China Africa News

Since Admiral Zheng He’s voyage to East Africa in 1405 up to this date there has been constant interaction and active economic, social and political relationships between China and most parts of the African continent.

Yet, these complex relationships remain often elusive, mystified, revered and feared by China, Africa and the West to varying degrees.  China Africa News aims to bring more first-hand narratives and experiences into the mix to challenge perceptions and entrenched stereotypes on all sides. 

This site provides a weekly collation of news stories from African, Chinese and Western sources with a focus on business activities between the two most dynamic, forward looking and exciting regions  in the world. In this way we hope to provide some exciting stories and interesting perspectives for our readers and complement the excellent academic work on the topic and find our place in the increasing number of popular China-Africa websites. (Find links here)

Ajibola Fatimilehin, Editor

Ajibola edits China Africa News. Motivated by the need for an unbiased reporting of the developments in Sino-African relations; he joined CAN to provide readers with a detailed account on current affairs and the resulting impact in both China and Africa. In the long term he aims to facilitate a beneficial relationship for both sides.

Ajibola attained a masters in Electrical Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester and through the Study China UK programme enrolled in a short term course on Chinese Public Policy. Ajibola is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and currently works in the Renewable Power Sector.


Katharina Neureiter, Contributor

Katharina contributes to China Africa News. Katharina works as a consultant on social impact investments and the political economy of Africa. She holds an MSc in History of International Relations from the London School. She became interested in the China-Africa nexus several years ago when undertaking research into gold mining in Southern Africa. Since then she has obsessed over the topic and still aims to pursue a phd in China-Africa studies one day in the future.


Henry Hall, Founder

HHall.crop.30.04.2013Henry started China Africa News in 2008, frustrated by the lack of reliable news on the China Africa relationship. By creating a space to access African, Chinese and Western news and commentary he hoped to provide a balanced outlook. He continues his involvement in CAN as an advisor to the editorial team.

Educated at Edinburgh and Hong Kong Universities, Henry completed an MSc in Political Economy of Late Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He became interested in the China Africa relationship during his undergraduate studies and wrote a dissertation on Chinese involvement in Nigeria. Since finishing he has written articles for Africa Asia Confidential and has worked at Critical Resource, Africa Practice and The Stimson Center in Washington DC.