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Rail-Sea Lines Boost China-Africa Trade

Multimodal rail-sea lines are increasingly transforming China’s trade with Europe and Africa. This week a train laden with Chinese products departed Chengdu in China’s Sichuan province, bound for Casablanca in Morocco. A second hybrid line is taking Chinese apple juice concentrate from Gansu province to ...

Morocco Buys Chinese Drones

Morocco bought an unspecified number of Chinese-made Wing Loong II drones. The remote-controlled planes have both reconnaissance and strike capability and are an upgrade of the earlier Wing Loong drone. Morocco already owns four of these older models and similar tech from Israel and Turkey. 

China More Popular than the United States Across MENA: Poll

The United States is markedly less popular than China in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), according to a new poll by Arab Barometer. The Princeton University-based public opinion tracker found that perceptions of China ...

Global South Media Reactions to Nancy Pelosi’s Visit to Taiwan

Congo: On August 2, Jean-Claude Gakosso, the foreign minister of the Republic of Congo, said that adhering to the one China principle is the consistent policy of the Democratic People's Republic of Congo, the general consensus of the Congolese government and all Congolese people, and there is ...

Algeria to Purchase Chinese Armed Drones

The Algerian military is reportedly in talks with China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) to purchase four of the company's WJ-700 Falcon armed reconnaissance drones, according to Algerian press reports. Algiers hopes the drones will help improve ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Jiang Zemin Created the Africa-China Relationship As We Know It Today

Reflections on the legacy of Jiang Zemin, China’s president from 1993 to 2003, who passed away on Wednesday, emphasized how he presided over a decade of explosive economic growth. Fewer have pointed out that he was also a key architect of China’s current relationship with Africa. 
After the Mao era, emblematized by Chinese involvement in African anti-colonial struggles, the relationship went dormant as China focused on building economic ties ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Zimbabwean Government Accuses the U.S. of Paying Local Journalists to Write Negative Stories About China

The Zimbabwean government is once again accusing the U.S. of paying local journalists to write negative stories about Chinese investment in the country. The state-run Herald newspaper reported on Tuesday that the U.S. embassy in Harare is working with the opposition MDC party to foment opposition to Chinese ...

Blinken’s Visit to Algeria Highlights North Africa’s Heightened Geopolitical Importance

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (photo) will cross the border from Morocco to Algeria on Wednesday where he's to meet with President Abdelmadjid Tebboune. And the fact that this is the first visit by a U.S. Secretary of State ...

China’s Mideast Special Envoy Visits Morocco in the Latest Stop of His Low-Key Regional Tour

China's Special Envoy to the Middle East, Zhai Jun (left), traveled from Khartoum to Rabat late last week where he held talks with Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourtia (right) in what appears to be a low-key meet 'n greet regional tour.

Morocco Students Plead to Go Back to School… in China

Around a thousand Moroccan university students who started their studies in China but haven't been able to return since the beginning of the pandemic are pleading with the Chinese government to let them back into the country. China's borders have been ...

Chinese Corporate Communications in Africa

Over the years, Chinese companies in Africa have earned a reputation for not very being good in how they communicate with local stakeholders, particularly with local media and civil society groups. While that remains true for the large state-owned construction and ...
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