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Poverty Alleviation is Becoming an Increasingly Important in China’s Public Diplomacy Messaging In Africa

Lacking the pop culture Europeans and Americans have long relied on to bolster their soft power diplomacy in Africa, China instead uses alternative messaging about its rapid economic development, infrastructure accomplishments, and now domestic poverty alleviation. While the Chinese topics are ...

China’s Distant-Water Fishing and Its Impact in West Africa

In recent years, China’s distant-water fishing (DWF) has expanded rapidly, particularly off the coast of West Africa, attracting the attention of NGOs and the international community. In April 2020, the Chinese government began to implement significantly stricter Regulations on the Management of Distant Water Fisheries. The new ...

25 “Massive” Illegal Chinese Gold Mines Discovered in a Remote Region of Sierra Leone

A group of unknown Chinese entities has reportedly been operating a large-scale illegal gold mining operation in one of the poorest and most remote regions of eastern Sierra Leone, according to an investigative report published in Sunday's edition of the Sierra Leone Telegraph newspaper. ...

Chinese Social Media Uproar Over Allegations of Chinese Illegal Fishing

A massive social media uproar is underway in China over allegations made by leading online (Chinese) influencers and the Beijing-based, European-funded China Dialogue environmental news website that have brought attention to the issue of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) Chinese fishing around the world.

Africans Inoculated With Sinopharm Blocked From Entering the European Union

 Europe is gradually reopening to vaccinated travelers as coronavirus restrictions ease, but in some African nations such as Morocco recipients of jabs not recognized by the EU are facing disappointment. “It seems very much as if a vaccine has become a ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China’s Global Development Initiative Meeting Signals Growing UN Influence

China’s Global Development Initiative (announced by President Xi Jinping in 2021) took a massive step towards global influence this week. It got the UN stamp of approval and is being integrated into its development plans like Agenda 2030.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi co-hosted a meeting of the Group of Friends of the Global Development Initiative with UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the UN in New York on Wednesday. 

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