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Maybe The West’s Pressure on China to Build “High Quality” Infrastructure is Working

A Xinhua headline from Wednesday hints that years of criticism of low-quality Chinese-built infrastructure in developing countries may be having its desired effect. Chinese messaging on these issues used to focus on the speed of delivery or the ...

China’s Top Diplomats for MENA and Sub-Saharan Africa Are Both Touring the Continent

A flurry of high-level Chinese diplomacy is underway in Africa in the run-up to next week's Horn of Africa conference that Beijing is co-hosting with the Ethiopian government. On Sunday, Wang Di, China's top diplomat for the Middle East and North ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Chinese Oil Major Sinopec and Algerian Oil Giant Sonatrach Signed a $500 Million deal to Drill for Oil and Gas

Chinese oil major Sinopec and Algerian oil giant Sonatrach signed a half-a-billion dollar deal to drill for oil and gas in the Zaarzaitine field, 1500km from Algiers. Under the new agreement, the two sides will produce 95 million barrels. The timing of the deal is notable given ...

Chinese, Algerian Legislative Leaders Meet

The head of Algeria's National Assembly, Salih Gojil, met on Tuesday with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yang, chairman of China's rubber-stamp legislature known by its acronym CPPCC. Based on the read-out from the official Algerian Presse Service, it appears that the meeting was more about relationship building ...

Huawei in North Africa: Lots of Good PR, Not a Lot of Tech Transfer

Huawei's success in Africa is undeniable. It's built large swathes of the continent's telecom network and is an indispensable player at almost every layer of the African technology stack. But when it comes to transferring skills and technology, the company's record ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Great Changes Unseen in a Century (and Frequently Ignored Now)

Big things are happening in the world, but don’t expect me to tell you what they are. 

Like many South Africans, I’ve been a little distracted these days. The country’s notorious electricity situation has worsened to blackouts three times a day. People like me, whose work depends on internet access, migrate across the city every few hours to cafes and other workplaces that still have power. All the time, Johannesburg ...

China and 22 Francophone African Countries Talk Democracy

China recently convened an online seminar 22 French-speaking African countries to discuss democracy. The online meeting, on “The Exploration and Practice of Democracy in Chinese and African Legislative Bodies” drew in members of China’s National People’s Assembly, and about 90 African representatives. 

Blinken’s Visit to Algeria Highlights North Africa’s Heightened Geopolitical Importance

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (photo) will cross the border from Morocco to Algeria on Wednesday where he's to meet with President Abdelmadjid Tebboune. And the fact that this is the first visit by a U.S. Secretary of State ...

A Sixth Chinese Ambassador in Africa Says Farewell

Li Lianhe, China's ambassador to Algeria, is the sixth Chinese ambassador wrapping up his tour of duty to Africa. He joins his colleagues in Burkina Faso, Rwanda, Namibia, and Gabon who have finished their tours.

China’s Emerging Ukraine Posture Taps into Western Challenges in the Global South

This weekend, Chinese leaders embarked on a diplomatic blitz. President Xi Jinping had a call with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday, and during the weekend, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi also met with counterparts from Zambia, Algeria, and Tanzania. It’s ...

China Went on a Three Day African Diplomatic Blitz to Rally Support For Its Stance on Ukraine

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Foreign Minister Wang Yi wrapped up a three-day flurry of meetings on Sunday with counterparts from four African countries. Although each of the meetings, according to readouts, addressed a wide range of topics, China's controversial stance on the war in Ukraine emerged ...
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