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Key International Stakeholders Gather in Beijing to Discuss How to Bolster African Industrial Supply Chains

The China-Africa Business Council and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized a seminar in Beijing this week that brought together high-level representatives from government, industry and civil society to discuss how to increase the value of African exports to China. The ...

eSwatini PM Visits Taiwan, Reaffirms Diplomatic Support

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen welcomed eSwatini Prime Minister Cleopas Sipho Dlamini during an official visit to Taipei. The prime minister expressed the Kingdom's support for Taiwan's admission to the United Nations and criticized China's efforts to coerce the island through "any ...

What’s the Strategy Behind South Africa’s Joint Naval Exercises With China and Russia?

South Africa’s joint naval exercises with China and Russia are drawing sharp criticism domestically and from Western allies. Beyond questions about the symbolism of its timing - overlapping with the one-year anniversary of the Ukraine invasion - many are baffled as to why SA is participating ...

Pentagon Not Happy About South African Naval Exercises But Won’t Admit It Publicly

The United States military is staying largely quiet over the ongoing joint naval exercises in South Africa that include Russia and China. Earlier, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs Chidi Blyden said the U.S. respects South Africa's ...

Chinese Fleet Arrives in South Africa for Controversial Joint Exercises With Russia

The 42nd Chinese naval escort fleet that includes the guided-missile destroyer Huainan and the missile frigate Rizhao arrived on Sunday in South Africa's Port of Richards Bay to participate in this week's controversial joint naval exercises with Russia. The drills, known ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Xi Bets on Global South in Moscow

Today is a public holiday in South Africa – Human Rights Day. There’s a certain irony in spending the day focusing on China’s President Xi Jinping’s visit to Vladimir Putin, knee-deep in a human rights disaster.
What one makes of the Ukraine crisis increasingly maps on where one lives. This is made clear by a remarkable new set of polling data recently published by the European Council on Foreign Relations ...

China Updates 2022 Africa Trade Figures

Chinese customs authorities are slowly releasing new trade data for individual African countries following its January announcement that trade with the continent rose by 14.5% to $276.8 billion. Country data is similarly higher than in 2021. ...

Solar Power to the People

By Sophie Mbugua, Wesley Langat The second instalment of this two-part series visits the Garissa solar power plant in eastern Kenya to explore the role of renewables in the energy transition. Heading north from the ...

Decoding China’s Record-Breaking 2022 Trade With Africa

China's trade with countries in Africa broke a new record in 2022 at $282 billion, up 11% from last year's $254 billion in two-way trade.  The data reaffirms China's position as the continent's largest bilateral trading partner and shows it's solidly ...

Qin Gang Kicks Off African Tour with AU Commission Strategic Dialogue

"Africa should be a big stage for the international cooperation, not an arena for major countries competition." This was the message from Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang, speaking during a press conference with AU Commission head Moussa Faki Mahamat in Addis Ababa on Wednesday. ...

Fresh Data on How China Affects African Jobs

Job creation is one of the most important issues in Africa-China relations. Two fascinating recent research articles give different takes on how engagement with China affects African development. The first focuses on the controversial issue of the importation of Chinese workers ...
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