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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.

China Finally Commits To “Equal Treatment” for All Zambian Creditors. But Why Did It Take Them So Long to Say So?

China’s top diplomat for sub-Saharan Africa, Wu Peng, took to his new Twitter account at 8pm local time yesterday in Beijing, to reassure investors and other Zambian stakeholders that the Chinese government ...

South Africa’s Largest Mobile Telcos Brush Aside U.S. Concerns About Huawei 5G Equipment

NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP
Three of South Africa’s largest mobile operators do not seem that concerned by U.S. efforts to discourage companies and countries around the world from using equipment made by the Chinese telecom giant ...

A Rare China-Africa News Interview on Mainstream U.S. Media

Grant Harris, the CEO of Connect Frontier, appeared on CBS's online news channel to discuss China-Africa relations.
It’s downright rare that a mainstream U.S. media outlet like CBS covers China-Africa related issues, especially in the run-up to a presidential election. Yesterday, though, the network ran an interview with Grant Harris, CEO of ...

Zambian Bondholders Expected to Reject Government’s Request for Repayment Delay

A group of Zambian bondholders is scheduled to meet on Tuesday and is widely expected to vote against the government’s request for a six-month repayment holiday on $3 billion of Eurobonds. If that is in ...

China’s “Cobalt Empire”

China’s steadily deteriorating relations with the United States and European Union countries are prompting renewed attention on who controls the supply chains for the strategic minerals, elements, and metals that are essential ingredients in electronics ...

China’s Rebuilding of TV Stations in Africa is a Great Way of Ensuring Long-term Positive Media Coverage

Chinese ambassador to Liberia, Ren Yisheng, doing a site inspection of the Liberia Broadcast System in Monrovia. Image via Chinese embassy in Liberia.
China’s ambassador to Liberia, Ren Yisheng, toured the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) facility in Monrovia last week to inspect a $52 million upgrade to the channel that Beijing is funding. Part of the ...

Report: Number of Chinese Workers in Africa Has Steadily Fallen Since 2015

Reduced Chinese lending activity in Africa has prompted a steady exodus of Chinese laborers from the continent over the past five years, according to a new report published by the Beijing-based consultancy ...

Chinese Workers May be Leaving Africa, But They’re Not Necessarily Returning Home Says Researcher

Zambian President Edgar Lungu (L) meets and greets Chinese workers from Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC Intl) during a walk on September 15, 2018 on a major road in Lusaka, Zambia. DAWOOD SALIM / AFP
The two figures show the number of Chinese workers in the world and in Africa:

Infographic Highlights How Nigeria Doesn’t Actually Owe China That Much Money

A new infographic circulating online showcases data from Nigeria’s Debt Management Office and clearly shows the relatively small amount of debt owed to China compared to that of private creditors and multilateral lenders (as ...

It’s Make or Break Time in Zambia as the Government, Bondholders, and China All Face-Off

File photo of Zambia President Edgar Lungu. SALIM DAWOOD / AFP
A dramatic showdown is taking place in Zambia. Bondholders, Chinese creditors, and the government are all involved, and the fate of the country’s financial stability is at stake. A crucial vote is ...

FT Editorial: Transparency Is the Key to Solving the Zambian Debt Crisis

The Financial Times newspaper published a sharply worded editorial this weekend that called on Chinese creditors and Zambian borrowers to be more transparent in their dealings with one another in order to avoid what looks ...

Chinese Diplomats in Nigeria, South Africa Mount Counterattack To U.S.-Led Predatory Lending Accusations

China's Deputy Chief of Mission at the embassy in South Africa, Li Nan, at a recent online conference organized by the South African Institute of International Affairs.
Two senior-level Chinese diplomats in Africa are speaking out against U.S.-led accusations that Beijing engages in predatory lending on the continent, or “debt trap” diplomacy. In separate appearances, Chu Maoming, the consul general in Lagos, ...

U.S. Government Launches New Investment Program With the Aim of Providing African Countries an Alternative to China

The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) and the Washington, D.C.-based think tank The Atlantic Council organized a five-hour online conference on Friday to discuss a new, private-sector-led initiative that aims to drive more U.S. ...

Huawei’s CSR Efforts in Africa Are Surprisingly Successful

Chinese companies are generally not well known for implementing successful corporate social responsibility programs. CSR, for the most part, is still a relatively new concept in China. But Huawei’s efforts in Africa, particularly since the ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

India Could Ban Cheap Chinese Phones

The Indian government could push Chinese mobile phone manufacturers out of the lower end of its market, according to a new report by Bloomberg. The possible ban is reportedly aimed at boosting India’s failing domestic phone makers in the lucrative sub-12,000 rupee ($150) sector. 

The move will be a blow to Chinese companies like Xiaomi, RealMe, and Transsion, who make up 80% of sales in the sub-$150 sector. Low-end smartphones occupy a third ...

Meet Zhao Zhiyuan, China’s Unusual Incoming Ambassador to Ethiopia

China’s newly-appointed ambassador to Ethiopia Zhao Zhiyuan will take up his new post in Addis Ababa soon where he will replace Tan Jian who left his post last month in what was described as a ...

G20 Agrees to Give Poorest Nations Just the Bare Minimum for Debt Relief

Finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20 wealthy nations agreed to a bare-bones debt relief package on Wednesday that will extend the G20’s Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) by six ...

Even the World Bank President Doesn’t Think the DSSI Plan Goes Far Enough

David Malpass isn’t that happy with the G20’s latest iteration of its Debt Service Suspension Initiative that delays loan repayments an extra six months until June 2021. The World Bank president is calling for more ...

China Is Now a Key Player in Zambia’s Worsening Debt Crisis

Zambia's President Edgar Lungu shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping before their bilateral meeting at the Great Hall of the People on September 1, 2018. Nicolas ASFOURI / POOL / AFP
We’ll know next week if Zambia is going to be the first African country this year to default on part of its debt, or if it’ll get the repayment reprieve it’s been asking for. It’s ...

The U.S. Has Long Complained About Huawei’s Rise But Never Found a Way to Effectively Challenge the Chinese Tech Company. One DC Think Tank Has a Few Suggestions

A monitor displays the logo for “Huawei” behind Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as he speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington,DC on July 15, 2020. Andrew Harnik / POOL / AFP
The United States government is determined to try and hamper the Chinese tech giant Huawei’s efforts to become the dominant player in next-generation 5G mobile connectivity, AI, and other technologies. In May, Washington added the ...

Africa’s Trade With China is Tiny in Comparison to Other Regions Around the World

China may be a very important trading partner of the majority of African nations, but the same is definitely not true in reverse. In the first nine months of the year, China’s total global trade ...

G20 Finance Ministers Expected to Approve Multi-Billion Dollar Debt Freeze Extension For the World’s Poorest Countries

Finance ministers and central bankers from China, the United States, and other G20 countries are expected to release a communiqué on Wednesday, according to Reuters, which will extend the Debt Service Suspension ...

The World Bank Has a Cool New Interactive Tool Showing How Much DSSI-Eligible Countries Pay to Service Their Debts

The World Bank released a new interactive database that details how much each of the DSSI-eligible countries will pay in 2020 and 2021 to service their bilateral debts. As the world’s preeminent bilateral creditor, it’s ...

With or Without Debt Relief, Most Chinese Contractors in Africa Still Benefit

China has come under intense criticism from stakeholders in Africa, the U.S. and Europe for its refusal to enact an across-the-board debt relief plan for African borrowers. Instead, Beijing has opted to negotiate bilaterally and ...

How China Uses “Soft Law” To Engage Countries in Its Belt and Road Initiative

Since a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) or a so-called “cooperation agreement” is not legally binding, many U.S. and European stakeholders often shrug when China announces that it’s signed one of these agreements with countries along ...

The Head of One of China’s Major Foreign Policy Think Tanks Proposes 4 Ways to Revive Slumping China-Africa Trade

Wang Huiyao, president of the Beijing-based think tank Center for China and Globalization.
Two-way China-Africa trade dropped by almost 20% to just $82 billion in the first half of the year due to lockdowns brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak. With China’s economy recovering well, it’s ...

In One of His First Public Appearances as China’s New Ambassador to South Africa, Chen Xiaodong Reaffirms Beijing’s Commitment to African Infrastructure Development

China’s newly-arrived envoy to South Africa, Chen Xiaodong, made one of his first public appearances on Tuesday in a webinar organized by the South African Institute of International Affairs. Speaking from the embassy in Pretoria, ...

Who Exactly is the Chinese Embassy in Liberia Trying to Reach by Publishing a Tweet in Chinese With a WeChat Link?

China’s ambassador to Liberia, Ren Yisheng, made a pro forma visit this week to meet the new foreign minister, Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah and, as is now customary, the embassy published a Tweet about ...

China’s Foreign Ministry Rebuts Critics of its Debt Relief Strategy in Africa

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian pointedly rejected accusations that Beijing is not doing enough to help alleviate the worsening debt crisis in Africa. Speaking to reporters at the ministry’s regular press ...

Ghana’s Finance Minister: “Africa Is Not Asking for Charity. It Is Asking for Equity.”

Ghanaian Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta. AFP.
Ghana’s Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta issued an urgent call for action on African debt relief in a column published in the Financial Times on Monday that also included stinging rebukes of the United ...

It’s Been a Busy Month in Algiers With Visits From the U.S. Defense Chief Followed by Yang Jiechi, One of China’s Highest Ranking Officials

Yang Jiechi, one of China’s top foreign policy officials and also a member of the politburo, spent last weekend in Algiers where he held talks with President Abdelmadjid Tebboune and Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum.
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