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Hannah Ryder on What to Expect This Year in China-Africa Relations

Qin Gang is carrying on a 33-year-old tradition by making Africa the first official visit of the new year for China's foreign minister. Qin took office just two weeks ago and is new to African affairs, so this week's five-nation tour ...

Qin Gang Kicks Off African Tour with AU Commission Strategic Dialogue

"Africa should be a big stage for the international cooperation, not an arena for major countries competition." This was the message from Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang, speaking during a press conference with AU Commission head Moussa Faki Mahamat in Addis Ababa on Wednesday. ...

Symbolism Galore as Qin Gang Opens Africa CDC HQ

Qin Gang’s many photo-ops in Addis Ababa included the opening ceremony of the Chinese-built Africa Centers for Disease Control Headquarters building on Wednesday. This is the latest in a series of high-profile buildings for African multilateral and government bodies built by China, ...

Qin Gang’s First Foreign Visit as FM Busted Some Conventions

China has made it a 32-year custom that its Foreign Minister's first foreign trip of the year is always to Africa. However, this year Qin Gang broke this tradition by stopping en route in Dhaka for a brief meeting with his Bangladeshi counterpart at the airport. 

Fresh Data on How China Affects African Jobs

Job creation is one of the most important issues in Africa-China relations. Two fascinating recent research articles give different takes on how engagement with China affects African development. The first focuses on the controversial issue of the importation of Chinese workers ...

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 ...

The Final Piece of China’s Central Asian BRI Puzzle Is In Place

A recent MoU between China and Turkmenistan means that the whole of Central Asia is now part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. This point was made during a briefing by Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin. The symbolism of completing the Central Asian portion of the BRI is ...