BRICS leaders focus on COVID challenges

BRICS leaders focus on COVID challenges

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa joined China’s Xi Jinping in calling for cooperation and unity in the fight against COVID as leaders of the five developing BRICS economies met Tuesday in a virtual meeting hosted by Russia. Ramaphosa’s focus on trade disruptions, supply chain challenges and African debt follows…

China, Africa put COVID at center of FOCAC summit

China, Africa put COVID at center of FOCAC summit

African leaders met Wednesday to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, in a virtual meeting hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, the current chair of the African Union. Also coordinating the Summit on Solidarity against COVID-19 was President Macky Sall of Senegal, whose nation holds…

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

Angola’s Lourenço announces $2 billion Chinese loan

Angolan President João Lourenço wrapped up a visit to Beijing Wednesday, where he met with President Xi Jinping and other government leaders as well as members of the business community. Their talks led to a new USD$2 billion credit agreement for infrastructure funded through China Development Bank, according to Angola’s official…

Mali: Beijing to send envoy for IBK inauguration ceremony

China confirms that it is sending a special envoy to Mali for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta’s inauguration on Saturday. Zheng Jianbang, the Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, will represent President Xi Jinping in Bamako at Keïta’s invitation. “China and Mali enjoy profound…

Ramaphosa, Sall help to close out FOCAC summit

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Senegal’s President Macky Sall joined Chinese President Xi Jinping in declaring the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing a success as it ended Tuesday. The summit issued the Beijing Declaration (Toward an Even Stronger China-Africa Community with a Shared Future) to advance their…

Cameroon’s Biya, Nigerian Buhari head to FOCAC

President Paul Biya of Cameroon met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Friday as African heads of state continue to arrive in Beijing ahead of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit. Biya said he stressed Cameroon’s support for China’s Belt and Road Initiative, a global economic strategy at the…

Ramaphosa, Xi begin talks in South Africa

Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in South Africa for what is his third state visit, ahead of the BRICS summit in Johannesburg to begin Wednesday. He’ll hold talks with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa today in Pretoria, with a focus on strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two nations, according…

Chinese president arrives in Rwanda

Chinese President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan have arrived in Rwanda for a two-day state visit, where they were received by President Paul Kagame and the Rwandan First Lady, Jeannette Kagame.  The visit to Rwanda is the first for a Chinese president, and underscores the growing influence of…

Ahead of BRICS, China’s Xi Jinping begins Africa visits

President Xi Jinping of China begins Thursday a trip that will bring him to Senegal and Rwanda for state visits, before he heads to South Africa and the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg. “The visits will promote the further deepening of political mutual trust, mutual development assistance, mutual learning on each…

Ethiopia, Kenya headed to Belt and Road Forum in Beijing

China says that 28 governments so far have confirmed they will attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) in Beijing in May, with the attendees including President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia. They will be joined by United Nations Secretary General…