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Rogue Angolan Police Allegedly Extorted Money From Suspected Chinese Bitcoin Miners

Nearly two dozen Angolan police officers raided a suspected Chinese bitcoin mining operation outside of Luanda on Tuesday, violently forcing their way past security guards to enter the premises. Once inside, the police were confronted by the Chinese factory managers who ...

Sky High Ambitions? Military Aviation and Africa-China Relations

By Lukas Fiala Angolan President João Lourenço’s desire to have China build an air force base in Angola again highlights the issue of military cooperation between Africa and China. What are the drivers of China’s foray into African military aviation?

Tang Xiaoyang on Why the U.S., Not China is to Blame for Africa’s Debt Problems

While many in the West still contend Africa's worsening debt crisis is largely due to excessive Chinese lending, Tsinghua University Professor Tang Xiaoyang argues that accusation just isn't true.  Instead, the well-known China-Africa scholar contends ...

The Sky is the Limit: Aviation and Africa-China Relations

By Lukas Fiala When Angolan President João Lourenço returned from China over the last week, he made a few noteworthy announcements. However, Lourenço’s apparent desire to have China finance an air force base in Angola stood out.

WEEK IN REVIEW: Why Angola is the “Vietnam of Africa”

Angolan President João Lourenço returned from a three-day visit to China loaded with goodies. He secured an upgrade in diplomatic ties, promises of new investment and, most importantly, a major reduction in monthly debt payments. ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Letter From DC: Is Africa Holding Itself Back?

Whoo boy…We picked a doozy of a week to be in town. The overlapping reverberations from leadership fights within the Democratic Party, the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, and the announcement of JD Vance as his vice-presidential candidate are understandably focusing attention inwards.
That said, we’ve had fascinating conversations with very smart folks who focus on Africa, the wider Global South, and China’s role there. One theme ...

Angolan President Returned Home From China With Diplomatic Upgrade, Oil Deals, and Debt Relief Promises

Unlike several African presidents who've recently visited China and left largely empty-handed, Angola's João Lourenço wrapped up a three-day visit with several important tangibles that highlight the southwestern African country's growing importance as a frontline state in the Great Power rivalry between the U.S. and China. ...

China’s Slowing Economy Could be a Catalyst for Change in Africa

Angolan President João Lourenço kicked off a three-day visit to China this week that will take him to Beijing and Shandong Province. The timing of Lourenço's trip comes as the Chinese economy is facing enormous challenges amid a plunge in FDI, ...

African Development Bank Head Calls for End to Resource-Backed Loans

Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank, urged leaders on the continent to end the practice of exchanging raw materials for development, a practice known as resources-for-loans that was pioneered on a truly massive scale by China.

Why Would Angola’s President Want to Go to China’s Shandong Province?

Angolan president João Lourenço will arrive in China on Thursday to begin a three-day state visit, which will include meetings with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and Premier Li Qiang. The Chinese Foreign Ministry, as per usual, did not provide many ...

Two Chinese Factories Closed Down in Angola for Safety Violations and Mistreatment of Workers

Angolan media reported that a Chinese metals processing factory was shuttered for operating without a license and polluting the water. In a separate case, 131 local workers were rescued from a Chinese plastics factory. The metals processing factory was allegedly not ...
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