Follow CGSP on Social Media

Listen to the CGSP Podcast

Biden’s Sanctions on Chinese EVs Highlights Stark Divide Between U.S. and Global South

While the U.S. government moved aggressively on Tuesday to install massive new barriers intended to prevent Chinese electric vehicles from entering its market, Mexico, coincidentally on the same day, went entirely in the opposite direction — welcoming the launch of EV giant BYD's first-ever mid-size hybrid pick-up ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Japan-Kenya Loan Deal Shifts Chinese Influence

Japan will reportedly provide about $107 million in bilateral loans to Kenya for port, water, and electricity infrastructure, to be implemented from next week. The deal signals a stronger role for Japan as an external partner to the continent amid G7 anxieties about China’s influence.
The loans will be used to upgrade key infrastructure in Kenya:

Get a daily email packed with the latest
China-Africa news and analysis.
Read ...

Wang Yi Kicks Off Africa Tour in Egypt, Red Sea Security Tops Agenda

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Cairo, the first stop in a week-long, four-nation Africa tour. Wang held separate talks with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi along with his counterpart Sameh Shoukry where the war in Gaza and the escalating tensions in ...

China Blames U.S., UK Attacks on Yemen for Worsening Red Sea Crisis

China's ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, accused the United States and Britain of inflicting unnecessary casualties and infrastructure damage in their recent strikes against Houthi targets in Yemen. Zhang spoke out at an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting ...

Ethiopian Coast Deal Reunite China and Somalia

China expressed support for the government of Somalia amid a controversy about a deal between Ethiopia and Somaliland, which Mogadishu views as a breakaway province. In early January, the governments of Ethiopia and Somaliland announced they signed a memorandum of understanding that ...

China Hits Back at Germany’s South China Sea Criticisms

China is lashing back at what it sees as Germany’s meddling in Beijing’s regional conflicts in the South China Sea. The German foreign minister, Annalena Baerbock, visited Manila last week and criticized what she called China’s aggression against Philippine forces in maritime ...

Indonesian and Vietnamese Leaders Discuss South China Sea

Indonesian President Joko Widodo met with Vietnamese President Vo Van Thuong in Hanoi on Friday as part of Widodo’s tour of the region, which also included visits to the Philippines and Brunei. Maritime security and a possible code of conduct for ...

U.S. Promotes Cross-Honduras Rail Project Previously Shopped to China

A $20 billion rail project that would connect Honduras' Pacific and Caribbean coasts is drawing interest from the United States. Scott Hansen, an economic counselor at the U.S. embassy in Tegucigalpa, reportedly presented the project to possible investors last week. The project ...

France’s Trade Minister Dismisses Chinese Competition in Africa

Olivier Becht, France’s Minister of Foreign Trade pushed back against claims that France is being “chased out” of Africa. In an interview with Africa Report conducted late last year, Becht said the presence of French companies is actually increasing in Africa.

Lack of Political Will in Ghana Fuels Illegal Rosewood Logging, Smuggling to China

Such is the desire for rosewood that it’s the world’s most trafficked wild product —more than ivory, rhino horn, and pangolin scales combined.