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The Hidden World of Chinese Manufacturing in Ethiopia

Ethiopia's long-held ambition is to one day emerge as a major global manufacturing hub, benefiting from a wave of Chinese offshoring. The East African country's strategic location, abundant labor supply, and welcoming government are all very enticing for cost-conscious Chinese manufacturers. ...

China-Cambodia Film Tour Kicks Off

This year's China-Cambodia film tour kicked off Friday in Cambodia's Siem Reap Province, home to the famous Angkor Wat temple complex. The annual event, which began in 2016 and screens films throughout Cambodia, is jointly hosted by the state-owned China Media ...

New Documentary Humanizes the China-Africa Relationship

Eat Bitter is a new documentary making the rounds of the international film festival circuit that tells the story of two men, one from China and the other from the Central African Republic (CAR), who work on opposite ends of the ...

Blockbuster Movie Scares Chinese Tourists Away From Thailand

Chinese tourists landing in Bangkok on Monday were greeted with a heroes welcome, including Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, who went to the airport to personally welcome the first batch of visa-free visitors. Thailand is desperate to revive its Chinese tourism ...

New “Chinese Savior” Medical Drama Set in Africa Now Streaming

A new big-budget Chinese medical drama set in a fictitious African country was released this week on major Chinese streaming platforms, the latest installment in the burgeoning genre of "Chinese savior" narratives. "Welcome to Milele Village" is a series that focuses ...

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Letter From DC: Is Africa Holding Itself Back?

Whoo boy…We picked a doozy of a week to be in town. The overlapping reverberations from leadership fights within the Democratic Party, the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, and the announcement of JD Vance as his vice-presidential candidate are understandably focusing attention inwards.
That said, we’ve had fascinating conversations with very smart folks who focus on Africa, the wider Global South, and China’s role there. One theme ...

China and Kenya to Collaborate on Film-Making

The Chinese and Kenyan governments signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop their film industries and to boost exchange programs between the two countries. The agreement with China Film Administration came as Kenya hosted a large new film festival commemorating the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties.

Chinese Blockbuster Wandering Earth II Extends Africa Release With Premiere in Egypt

The Chinese sci-fi spectacle, The Wandering Earth II, is slowly turning into a global blockbuster. The film debuted to enthusiastic audiences in Egypt after getting similarly positive responses in other African countries, including South Africa, Zambia and Mozambique.

Chinese Sci-Fi Blockbuster Wandering Earth 2 to Open in Southern Africa

The Chinese movie hit "Wandering Earth 2" will open next week in four southern African countries beginning with South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe on March 10th, followed by Zambia the week after. The science fiction blockbuster has already taken in $566 million ...

Libya Blockbuster Leads China’s National Day Movie Releases

Home Coming led China's National Day holiday box office bonanza, racking up $144 million in ticket sales during its first week of release. The holiday is usually marked with movies aimed at patriotic audiences. Home Coming dramatizes the evacuation of Chinese citizens from Libya in 2011.