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The Long Arm of Chinese Law Enforcement in Southeast Asia

Two China Eastern planes chartered by the Ministry of Public Security arrived in Wuhan from Cambodia on Sunday carrying the last batch of 680 telecom fraud suspects apprehended in a joint Sino-Cambodian police operation earlier this month. Soon after they disembarked, ...

African Development Bank Suspends Chinese Contractor Due to Fraud

The African Development Bank (AfDB) banned China Henan International Corporation Group (CHICO) from working on any bank-funded projects for one year following an investigation that found "fraudulent activity." The bank determined that CHICO failed to disclose that it hired ...

More Than 800 Suspected Scammers Arrested in Myanmar-China Joint Operation

More than 800 people suspected of being cross-border scammers were arrested in a joint police operation by Myanmar and China, the junta and Beijing's embassy in Yangon said on Monday. Scam compounds have flourished in Myanmar, staffed by citizens from China ...

Chinese Engineer Kidnapped in Nigeria

A Chinese road engineer was kidnapped in Nigeria, and a member of his security detail was killed. The Chinese national is likely being held for ransom by a kidnapping gang, but no ransom has yet been demanded. The identity of the ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

Chinese Telecom Fraud Suspects in Myanmar Discover Even Amid an Insurgency They Can Still Get Caught

Chinese security officials are celebrating the apprehension of ten "major suspects" accused of large-scale telecom fraud who were captured in Myanmar and forcibly repatriated this week. The group arrived in the southern Chinese city of Kunming on Tuesday aboard a jet chartered ...

Guarding West Africa’s Forests: Exploring Ways to Put an End to Illegal Chinese Timber Trade

Together, the United States and China import $40 billion worth of timber products each year, quite a bit of which is harvested illegally from West Africa's rapidly shrinking forests. But cracking down on this illicit trade is extremely difficult given that ...

South African Chinese Community Complains About Police Harassment

A video of South African police officers hitting someone filming them and forcibly arresting the person has gone viral on Chinese social media in South Africa. The video went viral after being shared online by the prominent journalist and social activist Yusuf ...

Lack of Political Will in Ghana Fuels Illegal Rosewood Logging, Smuggling to China

Such is the desire for rosewood that it’s the world’s most trafficked wild product —more than ivory, rhino horn, and pangolin scales combined.

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