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China Uses a Mix of Old and New Public Diplomacy Techniques to Try and Sway Opinion in Africa on Guangzhou Crisis

Prior to the recent crisis in Guangzhou, China's public diplomacy momentum in Africa looked unstoppable. Dramatic images of planes filled with donations from Alibaba founder Jack Ma were everywhere on state-run media channels, local news outlets, and diplomatic Twitter accounts, and receiving enthusiastic responses from African leaders. ...

Q&A: Chinese Public Diplomacy Efforts in Africa About Guangzhou Aren’t Working. Here’s Why.

For the most part, the Chinese government has been very effective in persuading African political leaders about its version of what happened recently in Guangzhou. Contrary to widely held public perceptions in Africa, fueled in part by provocative videos that purportedly show Chinese mistreatment and abuse of ...

Tweet of the Day: According to China It’s Not OK to say “Chinese Virus” or “Wuhan Virus” but “African Horse Sickness” and “African Swine Fever” is Perfectly Fine

Few issues are more sensitive in China today than referring to COVID-19 as the "Wuhan Virus" or "Chinese Virus" as some U.S. politicians and right-wing journalists choose to do. It miffs the Chinese to no end. If you want to get an immediate shout-down on social media ...

There’s Growing Concern in the U.S. That Debt Relief for Africa and Other Developing Regions Would Just Help China

There is mounting concern in the United States that calls for debt relief from Africa and other developing regions that have been hit hard by COVID-19 and the subsequent economic crisis will only help those countries to pay back loans to China.

Did Tanzania’s President Really Cancel the Bagamoyo Port Deal with China? Probably Not.

There's widespread speculation circulating that Tanzanian President John Magufuli canceled the controversial $10 billion Bagamoyo port deal with China Merchants Holding International (CMHI). The story surfaced last week after the little-known website "Nairobi Mini Bloggers" website published a post ...

What Does China Need to Do to Improve its Agriculture Assistance Programs in Africa?

China has provided agricultural assistance to Africa for decades. Yet questions are frequently raised as to how its aid in Africa resembles those run by other development actors in terms of project assessment, management, monitoring, and evaluation. Recent developments, such as the establishment of the China International ...

Tweet of the Day: Chinese Diplomats Do Their Best to Challenge the “Negative Narrative”

China's diplomatic Twitter accounts in Africa are pushing back against the surge of negative news that has emerged both on social and traditional media over the past several weeks. In this particular instance, the Chinese embassy in Kampala challenged a widely circulated interview with ...

In the Aftermath of Guangzhou, Perceptions of China Sour Among African Civil Society

Chinese efforts to contain the fallout from the recent crisis in Guangzhou appear increasingly ineffectual among a large, and growing, swathe of Africans. Beijing has mounted a robust diplomatic and media campaign to persuade the continent's governing ...

Ma Tianjie: After Guangzhou, 3 Things Will Shape China-Africa “Brotherhood”

Ma Tianjie is one of China's most well-known environmental journalists and the creator of the popular "Chublic Opinion" blog that tracks Chinese public opinion on current events. In his latest column on the always-interesting Panda Paw Dragon Claw blog, Ma ...

Amid Political Turmoil in Nigeria, Speaker of the House Femi Gbajabiamila Emerges as a Key Player in Managing the Crisis With China

Femi Gbajabiamila has emerged as a central player in managing his country's various recent crises with China, including the uproar over the arrival of a 15-member Chinese medical team, and the ongoing disputes over reports of discrimination and maltreatment of Nigerians in the southern Chinese city of ...
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