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China’s Building Diplomacy in Africa Shows No Signs of Slowing in 2023

Add Gabon's Senate, known as Omar Bongo Ondimba Palace, to the long and growing list of African government buildings that will either be renovated or newly built using Chinese money and contractors. Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang ...

Q&A: What Should Qin Gang Know About Africa and What Africans Should Know About China’s New Foreign Minister?

Qin Gang did not have a lot of time to prepare for his current tour of Africa, his first as foreign minister. The five-nation, week-long trip comes less than two weeks after he started his new job, so he's no doubt getting up to speed as are ...

Exposed: The Asian Companies Ruining West Africa’s Forests

West and Central Africa house some of the world’s last remaining old-growth rainforests. Asian timber companies are now driving widespread irresponsible logging, leaving ruined ecosystems in their wake.  However, simply blaming ‘China’ for this destruction is unrealistic. The environmental ...

China’s Newest Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Makes Her Debut

China's Foreign Ministry's spokespeople have the tricky job of being the human faces of a frequently opaque system. So China nerds were a-Twitter this week following the debut of Mao Ning, the Ministry's newest representative.  

Did Vaccine Diplomacy Sway Africa’s Ukraine Vote?

Amid the global discussion about why 35 Global South countries avoided censuring Russia’s invasion of Ukraine at the United Nations, Michael Bociurkiw, a senior non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council, felt the need to tweet. He pointed out that some of the ...

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Top State Department Official Says China’s Debt Relief Offer to Sri Lanka is “Not Enough”

Another senior U.S. diplomat has accused China of not doing enough to resolve Sri Lanka’s debt renegotiation, a sign that the island’s financial crisis is increasingly being framed geopolitically.
U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland said: “What China has offered so far is not enough. We need to see credible and specific assurances that they will meet the IMF standard of debt relief.”

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Meet Zhou Aile, An Aspiring Chinese Social Media Star From Gabon

Zhou Aile, or Paula as she's known back home in Gabon, first moved to China 13 years ago to study Mandarin. Since then, Zhou, like other ambitious young African expats, has been working hard to make a name for herself as a media personality, especially online where ...

Hunan Provincial Authorities Provide Film & Media Training to 65 Journalists From Across Francophone Africa

Media companies and government officials from China's central Hunan province are in the midst of a two-week training program for French-speaking journalists from across Africa, including 20 from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and others from Senegal, Cameroon, and Gabon among other countries. ...

The Week in Review: Kidnapping in Nigeria, Crime in Kenya and Construction in the Congo

A Swedish pension fund with almost $90 billion under management divested its shares in the Chinese state-owned Power Construction Corporation due to "violations of environmental norms" in Tanzania's Selous Game Reserve. The firm, A7, also dropped Huaneng Power International for expanding its coal power operations. The company ...

Egypt is All-In on Chinese Vaccines With 20 Million New Jabs on the Way And a New Production Deal Set to Start

The Egyptian government is placing a massive bet that Chinese vaccines will open a path out of the pandemic. The Health Ministry on Tuesday announced a deal to purchase an additional 20 million doses from Sinopharm with the first shipments expected to arrive later this ...

Although Quantities Remain Low, the Pace of Chinese Vaccine Deliveries in Africa Accelerates

The confirmation from the Bridge tracking report that the overall quantity of Chinese vaccine deliveries to Africa is comparatively low provides a new perspective on the constant vaccine-related propaganda news coverage produced by China's state-owned media outlets and its official diplomatic Twitter channels across the ...
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