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China’s Growing Media Influence in Africa

The Chinese government is becoming increasingly sophisticated in its use of media in Africa to get its message out to a wide variety of audiences across the continent. The most visible examples of this trend are the growing availability of Beijing's ...

Remember When China, Russia, and South Africa Held Their First-ever Joint Naval Exercises? Well, it Didn’t Amount to Very Much 

There was a lot of hype/anticipation over the dramatic optics of the Chinese, Russian and South African navies holding their first-ever joint naval exercises off the coast of Cape Town. Did the presence of Russian and Chinese warships in the port ...

China Places Bets on Both Sides of the Libyan Conflict as Part of a New “Non-Aligned” Strategy

China was so traumatized from the 2011 UN-intervention in Libya that led to the death of the country's former ruler Muammar Gaddafi that is employing an entirely new strategy now as the North African country once again descends into all-out civil conflict. ...

While China Maybe Doing a Better Job in Managing the Coronavirus Crisis, the Africa CDC Says There’s Still Room for Improvement

In a Twitter thread that promoted Dr. John Nkengasong's Nature column, the Africa CDC also highlighted a key area of improvement that it feels their counterparts should take note of. This kind of Tweet is a bit unusual both because it accompanied such a ...

Africa CDC Director Praises China for its Handling of the Coronavirus Outbreak

The Director of the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Addis Ababa, Dr. John Nkengasong, wrote a glowing commentary in the journal Nature about China's handling of the situation so far. It's not immediately clear as to what may have prompted Dr. Nkengasong to comment on ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Japan-Kenya Loan Deal Shifts Chinese Influence

Japan will reportedly provide about $107 million in bilateral loans to Kenya for port, water, and electricity infrastructure, to be implemented from next week. The deal signals a stronger role for Japan as an external partner to the continent amid G7 anxieties about China’s influence.
The loans will be used to upgrade key infrastructure in Kenya:

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Amid Rising Concerns About Coronavirus in Africa, the World Health Organization Tries to Set the Record Straight

The World Health Organization took to Twitter yesterday in an effort to quell rumors and false reports that the coronavirus had made it to Africa. While a number of countries have quarantined individuals who have shown symptoms consistent with those infected with the ...

Kenya is in No Hurry to Evacuate Stranded Students in Wuhan 

Kenya's ambassador to China Sarah Serem addressed the mounting criticism that her government is not doing enough to support Kenyan students trapped in Wuhan, the epicenter of the burgeoning coronavirus epidemic. Ambassador Serem explained in an interview with ...