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DRC Military Officials Are Learning Chinese

The Congolese Military Language Institute will set up a Confucius Institute classroom to help soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo to learn Chinese. This follows a recent announcement that the Sudanese army is also implementing the teaching of Mandarin. ...

Nairobi Expressway Causes Controversies Amid Excitement

Even as Nairobi residents are buzzing with excitement about their new expressway, which will shave hours off cross-city commutes, the Chinese-built project is also raising popular jitters. Two recent controversies have highlighted the anxieties the project is raising about Chinese influence ...

Sudan’s First Confucius Institute Strengthens Military Ties

The Sudanese army is going to learn to speak Chinese! Well, at least a small contingent will. This follows the opening of the country’s first Confucius Institute at the University of Khartoum this week. The CI’s inaugural class will be made ...

The U.S. and Europe May No Longer Want Confucius Institutes, But That is Not the Case in Africa

The Chinese language and cultural centers known as Confucius Institutes long fell out of favor in the United States and Europe, where critics accused the Chinese government-backed initiative of being a vector for propaganda. That is not the ...

Meet Nigeria’s First Female Train Conductor (Who Also Happens to be Fluent in Mandarin)

The state-owned China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) that built the new Lagos-to-Ibadan standard gauge railway in Nigeria, published a cute corporate video recently that showcased the country's first female train conductor. Introduced only by her Chinese name Bai Yang, she ...

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India Could Ban Cheap Chinese Phones

The Indian government could push Chinese mobile phone manufacturers out of the lower end of its market, according to a new report by Bloomberg. The possible ban is reportedly aimed at boosting India’s failing domestic phone makers in the lucrative sub-12,000 rupee ($150) sector. 

The move will be a blow to Chinese companies like Xiaomi, RealMe, and Transsion, who make up 80% of sales in the sub-$150 sector. Low-end smartphones occupy a third ...

Senegalese Government Officials Are Ready to Say 你好 (Hello) to Thousands of Chinese Visitors Attending Next Week’s FOCAC

Dozens of Senegalese officials from throughout the government have completed a Chinese language and culture training program at the University of Dakar's Confucius Institute in preparation for next week's Forum on China-Africa Cooperation conference that will take place next week. The ...

A Group of South African Tourist Guides Graduated From a Chinese Language and Culture Program… But There’s One Small Problem Though

16 tour guides in South Africa graduated on Friday from a six-week program that taught them Chinese language and culture in the hope they'll be able to better support what was once one of the fastest-growing sources of tourism to SA.

South Africa is Training More Tour Guides to Speak Chinese

Thanks to direct flights and a streamlined visa approval process, visitors from China were among the fastest-growing segment in South Africa's tourism market. At least, that was before the COVID-19 outbreak. But once the borders open again and travel resumes, South ...

Madagascar’s Military Will Soon Learn to Say 你好 (Hello)

Officials in Madagascar's Ministry of Defense will soon have the chance to study Mandarin thanks to a new program set up by the embassy's new military office in Antananarivo. The objective of the course is to facilitate "broader, smoother and sounder communication" between the two militaries.

While Kenyan Parents Worry About Their Kids’ Schooling During Lockdown, the Country’s Education Head Thinks This is a Good Time Talk About Everyone Learning Chinese

The topic of Mandarin language instruction is extremely sensitive in Kenya even during good times, so you can imagine the reaction that Education Chief Secretary George Magoha received this weekend when he hinted that Chinese language education would be included in the country's national curriculum known as ...
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