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Chinese Weapons Are Becoming Increasingly Popular in Africa

Militaries across Africa are increasingly turning to China to source advanced weapons systems that were long unavailable from Western suppliers. Sophisticated Chinese-made drones, missile systems, and cyber-warfare technologies, among others, are now commonplace on African battlefields.

Chinese Foreign Minister in Togo and Côte d’Ivoire

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi concluded his African tour in Togo and Côte d’Ivoire this week after touching down in Egypt and Tunisia during the trip’s first phase. The official press coverage revealed few specifics about his talks with Togolese and Ivorian leaders. ...

Questions About China’s Debt Writeoff

While the Chinese government hasn't yet released a full list of the zero-interest loans to poor countries, it will write off, that hasn't stopped some African governments from celebrating.  Togo signaled cautious optimism, saying that the write-off will ...

How a Chinese Vlogger is Challenging Stereotypes About Africa One Video at a Time

The classic stereotypes about Africa are widespread in China where, like elsewhere, many peoples' perceptions about Africa mirrors the outdated, offensive caricatures that are commonplace in mainstream media. Just as in the West, Africa for many, if not most people, is a place of war, despair, disease, ...

Jack Ma 2.0 Officially Launched This Weekend in Ghana

Jack Ma capped a week-long tour in Africa with the awarding of the inaugural African Netpreneur Prize at a Shark Tank-like competition in Accra.  Nigerian Temie Giwa-Tubosun won the top prize and $250,000 but there's no doubt that the big winner from all this was Jack Ma ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...