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China Faces Twin Pressure From U.S., IMF Over Debt Crisis in Sri Lanka

The Chinese government is under mounting pressure from both the United States and the International Monetary Fund to do more to help resolve the worsening debt crisis in Sri Lanka. Colombo owes Beijing an estimated $6.5 billion, about 13% of the country's total public debt, ...

Chinese Netizens Aren’t Keen to Bail Out Sri Lanka

While international calls grow louder for China to restructure Sri Lanka's debt obligations, a very different conversation is going on in Chinese media and online communities.  Antara Ghosal Singh, an expert on Chinese domestic development and a fellow at the New ...

China Accuses U.S. of Trying to “Suppress” Its Influence in Africa

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian accused the United States of trying to suppress its influence in Africa in response to the latest criticism of Beijing by the U.S. military's top commander for Africa, General Stephen Townsend.  ...

Why This New Chinese Cement Factory in Tanzania is So Important

Chinese cement major Huaxin broke ground this week on a new factory in Tanzania that is likely being seen as an important milestone for Chinese construction engagement in Africa. African stakeholders have long been frustrated that Chinese contractors import a lot ...

China’s AU Ambassador Conducts Site Inspection of New Africa CDC HQ Construction

China's ambassador to the African Union, Hu Changchun, led a site inspection this week of the Chinese-financed construction of the new headquarters of the African Center for Disease Control headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. While the project is being ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Letter From DC: Is Africa Holding Itself Back?

Whoo boy…We picked a doozy of a week to be in town. The overlapping reverberations from leadership fights within the Democratic Party, the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, and the announcement of JD Vance as his vice-presidential candidate are understandably focusing attention inwards.
That said, we’ve had fascinating conversations with very smart folks who focus on Africa, the wider Global South, and China’s role there. One theme ...

The Many Questions Raised by Sri Lanka’s Debt Crisis

Sri Lanka’s ongoing debt nightmare is back in the headlines, with both the U.S. government and the International Monetary Fund calling for greater Chinese engagement. The controversy raises a few questions. First and most urgently, there are questions about the thinking ...