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The Chinese Government’s “10,000 African Villages” Project in Two Mozambican Villages: Kung Fu, Confusion and Flags

Several months ago, on a bus ride spanning the provinces of southern Mozambique, I passed a seemingly infinite number of advertisements painted on the walls of homes and stores when I suddenly passed one that I had not seen before – a hand-painted advertisement featuring Chinese and ...

Chinese-owned Farms Struggle to Help Improve Food Security in Zimbabwe

Strategic investments by the Chinese enterprises in Zimbabwe's agriculture sector face mounting challenges that are scuttling plans to assist the southern African country's erstwhile foothold as a net food producer. The Sino-Zim ventures were launched with the aim of assisting the southern African country's struggling food security ...

He’s Back! China’s Outspoken Former Ambassador to South Africa Reappears on State Media

After hurriedly leaving South Africa in early April to return to China, apparently because of the pandemic-related shutdown of commercial flights between the two countries, former ambassador Lin Songtian has kept a low profile over the past couple months. But ...

Heritage Foundation: China’s Construction of Government Buildings in Africa Potentially Enhances Beijing’s Spying Capabilities

The conservative Heritage Foundation in the United States published a new report on Wednesday arguing that China's intelligence capabilities are potentially enhanced by Beijing's drive to construct government buildings across the continent. "Chinese companies have constructed or renovated ...

How is China Going to Approach the Debt Crisis in Africa?

One of the big questions around the burgeoning debt crisis in Africa is how will China respond? With an estimated $152 billion of outstanding loans on the continent, Beijing is by far the continent's largest bilateral creditor.  No discussion ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

Even if Africa’s Creditors Reach a Debt Relief Deal, Moody’s Says It Won’t Matter in the Long Run

The global credit rating agency Moody's Investors Services issued a grim warning this week that even if African governments are able to finalize a debt relief deal with their creditors, it won't help very much.  "While debt-service relief will allow some ...

African Development Bank President: “It’s Not Fair”:

People like World Bank President David Malpass and AfDB head Dr. Akinwumi Adesina are surprisingly upbeat about the prospect of finding a solution to Africa's worsening debt crisis. Maybe they have to because it's their job, but the reality is that their ...