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The Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe Rallies to Defend Chinese Businesses in Worsening Stand-off With Civil Society Groups

The Chinese embassy in Harare stepped up on Monday to defend Chinese businesses, mostly in the mining sector, against accusations of environmental and social abuse made by a coalition of 27 civil society organizations (CSOs).

Report: Increased Chinese Economic Engagement in Africa Has Led to Enhanced Political Alignment

China is realizing significant political dividends from its steadily rising economic engagement in Africa over the past two decades, according to new findings by a trio of scholars in the United States. The researchers, Carla D. Jones, Hermann ...

A Flurry of China-Africa Webinars at Institutions Across the U.S.

Interest in China-Africa relations among scholars and institutions in the U.S. appears to be on the rise in 2022, at least as measured by the number of webinars on the topic over the past couple of weeks: THE HOOVER INSTITUTION ...

5,600kgs of Ethiopian Coffee Sells Out in Just 5 Seconds on Alibaba’s Livestream

When Ethiopian ambassador to China Teshome Toga agreed to join online influencer Li Jiaqi on a livestream on Alibaba's mega e-shopping platform T-mall to sell Ethiopian coffee, he no doubt imagined that he would have to do a bit of promotion to help jumpstart sales. ...

Xiao Long’s Unexciting But Very Interesting Vlog on Daily Life in Rural Rwanda

Xiao Long's (aka "Little Dragon") YouTube vlog isn't particularly exciting. He doesn't food blog, have a cute girlfriend that shoots his videos, or go on fancy adventures that fans love to watch. In fact, his monotone voice-over style is downright ...

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 ...

The Big Chill

Over the last few years, we’ve seen increasing hand-wringing in Western capitals about how the money China is spending in the Global South translates into direct political influence. This week research was published that quantifies the issue. A new report ...