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Chinese Spox Angrily Responds to U.S. Assertion African Governments Put Sovereignty at Risk When Using Huawei

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian used especially pointed language during Monday's regular press briefing in Beijing to denounce U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman's recent warning to Angola and other African governments not to use equipment made by Huawei. Sherman made ...

Ethiopia Launches Huawei-powered 5G Network in Addis Ababa

Ethio-Telecom Chief Executive Officer, Frehiwot Tamru (photo) hosted a glamorous launch party complete with some kind of robot to kick off the company's launch of its new Huawei-powered 5G mobile network in Addis Ababa. For now, only certain neighborhoods in the ...

Zambia Wants Debt Reduction As Part of Renegotiation: Hichilema

Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema is optimistic that Zambia’s debt renegotiation is now on track, following the recent announcement that China and France will head the creditors’ committee. The committee's first meeting will be next week. Speaking at a mining conference in Cape Town, 

Sinosteel Signs Iron Ore Deal with Cameroon

The Chinese state-owned steelmaker Sinosteel signed a $690 million deal to mine iron ore at southern Cameroon’s Lobe Mine. The deal is part of China’s ongoing attempts to lessen its dependence on Australian iron ore, as it also diversifies its sourcing away from other major suppliers, like Brazil.  ...

Why Did Chinese Lending to Zambia Go So Wrong? Zambia-China Expert Counts the Ways

Ching Kwan (CK) Lee is one of the most influential thinkers on Africa-China relations working today. While she’s mostly known in academic circles, her analysis has reshaped thinking about the nature of China’s global influence, especially in Africa. A professor of ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China Intensifies SE Asian Diplomacy Amid U.S.-Philippine Exercises

Tensions are high in the South China Sea as the Philippines kicks off its annual Balikatan joint military exercises with the United States. The opening ceremony of the three-week, 17,000-troop operation took place on Tuesday, aimed at “highlighting ironclad alliance” between Washington and Manila, according to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. The exercises will also include France and Australia.
In response, China is signaling its own regional relationships. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi ...

Star Power Boosts Rwandan Coffee in Online Sales Session

The famous Chinese actress Liu Tao recently hosted a live sale of Rwandan coffee on Alibaba’s e-commerce website Taobao. She sold 500kg of coffee beans in 5 minutes. It usually takes two to three months to sell that much on e-commerce sites. These ...

China and the Future of Environmental Governance in Ghana

Ghana's worsening economic crisis is prompting concerns it will further erode the country's already weak environmental governance system that Chinese actors have profited from in the mining, fishing, and timber sectors. Meantime, local communities across the country suffer amid declining fish ...