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China Donates Trucks, Non-Lethal Equipment to the Kenya’s Military

For the second time in a month, China is providing an East African military with a sizable donation of non-lethal equipment and support vehicles. On Monday, Kenya's Defense Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa took delivery of dozens of trucks and unspecified "engineering equipment" during ...

Zimbabwe’s Top Leaders Bestow Awards on Chinese Steel and Mining Companies

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa along with VP Constantine Chiwenga and Mining Minister Winston Chitanda awarded three Chinese steel and mining companies with the country's inaugural Mining Excellence Awards last week at a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Harare. The companies, Tsingshan Holdings ...

Illegal Fishing, Human Rights Abuses Rampant Aboard China’s Distant Fishing Trawlers in SE Asia and Africa, Says NGO

There are new allegations of widespread environmental abuses and human rights violations committed by crews aboard China's distant water fishing fleet operating in Southeast Asia and West Africa in particular. A new report by the UK-based NGO Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) that ...

A Full-on Freak Out is Underway About China’s New Security Pact With the Solomon Islands

A joint security agreement between the Solomon Islands and China is sparking considerable anxiety among government officials, security analysts, and scholars in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States who see it as a direct challenge to both countries' military interests in the Pacific.

Exploring China’s Increasingly Prominent Role in Africa’s Media Sector

China is now a major player in the African media market, particularly in anglophone countries across the continent where its government-produced digital, broadcast, and print services are all widely available. The Chinese have invested heavily in building a formidable media ecosystem ...

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 ...

Hello World! China’s AU Mission is Now on Twitter

China's mission to the African Union opened a Twitter account on Monday, becoming the 53rd Chinese diplomatic entity in Africa that's now active on the microblogging platform.  For some unknown reason, Chinese diplomats and missions in Africa are far more active on ...

Africa, Latin America and the Active Non-Alignment Option

By Jorge Heine Seventeen African countries, most prominently South Africa, abstained in the United Nations General Assembly vote from condemning Russia for invading Ukraine and demanding Moscow stop fighting and withdraw its military forces. Many more that voted in favor of condemning ...

Rising Debt and a Sinking Currency is a Bad Combination For Kenya

Kenya's embattled currency, the shilling, sank even further on Monday, dipping to an all-time low of 115 against the U.S. dollar, prompting renewed concerns that the country will soon face a dramatic economic reckoning.  The problem is that every time the shilling ...