China-Africa in the news: Xenophobia, fake Kente, Kenyan tea, AIIB founding members

Police Officers in South Africa. Security services in the country have struggled to contain attacks on foreign nationals which broke out two weeks ago. Wikimedia Common Photo.

The anti-foreigner attacks in South Africa have been described as Afrophobia on some forums. This is because the first attacks – about two weeks ago – were made on African immigrants, mainly those from Ethiopia, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of… Continue Reading


China-Africa in the news: Loan deals, a damning report, and peacekeepers for S. Sudan

Peacekeeping - UNAMID

The recent visits to China by the Zambia and Uganda Presidents resulted in a number of several deals that will see the Chinese government and companies investing in the two countries. Edward Lungu and Yoweri Museveni were in China for… Continue Reading


China-Africa in the news: South Africa’s visa rules, apples, and more debt concerns


The manager of the Chinese restaurant at the center of a racism row in Nairobi, Kenya, was released on bail this week. Esther Yang is charged with operating the restaurant without a license. She is also accused of working without… Continue Reading


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