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Chinese-Funded, Constructed Dams Prioritized in Zimbabwe’s Irrigation and Energy Plan

Zimbabwe is accelerating the construction of 12 large dams to irrigate at least 350,000 hectares by 2025 and generate hydropower while also providing potable water. The acceleration plan is meant to increase land acreage under irrigation with farmers in Zimbabwe ...

New Afrobarometer Polling Shows Both China and the U.S. Losing Popularity in Africa

Both China and the United States are becoming less popular in Africa. This was the main finding of a preliminary release of new opinion survey data from the Africa-focused polling company Afrobarometer. The full details of the poll haven’t been released yet, ...

Groundbreaking for Confucius Institute in Central African Republic Just Weeks After Massacre of Chinese Miners

An inauguration ceremony for a new Confucius Institute was held at Bangui University in the Central African Republic last week. It comes only a few weeks after nine Chinese mining personnel were killed and two injured in a gun attack in the city. There is still no ...

Chinese Companies Also Want to Limit Their Exposure to China Risk

Western companies like Apple aren’t alone in trying to limit their exposure to China. Chinese companies are increasingly eyeing overseas expansion too. While some of these moves are due to cost factors like lower salaries in countries like Bangladesh, increased geopolitical tensions are playing a growing role.

How Chinese Demand for African Pangolins Worsens Security in Cameroon

The African pangolin is a small mammal covered in hard scales. These scales are used in Chinese traditional medicine, fueling an illegal global trade that is driving these shy animals to extinction. Pangolins are now the most poached animal on earth, with one being killed every three ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Joint Battlefield Training to Raise Pressure in South China Sea

The U.S. military will reportedly introduce joint combat training with the Philippines in June. Major General Marcus Evans, commander of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, told the Associated Press that the training would increase the Philippine army’s ability to fight in challenging jungle conditions.
The training will run from June 1 to 10. At Manila’s request, the training will be held in Philippine territory for the first time. It will involve about 2,000 people ...

Explainer: How ‘Modernization’ Became China’s Newest Talking Point

Qin Gang’s first press conference as Foreign Minister also saw the launch of a new Africa-focused talking point: Chinese modernization is different from and more inclusive than that of the West. Since then, Qin has repeated this point for example, at the Lanting ...

Partnership With China Could See Egypt Lead Africa’s Satellite Climate Change Studies

China is bearing the bulk of financing Egypt’s Horus Satellite program meant to boost Africa’s fight against climate change. Last month, Egypt’s space program launched another satellite, Horus-2, to help with monitoring climate change in the country that is increasingly edging ...