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It’s Been a Violent Year for Chinese Workers in Africa

Aside from everything else going on, 2020 is proving to be a rather violent year for Chinese workers in Africa, particularly in Nigeria. Today's news that yet another Chinese national was taken hostage by kidnappers who raided a construction site in Niger state follows a ...

The China-Mediterranean Observer: Chinese and Iranian Analysts Are Not Aligned on Proposed Pact

We found a number of very interesting articles published by the media of the wider Mediterranean region that provide important insights into some of the most interesting aspects of China’s relations with the countries there. Though we selected articles published by the media of a number of ...

Taiwan’s Flag Now Flying Again in Africa

Taiwan opened its newest mission in Africa today at a ceremony in Hargeisa, capital of the self-declared state of Somaliland. Although the new representative office is not quite the same as formal diplomatic recognition, it's certainly close and marks the rare win for President Tsai ...

COVID, International Cooperation, and China-Africa: What Next?

Compared to global COVID-19 hotspots such as Latin America, the United States, and India, African countries have – on average – fared relatively well thus far in the pandemic. However, cases are on the rise, with states such as South Africa and Egypt particularly badly hit, ...

A Totally Different China-Africa Conversation

China is such a polarizing issue in the U.S. and Europe at present that almost any discussion on the topic is bound to become political. That's certainly the case in the China-Africa space, where webinars hosted by U.S./European think tanks, universities, and companies often devote the bulk ...

The Chinese “Western Media Conspiracy”

When the news broke on Sunday that Kenyan Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced that he had decided to ban the import of Chinese-made PPE due to quality concerns, the reaction on Chinese social media was entirely predictable. Right off the bat ...

You Can Actually See Chinese Soft Power Draining Away in Nigeria

China's apparent unwillingness to engage Nigerian civil society in a discussion over the ongoing loan controversy is eroding what's left of Beijing's credibility in the media, politics and among the country's enormous young, online population that gets most of its news from social media. ...

Nigeria’s China Moment

The current anti-Chinese sentiment in Nigeria is a fascinating sign of the times, but I'm a it baffled about what it signals. I don't know enough about Nigerian society to be able to unpack it in detail. However, it seems like a symptom that China's narrative of ...

China: The Hot Button Domestic Political Issue in African Countries

China is fast becoming a contentious political issue in a growing number of African countries, just as in the U.S., Europe, and in most countries here in Asia. Political rivals find that it's becoming increasingly effective to disparage their opponents' ties to Beijing as a ...

Why the Lack of Chinese Transparency Undermines Trust in Kenya’s Sustainable Development

We were inching along Ngong Road, one of the major roads in Kenya that links Nairobi to Ngong town. Even at 3 in the afternoon, the traffic leading out of the capital was packed with commuters. Street-hawkers use this slowness to their advantage, going from window to ...
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