Recent reports from several think tanks detailed the important role of the media in framing—and at times, facilitating or limiting—Chinese influence across Africa. These reports highlight the CCP’s growing efforts at...
Jan 12, 2023
Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang is currently on a five-nation tour of Africa as part of his first official overseas trip in his new position. His itinerary includes Ethiopia, Gabon, Angola, Benin, and Egypt, continuing a...
Media Forums Promote Journalist Collaboration and Position Chinese Narratives in African News Agencies
Aug 30, 2022
This month, China hosted two major media forums aimed at promoting synergy between Chinese and foreign media organizations. Both forums highlighted the importance of training programs for journalists in the Global South. These...
May 4, 2014
Before departing for his trip to Nigeria, Angola, Kenya, and Ethiopia, where his ministers have...
Sep 19, 2013
The New York Times’ Adam Nossiter reports that China is encountering resistance to oil deals...
Dec 21, 2012
12 writers from China are among the 41 who received Human Rights Watch’s 2012 Hellman/Hammett grants “for their commitment to free expression and their courage in the face of persecution”. The organisation...
Apr 16, 2012
Chinese environmental activist Ma Jun and Ikal Angelei, a Kenyan campaigner against a China-backed dam in Ethiopia, are among the recipients of this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize. From the Goldman Prize’s...
Jul 14, 2011
In contrast with Hillary Clinton’s recent warnings of China’s “new colonialism”, the Stimson Center argues that China’s interests in Africa “should not be seen as categorically harmful”....
Jan 30, 2011
A new report from the NGO Saferworld details the effect of China’s expanding African presence on the continent’s security and stability. China’s bilateral relations with African states are largely determined by its...
Sep 30, 2010
International Rivers has confirmed that the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China is backing Ethiopia’s controversial Gibe 3 dam, whose generating equipment is to be provided by the Dongfang Electric Corporation. While...
Jun 15, 2007
Howard French reports from a flight between Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Beijing: To be sure, China will not forever be the fresh-faced and idealized suitor that many in Africa take it to be today. This is clearly a special, honeymoon-like moment. But the very appeal of China owes a great deal to disillusionment in Africa […]
May 5, 2007
From The International Herald Tribune, via A Glimpse of the World blog: HARAR, Ethiopia: It is tempting to see the incident last week in eastern Ethiopia, in which nine Chinese oil workers were killed and seven briefly kidnapped, as a sort of inflection point in Beijing’s fast-evolving relationship with Africa. As tempting as it is, […]
May 2, 2007
From Asia Sentinel: The recent murders of Chinese oil workers in Ethiopia are a reminder that some places are best left alone. The killings of nine Chinese oil workers last month by separatist rebels and the capture of several others in a remote area of eastern Ethiopia has come as a great shock to the […]
Apr 29, 2007
From BBC News: Seven Chinese oil workers kidnapped by rebels in Ethiopia have been released and handed to the Red Cross, Red Cross officials and the rebels said. Two Ethiopian oil worker were also released, an Ogaden National Liberation Front spokesman said, adding all were in good health. The men were seized during a rebel […]
Apr 28, 2007
A follow-up on the attack on Chinese oil workers in Ethiopia last week, from Financial Times (via gulfnews.com): Last week’s attack on an oil exploration site in eastern Ethiopia in which nine Chinese were killed and at least five more taken hostage, was the single deadliest incident involving the Chinese in Africa to date. At […]
Apr 25, 2007
From the Washington Post: The killings of nine Chinese oilmen in Ethiopia’s desolate Ogaden Desert have provided a bloody reminder that China’s worldwide pursuit of raw materials has taken it into some rough neighborhoods where goodwill proclamations may not be enough to avoid getting caught up in local conflicts. Exposure to the military and political […]
Apr 24, 2007
From AP, via MSNBC.com: Gunmen raided a Chinese-run oil field near the Somali border on Tuesday, killing 65 Ethiopians and nine Chinese workers, an official of the Chinese company said. An ethnic Somali rebel group claimed responsibility for the attack. [Full Text] – UPDATE: See also from BBC: “Q&A: Ethiopia’s ONLF rebels.” and “China, Ethiopia: […]
CDT in the News
- Journal of Contemporary China – Invented Borders: The Tension Between Grassroots Patriotism and State-led Patriotic Campaigns in China
- NYT – A Tiananmen Square Musical Worries About China’s Glare
- Global Voices – In China, questions remain ahead of Huawei’s launch of the Mate 60 phone series
- Rest of World – Heavily persecuted, highly influential: China’s online feminist revolution
- Sky News – Chinese state media appears to censor one of its own videos