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What the Polls Tell Us About U.S.-China Influence Competition in Africa

Gauging China's popularity around the world is a bit like trying to find your bearings in a hall of mirrors. One survey says one thing, another says another, and in the end, we're all left scratching our heads, wondering who's right. ...

The African Union’s Agenda 2063: Positioning China and Other External Partners

China is Africa’s biggest cooperating partner in recent years. The principles underpinning China’s foreign policy on the continent, comprising of equality, respect for sovereignty as well as mutual benefits and co-development, are all reasons for the acceptance and reception of China’s engagements in Africa.

Three Suspects Arrested for Murder of Chinese Man in Angola

Three men were arrested on Friday for the murder of a Chinese national in a brazen daylight robbery two days earlier in the capital of Luanda.  The brutal act was captured on surveillance footage and serves as a grim reminder ...

Why the Africa-China Relationship Poses a Climate Challenge to Europe

Thinking about Africa in the context of the climate crisis makes for some cognitive dissonance. On the one hand, the continent’s massive potential for renewable energy, its stocks of critical minerals, and its storehouses of oil, gas, and coal make it a huge “ka-ching” in continental form. ...

China’s Total Global Trade Fell Last Year Except With Africa, Australia

The value of China's total global trade dipped 5% in 2023 compared to the previous years to $5.93 trillion dollars, according to figures released by the General Administration of Customs (GAC). Every January, the GAC releases these preliminary figures that are ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Zimbabwe Agreement Could Signal China’s Return to African Rail

TransTech, a subsidiary of China Railway Group, reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) that could lead to a recapitalization of the country’s railway network.
Bloomberg reports that the agreement is currently limited to studying the project and producing a feasibility report by the end of June. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said: “It is our expectation that in the upcoming Forum for China and Africa taking place ...

Q&A: Chinese, and Nigerian Researchers Collaborate on Super Sub-Saharan Africa Electricity System

China's strategic investments through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) showcase its aspiration to play a role in the global energy infrastructure.

Xi Meets with Kenyan, UN, Nigerian Leaders

Chinese President Xi Jinping had another flurry of high-level meetings on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum on Wednesday. During his meeting with Kenyan President William Ruto, Xi pledged further support for investment in Kenya, as well as cooperation in ...

Ethiopia-China Ties Upgraded

China upgraded its relations with Ethiopia to an “all-weather” strategic partnership. The announcement came after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s meeting with Xi Jinping. The upgrade comes as Ethiopia is slowly emerging from its civil war and recently joined the BRICS group. ...

Kenyan Farmers Watch as Chinese Garlic Slowly Claims Market

Significant imports from China are meant to meet the shortfall since Kenyan farmers produce only 2,000 metric tonnes which only meets 50 to 60% of local needs. The rest is supplemented by imports from Rwanda and Tanzania.

Q&A: African, Chinese and European Scientists Collaborating to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Kenya’s Smallholder Farms

A growing number of joint research projects between Chinese and African scientists on climate change is increasing collaboration, producing different data to help address challenges brought on by changing weather patterns. At the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Zhu ...
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