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WEEK IN REVIEW: Zambia Debt | Lula’s China Diss | China-Africa Journalism

Zambia suffered a major setback this week in its nearly three-year odyssey to restructure $32 billion of debt when the country's bilateral creditors led by China and France pushed back against bondholders. Plus, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva issued ...

Indian Police Arrest Two Journalists, Detain Dozens of Others With Alleged Ties to China

Indian security forces fanned out across New Delhi early Tuesday morning to conduct coordinated raids of the homes and offices of journalists affiliated with the left-leaning news outlet NewsClick on suspicion they accepted money from pro-Communist Party groups in China. 46 ...

Press Expulsions Leave India and China In the Dark

The last Indian journalist left in China has been expelled. The two powers have been kicking out each other’s reporters on a tit-for-tat basis over the last few years. The sole remaining reporter (working for the Press Trust of India) was told to leave this month, bringing the ...

China, India Feud Intensifies as Both Countries Expel Nearly All Journalists From the Other Country

The Chinese government said it is taking what it described as "appropriate countermeasures" against India for expelling its journalists from the country. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning told reporters on Wednesday it would retaliate against New Delhi for last month's decision ...

Reporting Tips for African Journalists Covering China

Reporting on China is difficult even for the most experienced journalist who's spent years living there and speaks the language. So, it's not surprising that reporters in Africa who've had limited exposure to the country often struggle to cover China-related news. ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

FACT CHECK: No, Kenya’s Lamu and Mombasa Are Not Being Targeted by the Chinese Military

The prominent Kenyan daily The Standard this week published a breathless front-page story claiming that the U.S. government says it is concerned that China wants to leverage the Kenyan ports of Mombasa and Lamu for military use.  The article ...

Emerging Trends and Myths in Africa-China Relations: Live From Johannesburg

China's relationship with Africa is undergoing profound change in the post-pandemic era. Chinese engagement on the continent has fallen precipitously with a massive drop in people-to-people exchanges, development finance lending, and academic engagement.

Kenya Should Look East, Not West, For Development Inspiration Says One of the Country’s Largest Newspapers

The Editorial Board of The East African newspaper, a publication of the Nation Media Group, one of Kenya's largest media companies, published a column on Sunday that will be a disappointment to U.S. and European governments. It blasted Africa's past half-century engagement with the West and said the continent ...

How Effective are China’s Press Junkets for African Journalists? Pretty Effective.

As China opens back up after the pandemic, journalists are again being flown in from across the Global South for junkets - a key form of influence-building for Beijing.  If you wondered whether these tours pay off in soft power, tweets like these from ...

A Discussion With the Journalists Behind the BBC Documentary “Racism For Sale”

The BBC investigative unit Africa Eye turned a powerful spotlight last month on a multi-million dollar business in China that exploits people in developing regions, including young children in Africa, to produce so-called "blessing videos." ...
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