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The Rapidly Growing Market for Chinese Private Security Contractors in Africa

The recent kidnapping of three Chinese miners in the southwestern Nigerian state of Osun highlights the vulnerability that confronts the Chinese in many parts of Africa. Chinese companies are well-known for being willing to work in highly volatile regions, ...

Tweet of the Day: Chinese Ambassador Denounces South African Opposition Party’s Ongoing Visit to Taiwan

Chinese Ambassador Lin Songtian, who is now quite prolific on Twitter, turned to the social media platform to express his displeasure about the Inkatha Freedom Party's decision to visit Taiwan this week. Ambassador Lin expressed re-asserted China's longstanding policy that Taiwan is a ...

The Voice of America’s China-Africa News Hub

DISCLAIMER: From time to time we'll introduce you to the various state-run propaganda news outlets that various governments around the world operate in the China-Africa space. Just as when we do the same corporate communications, it's important that to re-emphasize that our highlighting of these various official ...

Kenyan and Chinese Officials Commemorate the Launch of Cargo Service on the Standard Gauge Railway

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was joined Tuesday by a large delegation of Chinese officials to inaugurate new cargo service on the Mombasa to Naivasha line of the country's new Standard Gauge Railway. This new line is intended to transport goods from ...

Deborah Brautigam Debunks the Chinese Debt Trap Theory in New Research Paper 

Professor Deborah Brautigam, Director of the China-Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University, published a new paper this month that explores the Chinese debt trap theory that is widely propagated by U.S. government officials and a common theme in international media coverage of Chinese engagement in Africa. ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...

Amid Allegations of Extortion, Theft and Corruption, It’s Safe to Say U.S. Politicians Don’t Think Very Highly of What China’s Doing in Africa

China's presence in Africa emerged as a minor theme in a hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday convened by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. The committee met to discuss U.S. counterterrorism issues in Africa and towards the end of the hearing Arizona representative Paul Gosar (R) ...