every weekday before dawn, a migration takes place near the desert on Africa’s south-western coast.

China Announces 30,000 New Scholarships For African Students

The Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges of China’s Ministry of Education has disclosed that 30,000 new scholarships will be granted to African students...

Kenyan President Kenyatta praises China’s vision of interconnected world

China’s vision of an interconnected world with enhanced trade supports the African desire for shared prosperity, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said. The President, who spoke...

China and Africa: Changing the Narrative in 2017

The much-discussed and controversial China-Africa relationship has evolved greatly over the past few years, but common perceptions have not kept pace with changing realities....

How Chinese money is transforming Africa

Nairobi, Kenya -- Kenyan and Chinese workers are putting the finishing touches on the biggest infrastructure project in Kenya’s post-independence history – a $3.8...

Is South Africa a gateway for China’s investment in Africa?

Africa is the world’s second-largest and second-most-populous continent with 54 different countries, consisting of a large diversity of ethnicities, cultures and languages. After the...

China doubled its investment spend in Africa in 2016 as US and UK fell

Like the rest of the rest of the world, Africa remains uncertain about what’s to come after high-stakes elections in the United States of...

China’s success in Africa depends on peace in South Sudan

In less than one week, Chinese president Xi Jinping will convene a summit of roughly 30 global leaders to discuss what is arguably China’s...

China Ready to Build First Center For Disease Control in Africa

The People’s Republic of China has reemphasized its commitment to supporting Africa’s public health system as part of ways to solidifying friendship and achieving...

Zimbabwe: China Not Colonising Africa – Envoy

Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Huang Ping has rubbished assertions that China wants to colonise Africa. Speaking on the sidelines of a public lecture...

Is Chinese Invasion Good or Bad for Africa?

For many years, the majority of African governments have blamed their economic woes on the Western world, with which they have been doing business...

China-Africa Arbitration bodies sidestep international courts

In 2013, after the Gabonese government took back an oilfield it had licensed to Addax, alleging breach of contract, the Chinese company went to...

As the World Cuts Back on Coal, a Growing Appetite in Africa

New coal plants in Africa are largely being paid for by China and developed countries that are turning away from the technology at home....

Chinese migrants have changed the face of South Africa. Now they’re leaving.

Zhu Jianying, the owner of a home goods shop in southwest Johannesburg, plans to leave South Africa as soon as she can. Her store...

The new scramble for Africa: how China became the partner of choice

Addis Ababa has a surprise in store for those who haven’t visited in two years. Cutting through the heart of this booming city, where...

China is trying to counter the West’s influence in Africa by exporting its literature...

Sino-African relations have garnered a great deal of public interest in recent decades. Commentary tends to focus on trade, economic investment, and aid, and...

What Africans think about China’s influence in their countries

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What a borderless Africa could mean for China

The current efforts by the African Union (AU) to establish a borderless Africa for Africans and the launching of an AU e-passport to allow Africans to visit African countries visa-free are important milestones.

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