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Viral Video That Purportedly Shows Wife of China’s Ambassador to Pakistan Beating Maid is Inaccurate

A Twitter video that claims to show the wife of the Chinese ambassador to Pakistan, Nong Rong, violently beating a woman on the streets of Islamabad is likely false, according to fact-checkers who were unable to authenticate the source or the date the video was shot.

Dubious Rumor Spreading On Pakistani Twitter Xi Jinping Will Soon Visit

Unsubstantiated rumors started to spread on Pakistani Twitter over the weekend that Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit the country and, more specifically, inaugurate a new Chinese-built airport in the port city of Gwadar. There's good reason to ...

No, Jackie Chan Didn’t Wear a T-Shirt Promoting Uganda’s First Son to Be “The Next President”

The fact-checking team at Pesa Check debunked a photo that's been circulating on Twitter and Facebook showing Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan purportedly wearing a t-shirt with a photo of the first son of Uganda, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, with the caption "The Next President."

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 throw a verbal punch ...

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 far more active on ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Joint Battlefield Training to Raise Pressure in South China Sea

The U.S. military will reportedly introduce joint combat training with the Philippines in June. Major General Marcus Evans, commander of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, told the Associated Press that the training would increase the Philippine army’s ability to fight in challenging jungle conditions.
The training will run from June 1 to 10. At Manila’s request, the training will be held in Philippine territory for the first time. It will involve about 2,000 people ...

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 ...

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 ...
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