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Zambian Hip Hop Star B’Flow Speaks Out Against Chinese Discrimination Towards Local Patrons in Lusaka

Popular Zambian hip hop artist B'Flow said he actively tries to stay away from commenting on political issues but felt the need to say something in the wake of Lusaka Mayor Miles Sampa's humiliating public apology last month for cracking down on Chinese businesses who ...

Kenya or Djibouti: Who Will China Support For a Seat on the UN Security Council?

With only a few days left before next week's election to fill the rotating open seat on the U.N. Security Council for the 2020-2021 term, a lot of the attention is now focused on China and whether it will throw its support behind Djibouti or Kenya.

South Sudan Closes a Chinese-Built Highway Due to Poor Quality

South Sudan's Vice President of Infrastructure announced this week that construction of the 392km Juba-Rumbek highway to Uganda will be suspended due to quality concerns. Portions of the road were swept away during a heavy storm ...

Bloomberg’s Alonso Soto: “The Ticking Debt Bomb in Africa Threatens a Global Explosion”

Bloomberg's Nigeria correspondent Alonso Soto is covering the burgeoning debt crisis in Africa more closely than any other international journalist, filing 2-3 stories a week on the topic. Until now, his reporting on the issue has been quite measured, with straightforward stories on the progress of various ...

Kenya’s Parliament Warned That Unpaid Debts to China Threaten Standard Gauge Railway Service

Kenya Railways is falling behind in its debt service payments for one of the country's new Chinese-built and financed Standard Gauge Railway lines, according to a new budget report submitted to the Kenyan parliament on Wednesday. In its fiscal year 2020-2021 ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Joint Battlefield Training to Raise Pressure in South China Sea

The U.S. military will reportedly introduce joint combat training with the Philippines in June. Major General Marcus Evans, commander of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, told the Associated Press that the training would increase the Philippine army’s ability to fight in challenging jungle conditions.
The training will run from June 1 to 10. At Manila’s request, the training will be held in Philippine territory for the first time. It will involve about 2,000 people ...

China’s Ties With Nigeria Are a Lot Better Than They Seem

Lagos State University political science lecturer Abdul-Gafar Tobi Oshodi joins Eric & Cobus this week to discuss the current state of China-Nigeria relations. After a turbulent past few months following the events in Guangzhou back in April and now calls ...

Who’s Who in China’s COVID-19 Diplomacy?

The global COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a flurry of Chinese efforts to supply medical assistance around the world, including in Africa. In late March 2020, airports in Shanghai, Beijing, and other major Chinese cities turned from international business and tourism hubs to centers for the dispatch of ...

China’s Misguided Twitter Strategy in Africa

There's been a lot of discussions recently over the rise and effectiveness of China's new class of "Wolf Warrior" diplomats, named after the hugely successful 2018 China-Africa action movie, who've made a name for themselves by targeting the U.S. and other critics with aggressive ...