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Africa’s Muted Response to Wang Yi’s Tour

Despite the importance of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to Kenya, Eritrea and the Comoros this week, African media coverage of the tour remains surprisingly scant. In the week after his visit was announced, very little has come from these countries in terms of agenda-setting, and ...

Wang Yi Begins Week-long Africa Tour in Eritrea But You Wouldn’t Know It From Chinese State Media

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi landed in the Eritrean capital Asmara on Tuesday evening to kick off a three-nation, four-day Africa tour that also includes stops in Kenya and the Comoros Islands in the Indian Ocean. Wang was greeted at the ...

Rare Praise For China From One of Beijing’s Most Outspoken Critics in Washington, D.C.

Peter Pham, the former Trump administration diplomat in Africa and one of China's most vocal critics in Washington, surprised even a few of his own followers on Tuesday when he posted rare praise for China's emphasis on in-person diplomacy in Africa. ...

Infographic Details Three Decades of Chinese Foreign Ministers’ New Year Tours to Africa

Wang Yi's current visit to Africa is the continuation of a 32-year tradition where the first overseas trip of the year by a Chinese Foreign Minister is always to Africa. This custom didn't historically attract much attention, but now it's become ...

Chinese Scholar Identifies Three Pillars of Great Power Competition in Africa

It's a relatively recent phenomenon for China to frame its relations in Africa within the larger context of great power competition with the United States and the European Union. Prior to the Trump administration when the ties between the U.S. and China started deteriorating more rapidly, Africa ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Zimbabwe Agreement Could Signal China’s Return to African Rail

TransTech, a subsidiary of China Railway Group, reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) that could lead to a recapitalization of the country’s railway network.
Bloomberg reports that the agreement is currently limited to studying the project and producing a feasibility report by the end of June. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said: “It is our expectation that in the upcoming Forum for China and Africa taking place ...

Chinese Propaganda Still Fuming Over Pentagon Claim that Beijing Wants to Build an Atlantic Military Base in Africa

It's been exactly a month since the Wall Street Journal published the Pentagon's latest claim (albeit not a new assertion) that China plans to build a new military outpost on Africa's Atlantic coast in Equatorial Guinea. Chinese propaganda outlets like Global ...

Conservative Think Tank Analysts in DC Want the White House to Formally Recognize Somaliland as a Challenge to China

There are growing calls among prominent conservative foreign policy analysts in Washington, D.C. for the United States to extend formal diplomatic recognition to the self-declared state of Somaliland as a way to confront "the growing threat from China and uncertainty over Djibouti's future."

China’s Zero-COVID Policy and Travel Restrictions Leaves Thousands of Young Africans in Limbo

With China's borders all but sealed and no prospect of reopening soon as long as strict COVID-19 mitigation protocols are in effect, tens of thousands of African students are left wondering what's going to happen to their education at Chinese universities. ...