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WEEK IN REVIEW: The Chinese Supermarket Scandal in Nigeria

Nigerian consumer protection authorities shut a Chinese supermarket in the capital, Abuja after a video went viral showing the store refusing entry to local residents. The scandal sparked outrage online and was among the top stories of the week on national ...

African Union Officials Gently Raise the Issue of Chinese Treatment of Local Workers During Human Rights Talks

Diplomats from China and the African Union met this week as part of a regular dialogue focused on human rights. Even though Monday's talks were premised on making "concrete recommendations to pressing human rights concerns in both regions," neither side made ...

The African Union’s Agenda 2063: Positioning China and Other External Partners

China is Africa’s biggest cooperating partner in recent years. The principles underpinning China’s foreign policy on the continent, comprising of equality, respect for sovereignty as well as mutual benefits and co-development, are all reasons for the acceptance and reception of China’s engagements in Africa.

Why the United States Struggles to Compete With China in Building African Infrastructure: Report

When it comes to building infrastructure in Africa, the U.S. dreams of competing with China, but in reality, there is hardly any contest to speak of. This is the main thrust of a new report by the Chinese research body, the Institute for International and Area Studies, ...

Pentagon’s Top General for U.S. Forces in Africa Isn’t as Worried About Chinese Bases and Debt Traps as He Used to Be

The Pentagon's commander for U.S. forces in Africa, Marine Corps General Michael Langley, was once very worried about Chinese "debt traps" in Africa and the prospect that the PLA was looking to build a new base on Africa's Atlantic Coast. But ...

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 ...

African Union Donkey Skin Trade Ban Laudable but Doubt, Pessimism Cloud Implementation

By 2020, the global donkey population stood at 53 million, two-thirds in Africa. Using the estimated human population in Africa, simple math shows that one donkey serves at least 37 people, making it a critical resource for the continent’s economy.

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.

Why the Africa-China Relationship Poses a Climate Challenge to Europe

Thinking about Africa in the context of the climate crisis makes for some cognitive dissonance. On the one hand, the continent’s massive potential for renewable energy, its stocks of critical minerals, and its storehouses of oil, gas, and coal make it a huge “ka-ching” in continental form. ...

China’s Total Global Trade Fell Last Year Except With Africa, Australia

The value of China's total global trade dipped 5% in 2023 compared to the previous years to $5.93 trillion dollars, according to figures released by the General Administration of Customs (GAC). Every January, the GAC releases these preliminary figures that are ...

France’s Trade Minister Dismisses Chinese Competition in Africa

Olivier Becht, France’s Minister of Foreign Trade pushed back against claims that France is being “chased out” of Africa. In an interview with Africa Report conducted late last year, Becht said the presence of French companies is actually increasing in Africa.
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