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CITES Under Pressure to Crack Down on Elephant Trade and Loosen Restriction on Ivory Sales

Wednesday marked World Elephant Day (yes, apparently elephants also have their own day) and that sparked a heated discussion over the African ivory trade and Zimbabwe's controversial sales of young elephants to China. While conservationists and those who advocate for more relaxed wildlife trade regulations ...

New China-Africa Trade Data Shows Mixed Results (And That’s Really Good News, All Things Considered)

A number of countries across Africa this week are reporting trade figures for the first half of the year and they're surprisingly mixed given the enormous disruption brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak. In some cases, a sharp fall in Chinese ...

How COVID-19 is Messing Up Lucrative Africa-Asia Trade Routes

SABC Correspondent Richard Kimber reports from Hong Kong's main cargo terminal on how new quarantine regulations for container vessels is further slowing African trade with China, and Asia as a whole. ...

The UN Economic Commission for Africa Makes Rare Public Appeal to China on Debt Relief

High-level representatives from the African Union (AU) Commission, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) as well as officials from China and various African countries met on Tuesday to discuss the "fight against the pandemic in Africa." ...

The Complicated Geopolitics Behind the G20’s Debt Suspension Program

Africa economist Mark Bohlund made an interesting observation yesterday following the news that both Djibouti and Zambia had been approved by the G20 to take part in the Debt Service Suspension Initiative. The fact that both countries owe little to nothing to one of China's ...

No Evidence, No Problem: Nigerian Media’s Love Affair With the Chinese “Debt Trap” Narrative

Even though scholars from around the world have debunked the charge and there's no evidence to support it, the Chinese debt trap meme is alive and well in some of Nigeria's leading newspapers. The ongoing Chinese loan controversy in Nigeria has ...

Nigeria’s Debt Management Office Tries (Again) to Set the Record Straight About Chinese Loans

For a second time, the Nigerian Debt Management Office (DMO) published easy to understand infographics that attempt to dispel the downright inaccurate information circulating in the press and on social media about the country's loans from China. The DMO ...

You Can Actually See Chinese Soft Power Draining Away in Nigeria

China's apparent unwillingness to engage Nigerian civil society in a discussion over the ongoing loan controversy is eroding what's left of Beijing's credibility in the media, politics and among the country's enormous young, online population that gets most of its news from social media. ...

Nigeria’s China Moment

The current anti-Chinese sentiment in Nigeria is a fascinating sign of the times, but I'm a it baffled about what it signals. I don't know enough about Nigerian society to be able to unpack it in detail. However, it seems like a symptom that China's narrative of ...

Chinese Embassy to Nigeria: Don’t Worry, We’re Not Going to Seize Your Assets

A spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Abuja tried to reassure increasingly anxious Nigerians that Beijing has no plans to use loans as a way to seize strategic assets. Press Officer Sun Saixiong addressed the ongoing controversy over a contentious clause in a contract that a ...
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