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South Pacific Countries Balk at China’s Comprehensive Proposal, Dealing Visiting FM Wang Yi a Rare Public Setback

Midway through Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's 10-day South Pacific tour and the trip, so far, is not going according to plan. Normally on these kinds of high-profile extended diplomatic excursions to strategically important regions, Chinese officials work hard to ensure that all parties are in alignment ...

Australia Breathes a Big Sigh of Relief After Pacific Island Countries Push Back Against China

You can see from the expression on visiting Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong's face the palpable relief from the reception that she received in Fiji over the weekend and, no doubt, to the news that as a group, Pacific Island Countries balked at China's plan to deepen ...

Chinese Lending Poses “Serious Danger” to Poor Countries Warns German Chancellor

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz became the latest Western leader to warn about the purported systemic risks to the global economy posed by Chinese lending to developing countries.  Chancellor Scholz addressed the issue at an event in Stuttgart ...

China’s Tecno and Infinix Ranked Among the Top Brands in Africa

Transsion's Tecno unit slipped a spot to #6 in Brand Africa's annual ranking of the most admired brands but it still remained firmly in the top ten and was the highest-ranked of any Chinese company.  Two other phone brands, ...

China Celebrates African Business Competition Launched by a Man and His Former Company Who Shall Not Be Named

Up until a few years ago, the annual African Business Heroes (ABH) competition was a huge deal, generating massive online excitement. Today, well, not so much. In fact, it's hard to tell that the ABH contest ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

A Chinese Giant’s Complicity in South Africa’s Corruption Disaster

Anyone who knows a South African will be amply aware that the country is currently undergoing economically ruinous rolling blackouts labeled ‘loadshedding.’ Even if you don’t know them, South Africans are liable to follow you down the street, foam-flecked and shouting about Eskom, the corruption-addled state power utility.
The loadshedding scandal is rooted in corruption. It’s only the most visible part of a historical tragedy: how the ruling African National Congress ...