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China’s First Political School in Africa

Spotlight   published by Paul Nantulya on November 7, 2023

The Nyerere Leadership School, supported by China’s Central Party School, provides ideological training to cadres from African liberation parties that have governed uninterrupted since independence.

China’s United Front Strategy in Africa

Spotlight   published by Paul Nantulya on September 5, 2023

China’s United Front work co-opts well-placed individuals and organizations to cultivate support for and defend China’s goals and interests while isolating China’s opponents in Africa.

China’s Influence on African Media

Video   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on May 12, 2023

China media expert Bob Wekesa reflects on the Chinese Communist Party’s model of total state control of information and its export to Africa.

Africa’s Role in China’s Multilateralism Strategy

Spotlight   published by Paul Nantulya on January 24, 2023

China’s efforts to reshape existing global institutions and norms rely on the support of African governments, though this can often be at odds with African citizen interests.

China’s Deepening Ties to Africa in Xi Jinping’s Third Term

Spotlight   published by Paul Nantulya on November 29, 2022

Embarking on his third term in power, Xi Jinping is firmly in control of China’s foreign policy, which is expected to accentuate the enlistment of African support for reshaping global institutions and validating China’s governance norms.

The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation at 21: Where to Next?

Spotlight   published by Paul Nantulya on September 3, 2021

African countries can negotiate a more equitable role in FOCAC, but this requires a more strategically focused approach, better coordination, and greater accountability to their citizens.

Army of Fake Fans Boosts China’s Messaging on Twitter

Recommended research   published by Erika Kinetz, Associated Press on May 12, 2021

Chinese officials around the world use Twitter and Facebook, which are blocked in China, to post about their country’s initiatives and defend it against controversy. But the seeming popularity of many accounts, which the Communist Party controls and whose content is sourced from state-run media, and of their posts is artificially inflated by fake accounts that retweet posts by the thousands of times. These retweets violate Twitter rules on manipulation, leading to a high rate of account suspensions. Improving the labeling of government accounts to better indicate the likelihood of content being propaganda and helping social media implement their own rules will be key to mitigating these strategies.