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Afrobarometer CEO Joseph Asunka on Public Perceptions of the U.S. & China in Africa

When U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken unveiled the White House's new strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa, he referenced Afrobarometer polling data to validate Washington's renewed emphasis on democracy promotion. The following day, in criticizing the new U.S. policy ...

China Responds to New U.S. Strategy for Africa

The Chinese government issued its first official response on Tuesday to the new U.S. Strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa unveiled by Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Pretoria on Monday. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin was asked by ...

China Refines Its Rebuttal to Persistent Debt Trap Accusations

No matter how often the Chinese debt trap narrative is refuted by leading scholars around the world, policymakers in the U.S. and Europe seem unable to resist using the trope to frame China's engagement in Africa and other developing regions.

Sri Lanka Relents to Indian Pressure and Requests China to Defer Military Ship’s Arrival

Sri Lanka said on Monday it had asked China to defer the planned visit of a Chinese ship to the island country after initially approving its arrival this week, yielding to diplomatic pressure from neighbor India to keep the military vessel out.

New Chinese Electric Vehicles Roll Off the Assembly Line in Indonesia

China's ambassador to Indonesia, Lu Kang, led a launch ceremony on Monday for the new Wuling Air EV that began to roll off a billion-dollar local assembly in the central industrial city of Cikarang. The new factory has a modest production capacity ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Xi Jinping’s Summit Tour Continues to APEC in Thailand

This week’s carnival of summitry continues with the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ministerial meeting in Bangkok. While many leaders – including China’s President Xi Jinping – are continuing straight to Thailand from the G20 summit in Bali earlier this week, U.S. President Joe Biden won’t be there. Vice President Kamala Harris will stand in for him. 
The group’s first in-person meeting in four years is expected to focus on overcoming trade disruptions and supply ...

[NEW PODCAST] Wall Street Journal reporters Josh Chin & Liza Lin discuss whether China's surveillance can be exported abroad