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China-Angola Debt Restructuring Deal Close Says Senior Official

The Angolan government is reportedly close to finalizing a deal with Chinese creditors to restructure the $20.1 billion of debts that Luanda owes Beijing, according to an unnamed senior government official quoted by Reuters. This is one of ...

Nigeria’s House Speaker Rallies Other Legislative Leaders Across Africa in New Appeal for Debt Relief

Nigeria's outspoken Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, is mobilizing his legislative counterparts in half a dozen other African countries, including Kenya, South Africa, and Ethiopia, to speak out on the need for immediate debt relief and even outright debt cancellation.

China’s Top Diplomat for Sub-Saharan Africa Details Four Priorities for Chinese Foreign Policy on the Continent

China's diplomatic lead for sub-Saharan Africa, Wu Peng, published a lengthy statement on Kenya's Capital FM radio website on Sunday, detailing Beijing's four main priorities for its foreign policy in Africa. Wu is the former ambassador to Kenya and now the ...

It May Seem Odd to a Lot of People in Africa But Taiwan is a Really Big Issue for Chinese Diplomacy on the Continent

It's safe to say that what's happening in Taiwan these days is not a paramount concern for most African stakeholders. But you wouldn't know that from the emphasis that senior Chinese officials, including Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, put on the issue in their bilateral talks with ...

Tech Update: Kenya Follows U.S. With Calls to Investigate TikTok, Washington’s Huawei Crackdown Could Hurt American Development Efforts

TIKTOK:  "Senator Iman Falhada is calling on the government "to safeguard the metadata of Kenyans that is being collected by the TikTok." Another senator, Mwaura Isaac Maigua, argued that suggested policies relating to social media privacy shouldn't be limited to TikTok but should apply to all other ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...

Foreign Policy Elder Statesman Herman Cohen Explains Why China is “Not a Problem for the U.S.” in Africa

Former United States diplomat Herman J. Cohen is one of Washington's foreign policy elder statesmen. Ambassador Cohen served as the U.S. envoy to Gambia and Senegal in the late 1970s and then later as the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs in the George H.W. Bush ...

While China’s International Relations Cool Elsewhere, They’re Warming Up in Africa

Perceptions of China around the world are growing increasingly negative. Not surprisingly, public opinion in the U.S. has plummeted and although Europe seems more divided on the issue, it's safe to say that the likes of Macron, Johnson, and Merkel are hesitant at best about deepening their ...