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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.

New Chinese Ambassadors Arrive in Key Posts Amid Major Personnel Changes

China's ambassador-designate to India, Xu Feihong, arrived in New Delhi to take up his new role that has been vacant for almost a year and a half. Image via the Chinese embassy in New Delhi.
Xu Feihong, the newly-named Chinese envoy to India, arrived in New Delhi on Friday, where he will take up a post that’s been empty for almost a year and a half.  It may ...

Philippines Defense Chief Says Military Must Evolve Fast

Philippine Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro talks during the closing ceremony of US-Philippines Balikatan joint military exercise at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, metro Manila on May 10, 2024. JAM STA ROSA / AFP
The Philippine military must evolve fast because of threats to a “free and open” Asia-Pacific region, Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro said Friday at the end of annual exercises with the United States. Teodoro, ...

China Says Envoy Held Talks on Ukraine War in Middle East

File image of China’s special envoy for Eurasian Affairs Li Hui. June 2, 2023. Jade Gao / AFP)
China’s Eurasia envoy has wrapped up a third round of shuttle diplomacy over the war in Ukraine, Beijing said Friday, as it seeks to position itself as a mediator in the conflict. China, ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida Implicitly Accused Beijing of Setting “Debt Traps

File image of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. Image: Kazuhiro Nogi / AFP
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida took aim at Chinese development financing in developing countries, implicitly accusing Beijing of setting “debt traps.” Kishida made the remarks in Brazil on Saturday during a South American tour ...

Franco-Chinese Joint Statement Reflects Subtle, Yet Important Shifts in Beijing’s Stance on the Israel-Hamas War

Read the full unedited post on Tuvia Gering's X page.
France and China published a joint statement this week on “the situation in the Middle East” that contained a number of important policy shifts in Beijing’s approach to the ongoing war between ...

China Issues Draft Guidelines to Rein in Lithium Battery Industry

A rechargeable Lithium-ion battery for the Volkswagen ID.3 electric car is pictured at the Volkswagen car factory in Zwickau, eastern Germany, on February 25, 2020. RONNY HARTMANN / AFP
China has released draft guidelines aimed at reining in the country’s lithium battery industry, which has been in Western crosshairs over fears subsidized overproduction could flood global markets with cut-price exports. Lithium-ion batteries ...

Chinese Mobile Phone Giant Transsion Delivered Outstanding Financial Results, But Investors Still Ditched the Stock. Why?

Transsion, whose suite of brands includes Tecno, issued a stellar financial report but still got hammered by investors. Joan Cros / NurPhoto / NurPhoto via AFP
Transsion, the world’s fourth largest phone company that dominates the device market across large swathes of the Global South, shed a stunning $2 billion of its market cap in a single day last month after ...

Blame the U.S. for the China-Philippines Standoff in the South China Sea, Says Prominent Chinese Scholar

Jin Canrong is one of China's most prominent international relations scholars and currently the vice dean of the School of International Relations at Renmin University of China.
One of China’s foremost international relations scholars recently articulated what’s now become conventional wisdom in Beijing about the underlying cause of the surging tensions with the Philippines in the South China Sea.

U.S., Philippine Troops Sink China-Made Vessel in War Games

US and Philippine Marines tend to a M198 155mm Howitzer barrel during a live fire exercise against an imaginary "invasion" force as part of the joint US-Philippines annual military Balikatan drills on a strip of sand dunes in Laoag on Luzon island's northwest coast on May 6, 2024. Ted ALJIBE / AFP
U.S. and Philippine forces sank a decommissioned China-made Philippine Navy ship Wednesday during South China Sea war games simulating an attack on an enemy vessel, officials said. The exercises are being held near ...

EU Chief Calls on China to Pressure Iran Over Weapons Sales

Chinese President Xi Jinping, France's President Emmanuel Macron, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen hold a trilateral meeting as part of the Chinese president's two-day state visit, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on May 6, 2024. Gonzalo Fuentes / POOL / AFP
European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen made a direct appeal to visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping to help curb Iranian weapons sales in the Middle East. “We believe that China can ...

The New Navy Base China is Building in Cambodia Looks a Lot Like China’s Older Navy Base in Djibouti

From left, a satellite image shows a naval base in Djibouti with Chinese military presence, and a near-replica pier in Cambodia's Ream Naval Base that China uses. (Courtesy of BlackSky)
Two People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) warships have been docked for the past five months at the new Ream Naval Base that China built in Cambodia. The presence of those two corvettes puts to ...

China Urges Israel to ‘Stop Attacking Rafah’

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lin Jian addressed Israel's bombardment of the Gazan city of Rafah at the regular press briefing in Beijing on May 7, 2024. Image via China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
China on Tuesday urged Israel to “stop attacking Rafah”, after the Israeli army said it took “operational control” of the Palestinian side of the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt. “China… strongly ...

China Commits $49 Million for Burkina Faso’s Donsin Airport Solar Power Plant

The Donsin Airport solar power plant will be equipped with a battery electricity storage system.

The Chinese loan also comes at a time when Burkina Faso is seeking to improve its relations with international partners following the 2022 military coup and the ongoing geopolitics between Russia, the U.S., China and France.

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Zimbabwe Agreement Could Signal China’s Return to African Rail

TransTech, a subsidiary of China Railway Group, reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) that could lead to a recapitalization of the country’s railway network.
Bloomberg reports that the agreement is currently limited to studying the project and producing a feasibility report by the end of June. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said: “It is our expectation that in the upcoming Forum for China and Africa taking place ...

Philippines Won’t Use Water Cannon on Chinese Ships: Marcos

This photo taken on March 5, 2024 shows China Coast Guard vessels deploying water cannons at the Philippine military chartered Unaizah May 4 (R) during its supply mission to Second Thomas Shoal in disputed waters of the South China Sea. JAM STA ROSAAFP
President Ferdinand Marcos said Monday the Philippines would not respond in kind to China’s deployment of water cannon against its vessels, ruling out the use of “offensive” equipment as Manila asserts its sovereignty ...

French Journalist Surprised to Hear Congo President Says He Prefers Dealing With Russia and China Over the West

DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi speaking with journalist Darius Rochebin during an interview on the French news channel LCI. Image via LCI.
French journalist Darius Rochebin seemed genuinely surprised when Democratic Republic of the Congo President Félix Tshisekedi stated in a recent interview that he and other African leaders prefer to work with Russia and ...

Chinese-Run Gold Mines in Niger Ordered Shut After Animals Die

Graphic by China-Global South Project.
Several gold mines in northern Niger managed by a Chinese company were ordered to temporarily close after dozens of animals died from drinking wastewater, local authorities told AFP on Sunday. Herders around the ...

Video of Chinese Man Whipping Two African Young People Goes Viral

Image via @dom_lucre on X.
A horrifying video of a Chinese man brutally whipping two young men appeared online late last week and quickly went viral, racking up more than 30 million views on X and other social media ...

Philippines, U.S. Fire at ‘Invasion’ Force in South China Sea War Games

Soldiers participate in an airfield seizure exercise as part of the US-Philippines Balikatan joint military exercise at San Vicente Airport in Palawan on May 1, 2024. JAM STA ROSA / AFP
By Faith Brown U.S. and Filipino troops fired missiles and artillery at an imaginary “invasion” force during war games on the Philippines’ northern coast Monday, days after their governments objected to China’s “dangerous” ...

EV Automakers Get Reprieve in U.S. Tax Credit Rules

A worker checks the cables on the battery for Ford Motor Co. battery powered F-150 Lightning trucks under production at their Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan on September 20, 2022. JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP
The U.S. government gave automakers a reprieve Friday when finalizing electric vehicle tax credit rules by letting cars that contain Chinese graphite qualify for the consumer credits through 2026. The confirmation came as ...

Blinken Says U.S. Delivering for Pacific Islands Despite China’s Reach

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks to the press at the port of Ashdod in southern Israel on May 1, 2024. Evelyn Hockstein / POOL / AFP
The United States, boosted by allies and the private sector, is delivering for Pacific islands even if Washington alone cannot match China’s growing footprint, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said late Friday. Blinken spoke after ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: China-Friendly Former Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele Elected Prime Minister of Solomon Islands

File image of Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele who is a contender for the prime minister role in the new government. NOEL CELIS / AFP
China-friendly former foreign minister Jeremiah Manele was elected prime minister of the Solomon Islands on Thursday, defeating an opposition leader intent on curbing Beijing’s reach in the Pacific nation. Manele won 31 votes ...

New Zealand Says ‘Seriously Concerned’ by China’s Increased Security Actions in Pacific

New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters said China's increased presence in the South Pacific threatens to destabilize the region. Marty MELVILLE / AFP
New Zealand’s foreign minister on Friday criticized China’s bid for an increased security presence in the Pacific Islands, warning against actions that could “destabilize” or undermine regional security. “China has a long-standing presence in the Pacific, ...

China Isn’t Really Sure What It Wants to Do With the BRICS, Says Top Russian Analyst

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the China-Africa Leaders' Roundtable Dialogue on the last day of the 2023 BRICS Summit in Johannesburg on August 24, 2023. ALET PRETORIUS / POOL / AFP
Yaroslav Lissovolik, a former senior IMF official and ex-chief economist at Deutsche Bank, visited Beijing last month, where he met with senior Chinese corporate, government, and academic leaders to get a pulse on ...

Philippines Summons China Envoy Over Water Cannon Attack

The Philippines said the China Coast Guard fired water cannon Tuesday at two of its vessels, causing damage to one of them, during a patrol near a reef off the Southeast Asian country. Image via the Philippine Coast Guard.
The Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs said Thursday it summoned a senior Chinese embassy official over the “harassment of Philippine vessels” in the South China Sea. “The Philippines protested the harassment, ramming, swarming, ...

Solomon Islands Lawmakers to Elect PM, With Consequences for China

File image of Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele who is a contender for the prime minister role in the new government. NOEL CELIS / AFP
China-friendly former foreign minister Jeremiah Manele was elected prime minister of the Solomon Islands on Thursday, defeating an opposition leader intent on curbing Beijing’s reach in the Pacific nation. Governor-General David Vunagi said ...

China Coast Guard Becoming ‘More Aggressive’: Philippines

Commodore Jay Tarriela, spokesperson of the Philippine Coast Guard on the South China Sea, speaks during a press conference in Manila on May 1, 2024. Ted ALJIBE / AFP
China’s coast guard has become more aggressive towards Philippine vessels in the South China Sea, and its water cannon attacks could threaten the lives of crew, a government spokesman in Manila warned Wednesday. ...

China Confirms Palestinian Talks Happened, But Won’t Share Any Details

Palestinians wave yellow flags of Fatah group as they wait for the release of prisoners in exchange for Israeli hostages held by Hamas, in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on November 27, 2023. John MACDOUGALL / AFP
The Chinese Foreign Ministry confirmed that talks between the two largest Palestinian factions, Fatah that governs the West Bank and Hamas which rules the Gaza Strip, did take place in Beijing last week but ...

South Korea Discussing Participation in AUKUS Tech Pact: Defense Minister

South Korea's National Defence Minister Shin Won-sik speaks during an Australia and South Korea Foreign and Defense Ministers meeting in Melbourne on May 1, 2024. ASANKA BRENDON RATNAYAKE / POOL / AFP
South Korea’s defense minister on Wednesday said his country was actively discussing participation in a landmark defense technology pact between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. “During today’s meeting, we also ...
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