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China’s Ambassador to Somalia Takes On All-Comers In Rare Twitter Brawl

China's ambassadors in Africa are normally very reclusive, especially on English-language social media platforms like Twitter. So, it was a bit surprising to see Fei Shangchao, China's envoy to Somalia, get into an all-out Twitter feud on Tuesday with anyone and everyone willing to ...

Hello World! China’s AU Mission is Now on Twitter

China's mission to the African Union opened a Twitter account on Monday, becoming the 53rd Chinese diplomatic entity in Africa that's now active on the microblogging platform.  For some unknown reason, Chinese diplomats and missions in Africa are ...

China’s Ambassador to Somalia Makes Clear That When It Comes to Taiwan, There’s No Room For Compromise

Occasionally, China's famously media-shy ambassadors in Africa come out of their shells and engage in surprisingly frank discussions on social media. Admittedly, it doesn't happen very often but it did on Monday over on Fei Shengchao's Twitter page when the Chinese envoy to Somalia responded to critical ...

Museveni’s “OK Boomer” View of World Politics

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni's office published a quote from the septuagenarian leader that revealed an outdated view of world affairs where major global powers have what he terms "centers of gravity." While it's not entirely clear what he meant by "USA for ...

China’s New Ambassador to Tanzania Signs on to Twitter

China's new ambassador to Tanzania, Cheng Mingjian, is the latest Chinese envoy to open a Twitter account. There are now 51 Chinese diplomats in Africa that use the platform. Click here for a complete list ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Climate Sweet, Climate Bitter

Last week it was Pakistan, this week South Florida. The climate collapse is like a monstrous four-dimensional version of whack-a-mole. You never know where – or how – it will hit. But the hits keep coming.

With the damaged Nord Stream pipeline (and the Global North’s unmitigated hydrocarbon dependence it represents) bubbling away in the Baltic Sea, U.S. climate czar John Kerry’s high-handed comments to the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment earlier this month ...

China’s Critics Are Piling On Over the Entebbe Airport Story, Even the Originator of the “China Debt Trap” Meme

The online flurry over the Entebbe Airport story is drawing out commentators and critics from all sides of the debate, including the New Delhi-based author and analyst Brahma Chellaney, the man who first coined the phrase "debt-trap diplomacy."  ...

Former U.S. Diplomat Peter Pham Draws China’s Ambassador to the DRC Into a Twitter Feud

Long time Twitter rivals J. Peter Pham, a U.S. diplomat during the Trump administration and a vocal critic of China in Africa, and China's ambassador to the DR Congo, Zhu Jing, squabbled again over the weekend after Pham tagged the ambassador personally in a critical post related ...

China Signals Its Approval of Ethiopian Debt Restructuring Talks

Beijing gave its blessing on Wednesday to the new creditors committee that China's co-chairing with France to overhaul Ethiopia's $30 billion debt. The committee, operating under the auspices of the G20, met for the first time on September 16th and plans ...

The Number of Chinese Diplomatic Missions in Africa That Are on Twitter is Growing

The Chinese embassy in Rwanda is the latest Chinese diplomatic mission in Africa to open a new Twitter account. The Kigali embassy is now the 50th official Twitter account on the continent.  Click here ...

Message Point: The “Infrastructure-for-Minerals” Package Cooperation Between China and the DRC”

When China faces intense public pressure, as was the case last year following the Guangzhou discrimination crisis and now in the DRC over mining contracts, Chinese representatives often take much longer to respond than other governments do under similar circumstances. 
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