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China to Host Egypt’s Sisi, Arab Leaders This Week

China will host Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as well as a number of other Arab leaders in Beijing this week, its foreign ministry said Monday. The leaders will, from Tuesday to Saturday, "pay state visits to China and attend the ...

TikTok’s Growing Popularity in Africa

Africa has the youngest population in the world, and they are rapidly warming to TikTok, the social media platform developed by the Chinese tech giant ByteDance.  With its popular short videos and music with various features, TikTok is taking off in ...

The Number of Chinese Workers in Africa is Now Less Than Half What it Was a Decade Ago

The population of Chinese workers in Africa now stands at 88,371, the lowest point since 2009 and less than half the amount of the peak in 2015, according to new data from the China-Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at Johns Hopkins University. ...

China Launches Egypt’s Newest Satellite Into Orbit

Egypt's NextSat-1 satellite blasted into space from a seaborne launch pad off the coast of Yangjiang in China's southern Guangdong province on Saturday. The small, microsatellite weighs only 67kgs and was shot into orbit on the back of a Jielong-3 (Smart Dragon-3) ...

ChinaMed Observer: Wang Yi’s First Trip of 2024 According to the Egyptian and Tunisian Press

By Mariateresa Natuzzi In this issue of the ChinaMed Observer, we take stock of Tunisian and Egyptian press coverage of Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi’s recent trip to Cairo and Tunis. These visits were the inaugural stops of the ...

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 ...

Wang Yi Focuses On Middle East During North African Stops

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi touched down in Tunisia, the second stop on his annual African tour. Tensions in the Middle East dominated the first part of the trip, with Wang calling for a peace conference to deal with the Israel crisis. ...

On Tour in Africa and Latin America-Caribbean: Analyzing Wang Yi’s First Foreign Visits of 2024

By Oyintarelado Moses Every year, the Chinese foreign minister launches China’s first foreign policy visit with a trip to Africa, but this year, the tour is slightly different. From January 13-22, Chinese foreign minister Wang ...

Unpacking Wang Yi’s Africa Tour

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi is in Africa this week. It has become a Chinese tradition that FMs make their first overseas trip to Africa. It triggers a second (less red-carpeted) tradition: people like me puzzling over why certain countries were chosen over others. ...

Wang Yi Kicks Off Africa Tour in Egypt, Red Sea Security Tops Agenda

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Cairo, the first stop in a week-long, four-nation Africa tour. Wang held separate talks with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi along with his counterpart Sameh Shoukry where the war in Gaza and the escalating tensions in ...

China Welcomes Arab and Muslim Foreign Ministers for Talks on Ending the War in Gaza

China’s top diplomat met with foreign ministers from Arab and Muslim-majority nations on Monday, saying Beijing would work with “our brothers and sisters” in the Arab and Islamic world to try to end the war in Gaza as soon as possible. The ...
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