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Sri Lanka’s Debt Nightmare Kicks Off Familiar Narratives Abroad 

"We have lost the ability to repay foreign debt." This was the message from Sri Lanka’s newly appointed Central Bank Governor Nandalal Weerasinghe to journalists on Tuesday. The announcement could signal a wave of defaults across the Global South and makes Sri Lanka the newest front in a war ...

China ‘Coming on Board’ Zambian Debt Talks: Treasury

Felix Nkulukusa, Zambia’s treasury secretary, confirmed discussions are now underway within the Chinese government about restructuring Zambian debt, as the African country grapples with the aftermath of its November 2020 default. This follows comments last week by Vicky Ford, the UK Minister for Africa, that ...

India-Africa Relations and the China Angle

India is becoming increasingly alarmed about China’s growing international influence, as frosty relations with Beijing persist despite recent Chinese overtures. This is especially true for Africa. India has long considered large swathes of the continent as a traditional sphere of influence. The Institute of Chinese ...

COVID Vaccine Distributions in Africa Were Once a Contested Issue Between the U.S. and China… But Not Anymore

As U.S. donations of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa surge, China’s supply to the continent is slumping. Analysis from the Beijing-based consultancy Bridge shows that over the last three months, China’s global provision of vaccines has been hovering close to zero. This is despite a ...

Equatorial Guinea Media Donation Highlights a Key Chinese Soft Power Strategy

China is making diplomatic inroads in Equatorial Guinea via an old tactic: donating broadcasting equipment. This comes as the West African country faces a lot of U.S. pressure due to fears that it might host China’s first Atlantic military base. Qi Mei, ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Overwhelming 2024-Ness of It All

In so many ways, 2024 feels like an inflection point — one of those years that carries within it a future yet unformed.
The U.S. election is of course the most prominent of these trends. If Donald Trump becomes the Rublican nominee, as expected, it will kick off a series of domino effects that could reshape the United States’ relationship with itself, and with it, the whole world.

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Kenyan Presidential Hopeful Wants a “Green” Future with China

George Wajackoya, an outlier in Kenya's upcoming presidential race, is doubling down on his suggestion to pay off his country's towering infrastructure debt to China with marijuana.  He urged Kenya to revolutionize its economic outlook by legalizing the cultivation of the plant: "Discovery of oil in ...

China, Africa, and a New Alternative International Order

There's an emerging consensus among many leading international relations scholars that Russia's invasion of Ukraine marked the official end of the post-Cold War era and the beginning of, well... actually... no one's actually sure what's coming next but whatever it is ...