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China-Africa Think Tank Forum Gives a Peek of Increasingly Shared Messaging

The run-up to the triennial Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) is traditionally a moment when new Africa-China rhetoric is road-tested. The regular China-Africa Think Tank Forum is one of those testing grounds, where researchers, many of whom directly advise governments, sit down to articulate the relationship anew. ...

Kenya, China Prep for Upcoming FOCAC Summit in Beijing

Senior Chinese and Kenyan officials held talks in Nairobi about what will be on the agenda at the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit scheduled to take place later this fall in Beijing. The two sides met on Friday ...

The Sky is the Limit: Aviation and Africa-China Relations

By Lukas Fiala When Angolan President João Lourenço returned from China over the last week, he made a few noteworthy announcements. However, Lourenço’s apparent desire to have China finance an air force base in Angola stood out.

The Number of Chinese Workers in Africa is Now Less Than Half What it Was a Decade Ago

The population of Chinese workers in Africa now stands at 88,371, the lowest point since 2009 and less than half the amount of the peak in 2015, according to new data from the China-Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at Johns Hopkins University. ...

African Union Donkey Skin Trade Ban Laudable but Doubt, Pessimism Cloud Implementation

By 2020, the global donkey population stood at 53 million, two-thirds in Africa. Using the estimated human population in Africa, simple math shows that one donkey serves at least 37 people, making it a critical resource for the continent’s economy.

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

Beijing’s New Ambassador to Angola Arrives at a Critical Juncture in Africa-China Relations

By Lukas Fiala The arrival of China’s new ambassador, Zhang Bin, to Angola last week was barely noticed outside the niche community watching Chinese diplomacy. While this posting is reportedly Zhang’s first ambassadorial appointment, it is not his first in Angola. ...

Sierra Leone President Arrives in China for State Visit

Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio arrived in China on Tuesday to kick off a five-day visit that will culminate in Beijing with a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. Bio is also scheduled to meet with Premier Li Qiang ...

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.

Chinese Party-to-Party Diplomacy in Rwanda

Wellars Gasamagera, the Secretary-General of the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front party met with Wang Huning, one of Xi Jinping’s key political advisors and a senior member of the Communist Party of China. Wang is currently a member of ...

On Tour in Africa and Latin America-Caribbean: Analyzing Wang Yi’s First Foreign Visits of 2024

By Oyintarelado Moses Every year, the Chinese foreign minister launches China’s first foreign policy visit with a trip to Africa, but this year, the tour is slightly different. From January 13-22, Chinese foreign minister Wang ...
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