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New Short Doc Showcases Black Lives in China

A compelling new mini-documentary, produced by the Beijing-based independent production company Arrow Factory, provides a rare glimpse into the lives of China's diverse Black community. A half-dozen expatriates share their personal experiences of what it was like to move to China, ...

Construction Begins on New Chinese-Financed Vocational Campus in an Important Congolese Cobalt Mining City

The Chinese embassy in Kinshasa announced that construction will begin soon on a new vocational education campus in Kowlezi, the capital of the southern Lualaba province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The new 15,000 square ...

New Chinese-Made Wing Loong II Attack Drones Arrive in Nigeria

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) marked the arrival this week of a pair of Wing Loong II attack drones from China. The Wing Loong II is among China's most sophisticated unmanned combat aerial vehicles, and can remain airborne between 26 and 31 hours. ...

Latest World Bank Debt Report Prompts Renewed Concern About Kenya, Ethiopia

Journalists and analyst have been poring through the World Bank's latest report on global debt that was published last month. Two African countries in particular, Kenya and Ethiopia, stand out. The report examined external debt accumulation among ...

It’s Eerily Quiet 24 Hours Before Zambia’s Bondholders Reveal Their Decision on Whether to Restructure the Country’s Debt

The Zambia External Bondholder Committee, a coalition of private creditors that own around 40% of Zambia's Eurobond debt, is expected to announce tomorrow whether they will approve the government's request for a six-month repayment delay on $3 billion of Eurobond notes. ...

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 ...

What To Do About the Lack of Chinese Loan Transparency in Africa?

One of the central issues in the current Zambian debt crisis is a lack of transparency that makes it largely impossible for investors, policymakers, and constituents on all sides to know what's really going on. The Chinese government and creditors are among the worst in this regard. ...