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APSONIC Is Another Chinese Company That You’ve Probably Never Heard but That’s Absolutely Crushing It in Africa

A Chinese maker of motorcycles is quietly cornering the African market. While Apsonic isn’t famous, the Guangzhou company has built up an impressive presence in West Africa, after setting up shop in Togo in 2003. Now its products are buzzing through ...

China’s Ambassador to Mali Gives Public Show of Support As Bamako Faces Growing International Isolation

Ambassador Chen's meeting with Mali's national police chief is particularly notable in light of Bamako's growing isolation in the international community. Mali is currently facing sanctions from the West African regional organization ECOWAS with the support of France, the United States and the European Union.

WEEK IN REVIEW: It’s Now Possible to Transport Cargo From Uganda to Kenya’s Port of Mombasa

The long-held dream of transporting goods between Uganda and the Port of Mombasa became a reality on Monday with the inauguration of a new rail line that connects Kenya's Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) with a newly refurbished meter gauge line in Uganda. This is a pared-down version of the ...

Week in Review: Hostages Rescued in Mali, Rwandan Agribusiness & Nigeria Joins AIIB

Malian security forces on Monday rescued three Chinese nationals kidnapped by unknown assailants after the trio escaped their captors over the weekend. The three construction workers and two colleagues from Mauritania were seized on July 17. While the Mauritanians were freed 10 days later, the Chinese were held ...

Week in Review: Shipping, Share Prices and Strikes

Islamic militants released two Mauritanians kidnapped earlier this month in Mali but there's no word on the three Chinese construction workers who were abducted in the same raid. The militants provided no explanation for Wednesday's release or any other information on the ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Great Changes Unseen in a Century (and Frequently Ignored Now)

Big things are happening in the world, but don’t expect me to tell you what they are. 

Like many South Africans, I’ve been a little distracted these days. The country’s notorious electricity situation has worsened to blackouts three times a day. People like me, whose work depends on internet access, migrate across the city every few hours to cafes and other workplaces that still have power. All the time, Johannesburg ...

Three Chinese Construction Workers Kidnapped in Mali

A trio of Chinese nationals and two Mauritanians were kidnapped at gunpoint from a road construction site in southwestern Mali on Saturday by unknown militants. The assailants destroyed equipment including a crane and dump trucks belonging to Chinese construction firm COVEC, ...

Policy Brief: China Now Among Key Factors Complicating U.S. Foreign Policy in the Sahel

The growing presence of "malign Chinese and Russian activities and influence" is one of three key factors complicating U.S. foreign policy in the Sahel Region of Africa, according to a new policy brief from the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. ...

Q&A: How the Chinese Private Sector Can Help Develop Pharmaceutical Production Capacity in Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp relief  the highly unsustainable fact that African countries together import over 70% of all pharmaceutical and medical products. Yet, 34 out of 55 African countries have some level of pharmaceutical production, with countries offering an array of incentives ...

Background: For More Than a Decade, Africa’s Been the Top Destination for Chinese Foreign Aid

Since 2010, Africa's been the largest recipient of Chinese foreign aid, even as China's ties in Asia have grown to be more geopolitically consequential. However, when reviewing data in the recently-published white paper on Chinese international development, analysts ...

Traditional Chinese Medicine Training in Mali: “A Revolution of Sorts” but Skepticism Remains

In December 2019, when the Tianjin government launched its Luban Workshop in Mali, it stood out from the Luban Workshops (named after Lu Ban, the father of Chinese architecture) in other African countries which offer courses on ultra-modern device manufacturing, high-speed rail technologies and Chinese cuisine ...
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