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Is China exporting authoritarian politics via its technology?

Is China exporting authoritarian politics via its technology?

While the world debates 5G technologies, and the US takes aim at China’s telecoms giant Huawei, this remains a live topic across the continent, too. From internet blackouts in Ethiopia… to facial recognition software in South Africa… to the recent public embrace by...

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China’s ‘palate democracy’ may not be to Africa’s taste

China’s ‘palate democracy’ may not be to Africa’s taste

116k 12 Reactions China has lessons worth learning, but governance without elections and choice of ruling party isn’t one of them. China’s government likes to describe its economic system as “socialism with Chinese characteristics”. Which sounds a bit like a euphemism...

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Sweet and Sour: China in Ghana

Sweet and Sour: China in Ghana

China’s Premier Li Keqiang, right, meets Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, Sept. 1, 2018. African-American intellectual giant W.E.B Du Bois spent his last years in newly independent Ghana. Today tourists can visit...

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China is going digital in Africa

China is going digital in Africa

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has signed an agreement with Ethiopia to launch its electronic world trade platform (eWTP). It’s the second African country after Rwanda to sign up to the eWTP, an e-commerce initiative aimed at making it easier for small and...

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China’s e-commerce a role model for Africa

China’s e-commerce a role model for Africa

An employee packages goods at a warehouse of e-commerce platform Kilimall in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, November 1, 2019. Photo: Xinhua Looking at Africa from the perspective of most international media outlets, one gets the picture of a desperate continent. From...

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Africans Find a Home in a Country with Few Foreigners

Africans Find a Home in a Country with Few Foreigners

Migrants in Guangzhou: Life in China's 'Little Africa' Most of the people who shop at the Yueyang Trading Mall in the Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou are dark-skinned. Clocks on the walls show the time in Cairo and South Africa. Inside the small shops, Chinese...

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