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Positive Perceptions of China Hold Steady in Africa, Says New Polling Data

The overwhelming majority of residents in 34 African states believe that China's influence in their country is largely positive, according to the latest survey results from the independent, non-partisan public opinion research agency Afrobarometer. Two-thirds of respondents told ...

Two Prominent Africa Scholars in China Analyze Blinken’s First Trip as Secretary of State to the Continent

Africa-watchers in China are closely following U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken's first trip to the continent as Secretary of State. Blinken arrived in Kenya on Monday and will also travel to Nigeria and Senegal before heading back to Washington at the end of the week.

“America Will Never Oust China From Africa by Blaming Africans, but by Improving Its Own Policy to Africa.”

Rama Yade, director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council think tank dedicated her regular "Africa's Time Has Come" video post on Twitter to the subject of Chinese engagement in Africa and what she feels the U.S. needs to do to effectively compete on the continent. ...

FOCAC PERSPECTIVES: If China Wants to Improve Its Standing With African Publics, It Should Promote Transparency and Insist on the Publication of Loan Contracts

Every day leading up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation conference on November 29th and 30th, CAP will feature perspectives from journalists, academics, activists, and business leaders about what they hope will emerge from the FOCAC event in Dakar.  If ...

President Samia Suluhu Hassan Inaugurates Tanzania’s New Chinese-Financed/Built National Defense College

China's campaign to build critical government infrastructure in Africa (aka "Building Diplomacy") marked another accomplishment on Sunday when Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who also happens to be the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, commissioned the new National Defense College in Dar es Salaam.

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China Intensifies SE Asian Diplomacy Amid U.S.-Philippine Exercises

Tensions are high in the South China Sea as the Philippines kicks off its annual Balikatan joint military exercises with the United States. The opening ceremony of the three-week, 17,000-troop operation took place on Tuesday, aimed at “highlighting ironclad alliance” between Washington and Manila, according to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. The exercises will also include France and Australia.
In response, China is signaling its own regional relationships. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi ...

Chinese Trucks, Buses, Cars, SUVs, Vans… Gas Powered, Electric Powered… You Name It, They’re Coming to Africa

Chinese automakers have set their sights on the Africa market and are moving fast to grab market share from legacy players in the combustion engine side of the business and to snag the first-mover advantage on the EV side as well. ...