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A CFR Virtual Conference on China’s Growing Footprint in Africa

The Council on Foreign Relations in New York organized a virtual conference this week to discuss U.S. perspectives on "China's Growing Footprint in Africa." The first part of the discussion focused largely on comparing/contrasting U.S. and Chinese economic development strategies on the continent ...

African Leaders Plead For Faster Debt Relief at International Summit

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta used his opening speech at a virtual leaders summit of the Organization of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) to plead for more debt relief, particularly for the world's poorest countries. "The debt of many member states continues to rise. ...

Once Angola Renegotiates its Debts, There May Not be Much Money Left Over For Anything Else

Nathan Hayes, an Africa analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit in London, highlights Angola's dilemma in the ongoing talks to restructure its debts. With the price of oil so low due to the global economic slowdown brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak, pretty much the only choice ...

China Says It’ll Work With Angola on G20 Debt Relief, But Remains Vague About Status of Bilateral Loans

The Chinese government on Wednesday reaffirmed its position that it will cooperate with the G20's ongoing debt relief initiative in Africa but refused to provide any specific details about how Beijing plans to reschedule its vast loan portfolio in Africa, specifically in Angola.

Why China’s “Blame the West” Strategy for Any Negative News Coverage in Africa is Counterproductive

The enormous amounts of negative news coverage about China's relationship with Africa that followed the dramatic events in Guangzhou back in April and, more recently, the spread of COVID-19 on the continent, has led to a new consensus among Chinese stakeholders as to who, precisely, is responsible. ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Letter From DC: Is Africa Holding Itself Back?

Whoo boy…We picked a doozy of a week to be in town. The overlapping reverberations from leadership fights within the Democratic Party, the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, and the announcement of JD Vance as his vice-presidential candidate are understandably focusing attention inwards.
That said, we’ve had fascinating conversations with very smart folks who focus on Africa, the wider Global South, and China’s role there. One theme ...

Chinese Miltary Donates COVID-19 Supplies to the Rwandan Military

A Chinese People's Liberation Army cargo plane landed Wednesday to deliver $300,000 worth of COVID-19 PPE and other medical supplies. The PLA donated the material to their counterparts in the Rwandan Defense Force.  It's not clear from the statement on the ...