Chinese foreign minister set for five-nation Africa tour

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

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 is the editor of Africa Times

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

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 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…

China’s FM begins 3-nation tour in South Africa

South Africa is hosting the foreign minister of China on Friday, with his counterpart Naledi Pandor of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) of South Africa welcoming him to Durban. Pandor will host bilateral talks in Durban as Wang Yi begins a three-nation visit that also will take him…

Hong Kong, Africa and the One China policy

Most African nations adhere to the “One China” policy of Beijing and are careful to avoid offense when the policy comes into diplomatic question. The South African kingdom of eSwatini, for example, is the only nation on the continent that maintains its diplomatic ties with Taiwan; the Dalai Lama of…

New China-Africa paper calls on West to tone down the BRI drama

As the Chinese celebrate the government’s 70th anniversary, a new paper on Beijing’s relationships with African nations explores how Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects are actually being implemented – and it offers a few surprising conclusions. The paper from the Brookings Institution in the United States is part of…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

China denies it has any issue with Africans attending TICAD7

A China at odds with neighboring Japan denied any concerns over the latter’s engagement of African leaders as they attend the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), which began Wednesday. That denial followed reports speculating that the Japanese didn’t release information about African leaders attending the conference because…

Report: U.S. concerned about broader Russian influence in Africa

The Russian presence on the African continent may be broader than publicly acknowledged, and alongside a rising China remains a critical concern for the United States, according to a new report from investigative news outlet The Intercept in the U.S. The report from award-winning author Nick Turse, published Tuesday, is…

Tunisia’s Essebsi honored with state funeral

Tunisians on Saturday bid farewell to President Beji Caid Essebsi, the 92-year-old leader who died Thursday at a military hospital in Tunis following years of service to the North African nation. Essebsi’s state funeral included throngs of people in the streets who came to honor him, lining the route between…

China congratulates Africans on AfCFTA launch

China on Monday congratulated African nations following the weekend launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in Niamey, Niger, during an African Union summit that saw Niger and Benin join the near-complete list of African nations signed to the trade deal. The achievement was welcomed by China’s ministry…