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Chinese-funded, Constructed Sakaï Solar Plant Powers up Central Africa Republic

The Central African Republic (CAR)’s first photovoltaic power plant is now operational following the successful launch of operation of the Sakaï Solar Power Plant last week. In the CAR, power cuts sometimes last 16 hours a day, badly hitting the ...

How Chinese Demand for African Pangolins Worsens Security in Cameroon

The African pangolin is a small mammal covered in hard scales. These scales are used in Chinese traditional medicine, fueling an illegal global trade that is driving these shy animals to extinction. Pangolins are now the most poached animal on earth, with one being killed every three ...

Awards for Online Influencers From Global South Countries Who “Tell Good China Stories”

Chinese propaganda authorities recognized seven online content influencers from various countries around the world, including Cameroon and Iran for their contributions to "presenting a true, panoramic view of China." The awards were given on Friday at the inaugural China Storyteller ...

Backgrounder: China-Australia Iron Ore Fight

The Australian-based company Sundance Resources is suing the China-linked Australia-based AustSino for malpractice and corruption over the Mbalam-Nabeba iron project on the border of Cameroon and the Republic of Congo. The court case has led to eye-popping allegations, including that the dispute ...

China Urges All of Its People in Central African Republic to Remain in Place Following Attack That Killed 9

Unknown gunmen launched a pre-dawn raid early Sunday morning on a newly-opened Chinese-operated mine near the Central African Republic (CAR) capital of Bangui, killing 9 Chinese nationals and injuring two others. It's not clear at this time who is responsible and ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Zimbabwe Agreement Could Signal China’s Return to African Rail

TransTech, a subsidiary of China Railway Group, reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) that could lead to a recapitalization of the country’s railway network.
Bloomberg reports that the agreement is currently limited to studying the project and producing a feasibility report by the end of June. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said: “It is our expectation that in the upcoming Forum for China and Africa taking place ...

China’s Special Rep For Africa Wraps Up Visit to Cameroon

One of China's top diplomats for Africa, Liu Yuxi, concluded a three-day visit to Cameroon on Tuesday following talks with Chinmoun Oumaru, the Secretary General of the Ministry of External Relations. Liu, the Foreign Ministry's Special Representative for African Affairs, is currently touring the continent. Earlier, he ...

Wang Touts China’s Human Rights Record to Visiting Asian, African Diplomats on Their Way To Visit Xinjiang

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke glowingly of Beijing's human rights record with indirect references to the situation in Xinjiang when he met on Tuesday with a delegation of visiting UN diplomats from Asian and African countries. The group ...

Split Views in Africa Over China’s Push to Build Parliaments and Other Government Buildings Across the Continent

The imminent handover of the newly-built Zimbabwe parliament building that was almost entirely paid for by the Chinese government has prompted a lively debate online about China's so-called "Palace Diplomacy" in Africa. Opinions about the new hall in Harare ...

Sinosteel Signs Iron Ore Deal with Cameroon

The Chinese state-owned steelmaker Sinosteel signed a $690 million deal to mine iron ore at southern Cameroon’s Lobe Mine. The deal is part of China’s ongoing attempts to lessen its dependence on Australian iron ore, as it also diversifies its sourcing away from other major suppliers, like Brazil.  ...

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. 
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