China-Africa in the news: ‘Racist’ Nairobi restaurant, China’s defence minister in Zimbabwe and Namibia, Museveni and Lungu in Beijing, Kenya’s growing debt

A Chinese man in Ghana. The influx of Chinese people to Africa is bound to offend cultural sensitivities, as the Kenya restaurant incident shows.  Photo: oneVillage Initiative (Wikimedia Commons)

“The time for Africans is over,” a guard told a couple of prospective patrons. Only, these were not just any other patrons but journalists. African journalists, in Kenya – an African country – turned away by an African guard at… Continue Reading


Sick in Uganda? Call the Chinese doctor

Chinese Doctors in Uganda

“People know I am particularly good for back ache, neck ache, sciatica, skin diseases,” he says. “I am actually specialised in Western medicine, but lots of people come to me for Chinese traditional medicine as well as acupuncture and massage therapy. Chinese medicine is still underdeveloped in Uganda, but its popularity is growing.” Continue Reading


Wits China-Africa Project holds journalists roundtable

Lucy Corkin from Rand Merchant Bank, whose presentation was about economic engagements and financial flows between China and Africa.

The Wits China-Africa Projects’ journalists roundtable on 6 November was a vibrant success. The roundtable brought together more than 60 journalists, experts and scholars from Africa, Asia, and Europe to illuminate on the many facets of the China-Africa relationship. Brigitte… Continue Reading


Think pieces by the China-Africa Knowledge Project


The China-Africa Knowledge Project recently published 21 think pieces exploring different questions of the China-Africa relationship. The pieces were presented at a conference – Making Sense of the China-Africa Relationship: Theoretical Approaches and the Politics of Knowledge – held on… Continue Reading


Reporting Resources


Resources about China-Africa relations for journalists. Not comprehensive by any means, they offer an introduction to understanding Africa’s engagement with China, a point of entry. It includes government websites, blogs, think tanks and research projects, journals, and a few books. The database is a work in process and reflects current developments in the field. Continue Reading