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African Development Bank Head Calls for End to Resource-Backed Loans

Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank, urged leaders on the continent to end the practice of exchanging raw materials for development, a practice known as resources-for-loans that was pioneered on a truly massive scale by China.

Where Next for Argentina-China Relations?

By Javier Lewkowicz Argentina’s new president Milei has called for shake-ups to the country’s foreign policy, including less cosy ties with China. It won’t be so straightforward. Since taking power in December, the government ...

The Number of Chinese Workers in Africa is Now Less Than Half What it Was a Decade Ago

The population of Chinese workers in Africa now stands at 88,371, the lowest point since 2009 and less than half the amount of the peak in 2015, according to new data from the China-Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at Johns Hopkins University. ...

Copper, Pragmatism, and Going Green: A History of Chile-China Relations

By John Bartlett Chile was China’s first ally in South America, and the two have become important trade partners. Now, relations are moving into a new phase of green cooperation and investment. It has been ...

Philippines President Issues Gloomy Outlook Over Maritime Dispute With China: ‘Difficult to See a Way Forward’

Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. sounded a somber note on the burgeoning conflict with China over territorial disputes in the South China Sea, warning that it is "difficult to see a way forward." The president made the remarks during a state ...

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:

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Why Would Angola’s President Want to Go to China’s Shandong Province?

Angolan president João Lourenço will arrive in China on Thursday to begin a three-day state visit, which will include meetings with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and Premier Li Qiang. The Chinese Foreign Ministry, as per usual, did not provide many ...

U.S. Intelligence Report Details Mounting Anxieties Over China’s Increased Influence in the Global South

The U.S. intelligence community is becoming increasingly worried about Beijing's desire to challenge U.S. leadership around the world with the introduction of a new Chinese-led international governance architecture. The intelligence community (IC) detailed its concerns in the latest edition of an ...

Xiaomi Is Challenging Transsion’s Dominance in Africa’s Smartphone Market

Xiaomi is on a roll. The Chinese tech giant announced it will soon start delivering its long-awaited first electric vehicle (EV), a major new direction for a firm known for its smartphones and Steve Jobs-esque CEO.   In Africa, where ...