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Why China will Probably Sidestep Calls for Sahel Involvement

The Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) kicked off in Dakar, Senegal with huge expectations. As usual, there was a lot of talk about trade, investment, and other perennial Africa-China discussion points. More surprising was the call from Senegalese Foreign Minister ...

Xi Lays Out an Ambitious Agenda For Engagement in Africa With a Focus on Vaccines and Trade

Chinese President Xi Jinping unveiled a sweeping package of trade, health, and investment programs that all appear intended to address the continent's immediate demand for combatting the COVID-19 pandemic and sparking economic growth. The president laid out his proposals on Monday ...

Xi’s Billion Dose Vaccine Pledge Signals a Huge Increase in its African Provision

Chinese President Xi Jinping's promise to provide a billion more doses of COVID-19 vaccines to African countries is a dramatic change from the rather paltry 107 million jabs that Chinese pharmaceutical companies have distributed to date across the continent. 

Why Policymakers in the U.S. and Europe Should Feel Nervous After Xi’s FOCAC Speech

It's unlikely that many people in either Washington or Brussels paid that much attention to Chinese President Xi Jinping's keynote address on Monday at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation conference. Except for news agencies like Reuters and Bloomberg, no major U.S. newspaper, news site, or television network ...

Presidents Sall and Ramaphosa Address FOCAC

Senegalese President Macky Sall, host of this year's FOCAC, and President Cyril Rampahosa from South Africa both delivered speeches at the forum on Monday, among the few African leaders this year to speak at the event. Both spoke of the importance ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China Intensifies SE Asian Diplomacy Amid U.S.-Philippine Exercises

Tensions are high in the South China Sea as the Philippines kicks off its annual Balikatan joint military exercises with the United States. The opening ceremony of the three-week, 17,000-troop operation took place on Tuesday, aimed at “highlighting ironclad alliance” between Washington and Manila, according to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. The exercises will also include France and Australia.
In response, China is signaling its own regional relationships. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi ...

FOCAC is Triennial and So is Africa’s Presence on the Front Page of China’s Largest Newspaper

It's rare that African issues make it into the pages of China's largest newspapers, much less to the front page of the People's Daily, the country's most important publication. But it does happen once every three years when the Chinese President delivers his FOCAC address as was ...