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The News Feed is a curated selection of the most important China-Africa news edited by CAP’s editors in Asia and Africa.

The UN Economic Commission for Africa Makes Rare Public Appeal to China on Debt Relief

High-level representatives from the African Union (AU) Commission, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) as well as officials from China and various ...

The Complicated Geopolitics Behind the G20’s Debt Suspension Program

Africa economist Mark Bohlund made an interesting observation yesterday following the news that both Djibouti and Zambia had been approved by the G20 to take part in the Debt Service Suspension ...

Nigeria’s Debt Management Office Tries (Again) to Set the Record Straight About Chinese Loans

For a second time, the Nigerian Debt Management Office (DMO) published easy to understand infographics that attempt to dispel the downright inaccurate information circulating in the press and on social media ...

W. Gyude Moore: China or the West? Who Should be Africa’s “Partner of Choice?”

Over the past couple of weeks, W. Gyude Moore, a senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C., has been writing thoughtful essays on Twitter where ...

Kenya’s Health Cabinet Secretary: “Chinese PPEs… They Failed the Test.”

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe confirmed on Sunday that Kenya stopped importing PPE from China since they failed to pass the Kenya Bureau of Standards quality tests. “Regarding the issue of ...

Chinese Embassy to Nigeria: Don’t Worry, We’re Not Going to Seize Your Assets

The Chinese embassy in Abuja, Nigeria.
A spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Abuja tried to reassure increasingly anxious Nigerians that Beijing has no plans to use loans as a way to seize strategic assets. Press ...

Chinese Construction Companies Aren’t Making as Much Money in Africa as They Once Did

A new chart from China’s National Bureau of Statistics indicates that Chinese construction companies are not earning as much from their African divisions as they did at the height of China-Africa ...

Three New Chinese Trawlers Are on Their Way to Africa as Part of a Global Expansion of China’s Distant Fishing Fleet

CELLOU BINANI/AFP
China’s notorious distant fishing fleet appears to be undertaking a major global expansion, particularly into Africa’s already over-fished waters. The issue is sparking disputes between China and countries in Asia, Africa, and the ...

Fishing Emerges as the Newest Flashpoint in the U.S.-China Standoff

The presence of China’s distant water fishing (DWF) fleet in so many areas around the world made it almost inevitable that this too would become a point of contention in the increasingly acrimonious ...

New Extra Large Ports and Cargo Ships Put Guinea Squarely in the Middle of the China-Australia Political Dispute

Image via China Daily.
Ports in China’s Shandong and Fujian provinces will soon open four new berths that will be able to accommodate the super-large bulk vessels known as “Chinamax.” This new port capability combined with these ...

There’s an Emerging Consensus That the G20’s Debt Relief Efforts Are Going Nowhere

FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP
As leaders in Africa no doubt watch with some measure of disbelief how their wealthier peers in China, Europe, and the United States marshall trillion-dollar relief packages to fight the COVID-19 induced economic ...

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 ...

Interested in Taking a Graduate-level Class in China-Africa Relations Taught by One of the Leading Scholars in the Field? Here’s What the Course Would Look Like.

Image via The George Washington University.
David Shinn, a former U.S. ambassador and current adjunct professor at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. published the syllabus for his fall semester graduate-level course on China-Africa ...

Kenya Says Companies, Not the Government Decides Whether to Use Huawei 5G Tech

Kenyan ICT Minister Joe Mucheru said it’s up to telecom operator Safaricom, not the government, to decide whether or not to use Huawei equipment. Mucheru once again asserted his country’s sovereignty in the decision ...

Kenya’s Dependence on China Brings Good News and Bad News for the Economy

Mark RALSTON / AFP
The Kenyan government released a pair of statistics yesterday that highlights the country’s close interdependence with China and, for better and for worse, how that impacts the economy.  China Simultaneously Helps and ...

The Near Collapse of China Trade Pushes Kenyan Small Businesses to Look Elsewhere For New Suppliers

Kenya’s small-to-medium-sized enterprises are calling on the Chinese embassy in Nairobi for assistance to help resume cargo flights between the two countries in order to revitalize the supply chains on which they depend. ...

Nigeria’s Transport Minister Says What Others Won’t: Who Else is Going to Lend Us Money for Infrastructure?

Nigeria’s embattled Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi appeared on national TV again on Tuesday to try and clear up the rumors and misinformation surrounding a $500 million Chinese loan, which includes a “

The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Tepid Response to the Escalating Loan Controversy in Nigeria

File photo of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Beijing.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Monday issued a statement in response to the escalating “sovereign immunity controversy” in Nigeria. The ministry did not specifically address “clause 8(1)” which stipulates ...

Hunting for Illegal Chinese Miners With Nigeria’s Amotekun Patrols

A Chinese national suspected of engaging in illegal mining in southwestern Nigeria who was detained by the Amotekun joint task force. Photo via Premium Times.
Operation Amotekun (Leopard) is a pioneering new joint task force that launched in January and now operates throughout six southwestern Nigerian states. These well-equipped forces are intended to support to local ...

China Shakes Up the Leadership of Its Sub-Saharan African Diplomacy

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made leadership changes in its African policy team. Dai Bing, who was the Director-General of the African Affairs Department (a role comparable to that of the ...

Africa’s Endangered Rhinos Are Getting a Reprieve Thanks to COVID-19. It May Not Last Much Longer Though.

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South Africa’s endangered rhinos are among the world’s only beneficiaries of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Poaching rates have plunged by 53% so far this year, according to new data from Barbara ...

Transport Minister Pushes Back Against Accusations that Chinese Loans Compromise Nigeria’s Sovereignty

Nigeria’s Transportation Minister Chibuike Amaechi went on national television in an effort to tamp down the controversy erupting over whether Chinese loans will compromise the country’s sovereignty. The issue surfaced last week when ...

Sovereign Immunity Controversy in Nigeria Sparks Media Panic About Chinese “Debt Traps”

For much of the past week, Nigerian news outlets across the spectrum have published a series of alarming stories claiming that the country’s sovereignty is now jeopardized by its various infrastructure loans, specifically ...

Top U.S. Diplomat for Africa: “China Gets the Chutzpah of the Year Award For Their Pretend Response on COVID”

Two top U.S. officials responsible for Africa policy testified last week before a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa regarding the worsening COVID-19 pandemic on the continent and how the outbreak will impact ...

A Congressman’s Seething Resentment of the Chinese and Their Presence in Africa

As he left the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing last Thursday, Tennessee Republican Representative Tim Burchett recorded a short two-minute video on Twitter to reflect on the session and to express ...

African Countries Want to Keep Their Options Open Regarding Huawei, Maintaining a Position of “Deliberate Ambiguity”

A new map of the world produced by one of Washington’s leading China analysts, Scott Kennedy from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, breaks down the world according to ...

The Global Ratings Agency Fitch Issued a New Note on Private Sector Debt and It’s Not Good News for Poor Countries

Poor countries, including many in Africa, are increasingly in a debt trap… not to the Chinese but private creditors. One of the world’s big three credit ratings agencies, Fitch Ratings, issued a new ...
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