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New Documentary Humanizes the China-Africa Relationship

Eat Bitter is a new documentary making the rounds of the international film festival circuit that tells the story of two men, one from China and the other from the Central African Republic (CAR), who work on opposite ends of the ...

Wagner Mercenaries Bail Out Chinese Miners Amid Uncertainty Over the Group’s Future in the Central African Republic

A group of Russian mercenary soldiers part of the controversial Wagner Group reportedly came to the rescue last week of Chinese miners in the Central African Republic (CAR) who had come under attack by local militias. Specific details of what happened ...

The Growing Influence of Chinese Policing in Africa

While joint military exercises between China and countries like South Africa draw controversy, much less attention is being paid to the role of policing in Africa-China relations. A fascinating new paper by the Africa-China security expert Paul Nantuyla maps the growing ...

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 ...

Groundbreaking for Confucius Institute in Central African Republic Just Weeks After Massacre of Chinese Miners

An inauguration ceremony for a new Confucius Institute was held at Bangui University in the Central African Republic last week. It comes only a few weeks after nine Chinese mining personnel were killed and two injured in a gun attack in the city. There is still no ...

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 ...

Embassy Briefs Chinese Business Community in DR Congo on Worsening Security Conditions

China's ambassador to the DR Congo, Zhu Jing, hosted a briefing at the embassy for Chinese companies operating in the country about the deteriorating security conditions. Representatives from at least 50 Chinese companies attended the session last week that also included ...

CAR Attack Sparks New Concerns About Safety of Chinese People in Africa

One week after a brutal attack on a Chinese mining site in the Central African Republic (CAR) that killed nine people and injured two others, it's still not clear who is responsible and why they did it. All Chinese personnel in ...

Xi Demands “Severe Punishment” for Assailants Who Killed 9 Chinese Miners in Central African Republic

Chinese President Xi Jinping called on the Central African Republic (CAR) to find the attackers who raided a mining company early Sunday morning and killed 9 Chinese nationals. The President called for the perpetrators to receive "severe punishment." It's extremely rare, if not ...

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 ...