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FOCAC PERSPECTIVES: Appeals For More People-to-People Ties and For Mutual Respect Between Chinese and Africans

Every day leading up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation conference on November 29th and 30th, CAP will feature perspectives from journalists, academics, activists, and business leaders about what they hope will emerge from the FOCAC event in Dakar. If you ...

China Plans to Ramp Up Digital Engagement in Africa

The Chinese government announced new plans this week to increase engagement in Africa's tech sector by expanding partnerships in a number of areas including digital economy, smart cities, and 5G mobile communications.   “China will share the achievements of digital technology with Africa to ...

The Huawei Fuss and Implications For Africa’s Cyber Security

The last decade has seen unprecedented advances in technology, from machine learning used to forecast patient health outcomes to renewable energy and biofuels adopted across a range of advanced, emerging, and developing market economies. While there is much bluster about machine learning, robotics, and data science, 5G ...

Safaricom’s Decision to Suspend Its Huawei-Powered 5G Network is Just a Business Story

It's going to be very tempting for a lot of people in Washington, D.C. to read the news that Kenya's leading telco, Safaricom, suspended the rollout of its new Huawei-powered 5G network as evidence that the company finally came to its senses about the dangers of using ...

China Dominates Almost Every Layer of East Africa’s Mobile Technology Sector

Chinese technology permeates nearly every level of the East African mobile technology stack with the notable exception of operating systems that are still dominated by Google and Apple, according to a post by Kenya-based technology analyst Michael Kimani. While Kimani focused his analysis on ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Jiang Zemin Created the Africa-China Relationship As We Know It Today

Reflections on the legacy of Jiang Zemin, China’s president from 1993 to 2003, who passed away on Wednesday, emphasized how he presided over a decade of explosive economic growth. Fewer have pointed out that he was also a key architect of China’s current relationship with Africa. 
After the Mao era, emblematized by Chinese involvement in African anti-colonial struggles, the relationship went dormant as China focused on building economic ties ...

China’s Bumbling Debt Communications Hurts Africa

Even though China is a central actor in the burgeoning African debt crisis, it's often hard to tell. Chinese stakeholders in this unfolding drama are notoriously silent when it comes to communicating their positions and signaling to the markets and other governments as to what their intentions ...

What Is Chinese “Constructive Journalism” and Will It Work in Africa?

The Chinese definition of journalism is significantly different than that in most of Africa and for much of the rest of the world. Most importantly, the news media in China is tightly controlled by the communist party and, as such, is ...

How Effective Crisis Communications Helped Defuse a Potentially Huge PR Disaster for the Chinese in Zimbabwe

Ten years after two Chinese managers at the Collum coal mine in Zambia opened fire and injured 11 workers who were protesting against low pay and poor conditions, a similar situation, albeit on a smaller scale, occurred this past weekend in Zimbabwe. ...

Public Relations with Chinese Characteristics

The Chinese approach to public relations often comes under fire by groups that espouse values of engagement and transparency. There is an attempt to measure Chinese PR performance against liberal democratic ideals, and unsurprisingly, those using this metric often come up disappointed time and time again.   ...

China, Africa, and the Future of the Internet

Blessed with generous government-backed loans and low-cost, high-quality equipment, Chinese technology companies have transformed African telecommunications. Millions can now connect for voice and data using devices made by Tecno, Huawei, and ZTE among countless others. Similarly, in media, private companies like StarTimes and state-backed ...
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[NEW PODCAST] Why It's Not China's Fault That Its Trade With Africa is So Distorted

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