Follow CGSP on Social Media

Listen to the CGSP Podcast

China Willing to Compromise in Debt Stand-off With World Bank and Other International Creditors, Say Reports

Chinese negotiators are reportedly making progress in talks with other major international creditors to break the ongoing impasse that's blocking debt relief for a number of poor developing countries, particularly in Africa. Both the Wall Street Journal and Reuters quoted unnamed sources on ...

Lots of Talk, Little Action: Zambia’s Debt Relief Process Remains Stalled Says Finance Minister

Zambia's Finance Minister Situmbeko Musokotwane said it's urgent that the country's international creditors finalize a debt restructuring deal at once, or else a $188 million IMF emergency financial package could be at risk. Musokotwane expressed frustration in an interview with ...

Kenya Now in the Grip of Worsening Debt Crisis, President Rules Out Default

Kenya's public employees are threatening to go on strike unless the government pays their overdue salaries. Civil servants did not get paid last month due to a financial crisis brought on by the country's ballooning debt that's now fast closing in on ...

Pirates Seize Chinese-run Oil Tanker in the Gulf of Guinea

Pirates took command of a Chinese-operated oil tanker this week 300 kilometers off the coast of Ivory Coast in the Gulf of Guinea, according to a London-based risk management company. Details about how many crew are being held captive and how ...

Chinese Analysts Warn New U.S., Philippines Security Plan Will Escalate Tensions in the Pacific

The United States and the Philippines agreed to a new long-term plan that will pave the way for a major increase in U.S. security assistance to the Southeast Asian country over the next five to ten years. The deal was ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Joint Battlefield Training to Raise Pressure in South China Sea

The U.S. military will reportedly introduce joint combat training with the Philippines in June. Major General Marcus Evans, commander of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, told the Associated Press that the training would increase the Philippine army’s ability to fight in challenging jungle conditions.
The training will run from June 1 to 10. At Manila’s request, the training will be held in Philippine territory for the first time. It will involve about 2,000 people ...

Advice for African Leaders on How to Manage Newfound Lithium Wealth in the Era of Great Power Competition

Lithium production in Africa is expected to jump fourfold in the next ten years as demand surges for the metal needed to build batteries for electric vehicles. While that may produce another resource boom in some countries, it also presents unique challenges, ...