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Chinese Special Envoy Visits Djibouti as Part of Horn Tour

Xue Bing, China’s recently-appointed Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa, continued his tour of the region with a visit to Djibouti. He held separate meetings with President Ismail Omar Guelleh, and Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, Djibouti’s Foreign Minister. ...

Chinese Embassy in DR Congo Introduces New Measures to Protect Its People From Rising Crime and Insecurity

Worsening security conditions in the Democratic Republic of Congo is prompting the Chinese embassy in Kinshasa to ask all Chinese nationals in the country to add their contact details to a new WeChat registration system so that they can be easily contacted in the event of an emergency. ...

Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe Hits Back at Press Criticism of Chinese Firms

The Chinese embassy in Zimbabwe renewed its critique of local and Western media’s ‘slander’ against Chinese companies in the country in a lengthy post published Wednesday on its website. Under the headline "False News and Truth," it listed examples of what it called "irresponsible" reporting ...

Experts and Analysts Not Terribly Concerned About the Prospect of China Using Yuan to Buy Saudi Oil

News that Chinese and Saudi Arabian officials are negotiating to use yuan instead of dollars to purchase oil sparked a surprisingly low-key reaction among political observers and market watchers. "While there has been some hyperventilating, the reaction is generally much less excited than it would ...

New Articles Promote”Chinese Democracy” to African Readers 

Two new articles promoting the idea that the Chinese system represents an alternative form of democracy from that promoted by Western countries have appeared in the South African and Nigerian press this week. While they were apparently written by African journalists, they follow Chinese state talking points ...

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 ...

How China Uses Media to Try and Influence Foreign Audiences

Readers of African newspapers may have spotted articles that seemingly come off as a little too effusive about China. A fascinating new article by the China Media Project at the University of Hong Kong reveals why that may be the case and how Chinese authorities ...