Report finds Chinese firms linked to illegal logging in Gabon, Congo

Report finds Chinese firms linked to illegal logging in Gabon, Congo

A four-year investigation by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) advocacy group traced illegally sourced timber from the forests of Congo Brazzaville and Gabon, to discover what it says are extensive holdings by a Chinese firm linked to bribery, corruption, tax evasion and ecosystem destruction. “According to evidence collected by EIA,…

China welcomes news of Sall win in Senegal’s elections

China welcomes news of Sall win in Senegal’s elections

The government of China has extended its congratulations to President Macky Sall of Senegal, who was declared winner of the country’s February 24 election by the Commission Electorale Nationale Autonome (CENA). Lu Kang, spokesman for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, welcomed the news during a Friday briefing and said Sall…

U.S. files criminal charges against Huawei CFO Meng

The United States on Monday announced criminal charges are filed against Chinese telecom giant Huawei, including relevant subsidiaries and executives, because of alleged violations of U.S. sanctions against Iran and related financial crimes. The Department of Justice filing targets Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou among them: She is charged with bank…

China responds to Kagame remarks on Africa engagement

Rwandan President Paul Kagame, current head of the African Union, has blamed Europe for the Mediterranean migrant crisis while discussing China’s engagement with Africa, all in an interview with Austrian media outlet that caught the attention of Beijing on Tuesday. Kagame sat for the interview with Die Presse while attending…

The world is watching Huawei, but who is watching Africa?

In recent weeks the controversies surrounding Chinese telecom giant Huawei seem to mount every day. From New Zealand to Japan, and from Europe to the long-suspicious United States, countries balk at the idea of using Huawei equipment in their communications networks. In China and Canada, the arrest of a top…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

The U.S. may wish otherwise, but what if Africa has chosen China?

China wasted no time in responding to accusations by top United States official John Bolton’s claim that its dealings with Africa are corrupt and predatory. It’s an oft-repeated charge, as the U.S. appears to realize too late that Beijing has spent decades courting the continent while Washington was, by and…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Ethiopia’s satellite plans come with strings attached

Last month, Ethiopia officially announced plans to launch its first earth observatory satellite, with China footing 75% of the $8 million bill and providing technical assistance. Such comprehensive assistance is of course welcome news for Ethiopia’s burgeoning space program, but it’s an open question to what extent the government is aware…

Monica Gitau

Monica is a freelance journalist based in Kenya

Huawei confirms CFO arrested in Canada

The CFO of Chinese technology company Huawei, a firm with significant investments across Africa, was detained in Canada earlier this week for extradition to the United States, the company confirmed early Thursday. Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the global company’s founder, is believed to be under investigation in connection with…

China’s MFA speaks out on Zambian-Chinese tensions

China’s foreign ministry spoke out Thursday on increasing tensions in Zambia over the Chinese role in the country, which has been criticized most recently by longtime political opposition leader Haikande Hichilema. Hichilema was detained for questioning earlier this week after he was accused of making public anti-China statements that led…

The future of Angola’s infrastructure development

By Zandre Campos As Angola seeks to diversify its economy, one of the key sectors that continues to grow is infrastructure development. The country has continued to strengthen its mutually beneficial relationships with allies, particularly China, which has invested in Angola’s infrastructure since the two countries established diplomatic relations in…

China pushes back after German media questions its African interests

China has pushed back against a German-media article that claimed China is “pocketing” Africa in unscrupulous ways, all intended to deliver undue political influence through unethical practices. The November 7 article written by Nils Kottmann for Bild, a tabloid frequently criticized for its sensationalism, asserted that China was spying on…

Dubai sues China’s Merchants over Djibouti port

By Paul Nyakazeya UNITED Arab Emirates’ (UAE) DP World Limited and its subsidiaries have taken legal action against China for building an international free zone on a terminal being disputed with Djibouti. The lawsuit was filed in the High Court of Hong Kong for unlawfully procuring and inducing the Republic…