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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 ...

Tunisia Inaugurates Chinese-Built Diplomatic Academy, Boosting Beijing’s ‘Building Diplomacy’

China’s construction of government buildings in Africa isn’t slowing, even as it cuts back on other large-scale infrastructure projects. Tunisia recently became the newest example, with the inauguration of its new Chinese-built Tunisian Diplomatic Academy. The building, built by China Civil Engineering Construction Corp., will ...

China’s New ‘Global Security Initiative’ Promoted in Africa

China is planning a new international security architecture. And while few have any clear idea of what it will entail, it’s already being promoted in Africa.  The “Global Security Initiative” was announced during Xi Jinping’s address to the Boao Forum on ...

Misinformation About South African Teacher’s Mysterious Death in Shanghai and Unsubstantiated Reports About Chinese Missiles in Zimbabwe

Speculation is now swirling on Twitter and other social media platforms about what caused the death of 29-year-old teacher Nomaqocwa Blackie who was found in her Shanghai apartment last Monday. There are a growing number of reports that ...

Language Barriers Make their Expected Appearance in Zim-China Fight

As the battle between Chinese companies and civil society groups in Zimbabwe drags on, spokespeople for the Chinese side are drawing on some evergreen classics of Africa-China discourse: language barriers and unfair press coverage. Speaking at a panel discussion ...

Zimbabwe’s Chinese-Built Parliament Building Completed

Zimbabwe’s new Chinese-built parliament building has been completed and is now awaiting official validation, according to a government spokesperson. Shanghai Construction Group is reportedly adding the final touches to the building’s exterior. The interior fittings have been finished.  Zimbabwe has been ...

Zimbabwe’s Top Leaders Bestow Awards on Chinese Steel and Mining Companies

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa along with VP Constantine Chiwenga and Mining Minister Winston Chitanda awarded three Chinese steel and mining companies with the country's inaugural Mining Excellence Awards last week at a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Harare. ...

Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe Hits Back at Press Criticism of Chinese Firms

The Chinese embassy in Zimbabwe renewed its critique of local and Western media’s ‘slander’ against Chinese companies in the country in a lengthy post published Wednesday on its website. Under the headline "False News and Truth," it listed examples of what it called "irresponsible" reporting ...

Robbers Target Chinese Factory in Zimbabwe

Sixteen armed attackers robbed a Chinese-owned brick factory last week outside of Harare, injuring two employees, one Zimbabwean the other Chinese. No arrests were made as the assailants fled before the police arrived, according to a report on the Zimbabwe Chinese Network WeChat page. ...

Nickel Trading Halted on the London Metals Exchange Following a Chinese Company’s $8 Billion Loss

Authorities at the London Metal Exchange took the unprecedented move to halt trading in nickel on Tuesday after prices for the metal doubled to $100,000 a ton. The sharp upsurge came in response to concerns over supply disruptions in Russia, one of the world's largest ...
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