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Lusaka Mayor Personally Shuts Down Chinese Barbershop For Not Serving Local Customers. “This is Not Wuhan!”

Lusaka Mayor Miles Sampa personally shut down a Chinese-run barbershop on Friday for allegedly not serving local customers and threatened the staff with arrest if they continue to only serve Chinese patrons.   "This is not Wuhan!" he angrily declared.

Three Chinese Nationals Murdered and Their Lusaka Warehouse Burned in Apparent Robbery

The fire department in the Zambian capital Lusaka responded on Sunday to a blaze at a warehouse in the Makeni district. When they arrived on the scene they discovered the aftermath of a brutal homicide. Three Chinese nationals were killed in what police say was a robbery. ...

Heritage Foundation to Chinese Government: Thank You for Promoting Our New Report on Chinese Spying in Africa

John Cooper, a senior communications manager at the Washington, D.C.-based Heritage Foundation think tank, gave a shout out this weekend on Twitter to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian for helping to publicize the new report by Africa & Middle East analyst ...

China’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe Says Calls for China to Pay Reparations for COVID-19 Are “Absurd”

China's Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Guo Shaochun, stridently rejected calls for Beijing to pay reparations to other countries for the economic damage brought about from the COVID-19 outbreak. "Recently, some politicians have been trying to pin the blame for the COVID-19 outbreak ...

In a Dramatic Move, Kenya’s Solicitor General Wants to Terminate the SGR’s Contract With Its Chinese Operator

Solicitor General Kennedy Ogeto is calling for the immediate termination of Kenya Railways's contract with the Chinese-owned Africa Star Railway Operation Company, two years ahead of the agreement's scheduled review date. Ogeto's move is apparently motivated by lower than expected revenue ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

India Could Ban Cheap Chinese Phones

The Indian government could push Chinese mobile phone manufacturers out of the lower end of its market, according to a new report by Bloomberg. The possible ban is reportedly aimed at boosting India’s failing domestic phone makers in the lucrative sub-12,000 rupee ($150) sector. 

The move will be a blow to Chinese companies like Xiaomi, RealMe, and Transsion, who make up 80% of sales in the sub-$150 sector. Low-end smartphones occupy a third ...

Background: What Does Kenya Owe? And to Whom?

While there's widespread concern in Kenya about the country falling prey to a Chinese "debt trap," the reality is that Kenyans should be far more concerned about the consequences of failing to repay private creditors than the small Chinese portion of its national debt. ...

With No Debt Relief Deal in Place, Africa’s Economic Crisis Worsens by the Day

The cost of borrowing for many African governments is rapidly rising as the economic crisis on the continent worsens. While the double-digit yields on African bonds is great news for investors looking for new growth opportunities, it's an absolute tragedy for governments who are forced to divert even ...

Chinese Officials Are Rallying Behind the G20’s Debt Relief Efforts But Saying Little About All Those Bilateral Loans

China's Ambassador to Namibia, Zhang Yiming, Tweeted out a summary of Wang Yi's comments related to Africa that the foreign minister shared at a press conference in Beijing on Sunday. While Ambassador Zhang and Foreign Minister Wang appear ...

Chinese FM Wang Yi Pushes Back Against Critics in Africa and Offers More Public Support for the G20’s Debt Relief Agenda

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a press conference on Sunday with both domestic and international journalists during the ongoing 13th National People's Congress (NPC), China's annual legislative session. Unsurprisingly, China's handling of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis at home and abroad, ...