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Ugandan Food Vlogger in Rural China Becomes Unlikely Social Media Star

30-year Ugandan immigrant Rose is now a full-fledged social media star on China's TikTok equivalent Douyin. Now, with more than a million followers and almost 200 million likes, Rose (who doesn't reveal her last name) has become one of China's most popular food vloggers. ...

Chinese Tourist Flight Given Hero’s Welcome in Cambodia

In a sign of how eager Southeast Asian countries are to welcome back Chinese visitors, the first flight from China since outbound travel resumed was given a ceremonial welcome when it landed on Tuesday in the Cambodian capital Phenom Penh. Cambodia ...

China’s Highly Selective Retribution Against Countries That Impose COVID Tests

The Chinese government on Tuesday stopped issuing short-term visas to travelers from South Korea and Japan in retaliation against COVID tests both countries imposed on Chinese visitors. The Chinese Foreign Ministry called the testing requirement for Chinese nationals "unacceptable" and "unscientific."

Chinese Arrivals Feted at Bangkok Airport

In a striking demonstration of how central Chinese tourism is to Southeast Asian economies, travelers arriving from a reopening China were literally applauded as they disembarked in Bangkok this week.

Nigeria Awards Huawei Contract to Build Electronic Border Surveillance System

Huawei will build a new satellite-based electronic monitoring system along sections of Nigeria's 5,000-kilometer border in a bid to stem the flow of illegal immigrants and to provide early detection of security threats. Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola said last week that the ...

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Argentina Scores $924 Million in Deals from China

Argentina’s Economy Minister Sergio Massa managed to secure almost a billion dollars‘ worth of investment deals on the first leg of his trip to China.
He is on an economic rescue mission, with talks expected to renew and extend a currency swap agreement in order to infuse much-needed foreign money into the Argentinian economy.

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Ghanaian Government Steps Up Illegal Mining Crackdown in the Wake of Aisha Huang Arrest

Ghanaian security forces arrested 164 people last week in a new crackdown on the illegal small-scale gold mining known as "galamsey." Many of those detained are foreigners, mostly from West African countries but none from China. The government's renewed ...

Galamsey Queen Update: Ghana’s President Digs the Hole Deeper

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo has poured gasoline on the controversy around the recent re-arrest of En (aka Aisha) Huang, a Chinese national accused of returning to Ghana to engage in illegal gold mining despite being deported four years ago for similar crimes.  ...

Deportation Lapses Revealed in Ghana’s Illegal Mining Scandal

New revelations about how En (Aisha) Huang, Ghana’s so-called Queen of Galamsey (illegal small-scale gold mining), managed to make her way back to the country despite being deported are adding political heat to an already red-hot controversy. A ...

Arrest of Ghana’s Chinese Queen of Illegal Gold Mining Embarrasses Government

The re-arrest of a Chinese national deported from Ghana in 2018 for illegal small-scale gold mining (known in Ghana as galamsey) is causing a media sensation and raising many embarrassing questions. Reporting about the arrest of En (aka Aisha) Huang has ...

South African Anti-Foreigner Campaign Targets Chinese

The worrying escalation of xenophobia in South Africa is reportedly now hitting the country's Chinese community. Under the banner of Operation Dudula ('force out' in isiZulu), protesters marched to the China City mall in Johannesburg to protest the presence of foreigners, whom the movement blames for crime ...
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