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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Talks Debts Traps and Vaccines at Two Sessions

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi again dismissed the idea that Chinese projects are trapping Africa in debt, instead calling them ‘monuments of cooperation.’ Wang made the remarks on Monday at a press conference on the sidelines of the Two Sessions meeting ...

Is China’s One-Billion Vaccine Goal Realistic?

During his press conference at the Two Sessions on Monday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi recommitted China to deliver one billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa. While he didn’t specify a timeline, he did link it to Africa’s effort to vaccinate 60% of its population by ...

A Visual Comparison of the Issues Address at the Two Sessions Foreign Minister Press Briefing

Africa, the Korean peninsula, and multilateralism are no longer prominent themes in the Foreign Minister's annual press briefing on the sidelines of the Two Sessions forum in Beijing.  The Chinese state-run media outlet CGTN produced a visualization of the topics addressed ...

How the War in Ukraine is Upending Chinese Foreign Policy Around the World

Had Xi Jinping known on February 4th when he last saw his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the Winter Olympics in Beijing that only a month later China's entire foreign policy strategy would be in turmoil, one imagines that he would have done more to stop the ...

DRC Opposition Leader Slams Sicomines Deal

While foreign mining companies are benefiting from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s minerals, its people get nothing. So says Adolphe Muzito (photo), the DRC’s former prime minister under Joseph Kabila from 2008 to 2012, and now an opposition politician. “The partnership between DRC and China … my ...

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 ...

South African Immigration Authorities Reportedly Block Chinese Travelers From Returning Home

Five Chinese nationals were reportedly detained at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg earlier this month as they tried to return home for allegedly having either expired or fake travel visas. Reports are circulating on Chinese-language WeChat communities in ...

One of China’s Most Famous Experts on African History Draws the Link Between Agency and Development

Africa won’t achieve development if it doesn’t also grasp full autonomy in the international system. This is the view of Li Anshan, one of China’s most prominent academic experts on African history. This subordination to outside powers echoes that of China ...

New Asia-Africa Chinese Undersea Cable Threatens Pax Americana: Report

China’s provision of undersea internet cables to Africa and the Middle East poses a security threat to the United States, according to a new report from the Middle East Institute (MEI), a  prominent Washington DC-based think tank. The report, ...

Data Analysis for Transparency and Accountability in China’s Overseas Economic Activity

The Global China Initiative (GCI) at the Boston University Global Development Policy (GDP) Center manages five open-source databases tracking Chinese overseas development finance and investments. Through these databases, GCI aims to provide transparent data to aid the public, including policymakers, journalists, academic researchers, civil society, and others, ...