China to spotlight African issues at UN Security Council

China to spotlight African issues at UN Security Council

China says it will maintain focus on the African continent, as it assumes leadership of the United Nations Security Council for the month of March. Zhao Lijian, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Tuesday that Somalia and Sudan’s Darfur region are top priorities as China leads discussion on…

WHO holds off on PHEIC designation as global virus concern spreads

As China’s coronavirus spreads across the nation and into other countries, The World Health Organization said Thursday it has again postponed a decision on a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) while awaiting additional information. The PHEIC is a designation for an “extraordinary event” with the potential for international…

Chinese foreign minister set for five-nation Africa tour

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi will head to Africa next week, with official visits planned in Egypt, Eritrea and Djibouti, as well as Burundi and Zimbabwe. The diplomatic schedule was announced Thursday by the Ministry of Affairs, which noted China’s tradition of beginning each new year on the African continent….

Ghana delivers fishing gear to help reduce IUU practices

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo Addo delivered thousands of outboard motors and other fishing gear to the country’s coastal residents on Tuesday, while encouraging them to end illegal practices and pursue a sustainable industry. Akufo Addo, along with other agency leaders including fisheries minister Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, made the presentation during…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

China refutes U.S. claims on Huawei, derides unilateralism

The Chinese government took a forceful position against the United States on Tuesday, denying the claims of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his warnings against trusting Beijing or the Huawei firm in Europe or in Africa. “The company, based in Shenzhen, maintains links to the Chinese People’s Liberation…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Report: Madagascar’s mica mines rely on child labor

There are at least 11,000 children working in Madagascar’s southern mica mining region, where poverty means that sometimes entire families are exposed to dangerous health and safety conditions. That’s according to a new report from human rights advocates at Terre des Hommes, which found that between 56 and 62 percent…

China again denies recycled AU spying claims

China delivered a blistering retort on Monday to new remarks about spying at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, a claim that has circulated in recent years but was recently referenced by a U.S. official seeking to persuade nations not to use China’s Huawei firm and its equipment. Spokesman…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Chinese vice premier continues three-nation African tour

China’s Vice Premier Sun Chunlan headed to Namibia on Thursday, the second stop of a three-nation African tour that runs through November 13. Sun arrived in Windhoek to meet with her counterpart, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, after meetings in Madagascar with President Andry Rajoelina and Prime Minister Christian Ntsay. Rajoelina noted that…