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Chinese Residents Swept Up in South African Immigration Raid

A number of Chinese nationals are now in custody following a large-scale inter-agency operation to crack down on undocumented immigrants in a poor neighborhood north of Johannesburg. In all, more than 400 people were detained, including 380 charged with immigration violations, according to news reports. ...

Chinese Embassy in Nigeria Warns Against Overstaying, Kidnapping, Organ Harvesting

Chinese diplomatic missions in Nigeria issued stern warnings to Chinese nationals in-country not to overstay their visas and to be more attentive to their personal security. The latter message also warned residents against the danger of kidnapping, saying that victims also face the danger of having their organs harvested. ...

Outlier or New Normal? Trends from the 2022 China’s Global Energy Finance Database Update

By Cecilia Han Springer 2021 saw persistent economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, narrowing borrowing capacities in developing countries, and a global trend towards phasing out coal. These factors converged in a shocking finding from the 2022 release of the China Global Energy Finance (CGEF) Database, managed ...

Robbers Target Chinese Factory in Zimbabwe

Sixteen armed attackers robbed a Chinese-owned brick factory last week outside of Harare, injuring two employees, one Zimbabwean the other Chinese. No arrests were made as the assailants fled before the police arrived, according to a report on the Zimbabwe Chinese Network WeChat page. ...

Nairobi Expressway Workers’ COVID Woes

As Kenya eagerly awaits the opening of the new Chinese-built Nairobi Expressway, concerns about workers and costs are surfacing. The Nation newspaper reported that the contractor, China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), has reportedly refused to let some workers return to their hometowns since March 2020. This ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...

Kenya’s Artisans Decry Chinese Imports

Artisanal craftspeople in Kenya are complaining that they’re being edged out by cheap Chinese imports. The national broadcaster KTN’s report comes as Kenya tries to deal with its massive Chinese trade imbalance. Trade numbers show the country imported about $4 billion worth of goods from ...

Could China’s Grain Hoard Become a Geopolitical Tool?

Russia’s war on Ukraine is increasingly being hitting African food security, and raising political tensions in the process. For example, Egypt is the world’s largest importer of wheat and gets half of its supply from Russia and Ukraine. This is also true for Kenya, which imports 30% of ...

Chinese Motorcycle Factory Opens in Angola

A new Chinese motorcycle factory has kicked off in Angola, one of several new automotive ventures in African countries. The Chinese state-owned heave vehicle company Sinotruk announced a new $20 million assembly line in Tanzania, while China's First Automotive Works (FAW) has also started producing trucks in ...

South Africa’s SABC Tackles DRC-China Relations

While African broadcasters frequently cover Africa-China relations on talk shows, it’s rare to see African reporters covering the issue on location in other African countries. So it was notable to see South Africa’s state broadcaster, SABC News, produce a report from ...