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OPay’s Failure Prompts Reflection in Nigeria’s Tech Community

Last week's announcement by the Chinese-owned Nigerian-based e-commerce and payments company OPay to suspend four of its services (ORide, OTrade, OCar, OFood) caught a lot of people by surprise. After raising an impressive $170 million in a Series B funding round last fall from some ...

Another High Profile Chinese Ambassador in Africa to Leave Soon

China's Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian, is making the rounds this week to say good-bye to officials in Abuja ahead of his planned departure. Ambassador Zhou is the third high profile Chinese envoy to rotate out of their post in Africa following this spring's departure ...

Kenya’s Embattled Standard Gauge Railway Reopens After COVID-19 Lockdown and Now Has to Earn a Lot of Money Fast to Repay Chinese Loans

Kenya's ailing Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) announced plans to resume passenger service between Nairobi and Mombasa now that President Uhuru Kenyatta lifted the partial lockdown in the capitol. During the lockdown, brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak, the SGR only carried cargo on its various ...

Chinese, Arab Foreign Ministers Wrap Up Uneventful Low Key Forum

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi met on Monday with his counterparts from North Africa, the Mideast, and the Gulf for a surprisingly low-key online ministerial conference. The 9th ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum, comparable to the Forum on China Africa Cooperation, was co-hosted by Jordanian ...

COVID-19 is Changing the China-Africa Wildlife Trade

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on the China-Africa wildlife trade. In response to the outbreak that was first detected in a wet market that sold live animals in Wuhan, the Chinese government has introduced a number of new ...

The Chinese Embassy in Malawi Showcases White Hunters in its Appeal to Crackdown on the Illegal Wildlife Trade

Given China's outsized role in the illicit African wildlife trade, it's interesting to note the imagery that the Chinese embassy in Malawi selected in their Tweet today to denounce illegal poaching.

As China’s International Relations Become Increasingly Fractious, Friendly Ties With Small Countries Like Ghana Gain Importance

China and Ghana marked the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations on Sunday and while these kinds of anniversaries typically aren't very newsworthy, this year, well, things are different. Amid conflicts with India, the U.S., UK, Vietnam, Japan, Canada, Australia, and Sweden among a number ...

University of Cape Town Professor Says Africans Need to Understand Why China Values Ties With the Continent

Professor Carlos Lopes from the University of Cape Town is challenging the widely-held perception that Africa is very important to China's broader global economic agenda. Well, they're wrong, he said in a recent interview with Zimbabwean newspaper publisher Trevor Ncube.

Will China Use Today’s Summit With Arab Leaders to Promote Its Policies in Xinjiang?

Arab and Chinese leaders will meet today via video conference to take part in the 9th Ministerial China-Arab States Cooperation Forum, a similar grouping to that of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). While Chinese support for Arab and Gulf States' efforts to mitigate ...

Both China and Somalia Equally Upset About Taiwan’s Entreaties With Somaliland

Somali President Mohamed Farmajo met with Chinese Ambassador Qin Jian on Saturday to publicly reaffirm Mogadishu's commitment to the "One China Policy" following last week's news that Taiwan was moving to establish a representative office in the self-declared breakaway state of Somaliland.
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