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Why the Debt Trap Narrative Won’t Die Soon (or Ever)

Recent reports of the debt trap’s death might have been exaggerated. Like a vampire that just won’t die, we keep burying it, but it keeps rising from the coffin. This week we saw reports that Kenyan politicians had to clarify again that the Mombasa port itself ...

Why Would Burundi Endorse China’s Controversial New Election Law in Hong Kong?

The small landlocked East African country of Burundi reportedly felt so strongly about China's controversial new election law for Hong Kong that it published an enthusiastic endorsement of the legislation and praised Beijing's "wisdom to ensure the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong ...

China’s “Global Public Good” Vaccine Pledge Misses the Mark

No one was really sure what to expect from President Xi Jinping's pledge last May to make Chinese COVID-19 vaccines a "global public good." In typical Chinese fashion, there was no explanation of what he meant, instead, Chinese officials for months just kept repeating  "

The Reality of Educational Soft Power

Last week was a bloody one in Johannesburg. Wits University, where I used to teach and where I’m currently an affiliate, has seen weeks of student protests. On Wednesday, a standoff turned violent. As the police opened fire with rubber bullets, a bystander stepped out of a ...

Will Chinese-Made COVID-19 Vaccines Find Acceptance in Nigeria?

It is widely accepted that vaccination is one of the most important achievements in public health. Yet, in the face of this ‘consensus’, vaccines are constantly challenged by individuals and groups on religious, and even political grounds. The determinants around vaccine ...

The Transsion Phenomenon in Africa

Too often, the discussion about Chinese tech in the Global South, particularly in places like Africa, focuses primarily on just two companies Huawei and ZTE. It's not surprising given that in recent years both have been the focus of so much attention in Australia, the U.S., and ...

The View of China-Africa Relations from Washington

We’re thrilled to feature our conversation with Tibor Nagy, the former Assistant Secretary of State for Africa for the Trump administration on the latest episode of the China in Africa Podcast. It was a real honor to speak with someone who had been so instrumental ...

China, Africa and the Internet, Again

The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa recently discussed African elections and, not surprisingly, the conversation became about China.  The lawmakers latched on to a narrative that the Chinese Communist Party is actively trying to ...

It’s Been One-Year Since the First COVID Case in Africa: China’s Contribution & COVID Year in Review

On February 14th, 2020, Africa’s first COVID-19 case was reported in Egypt. Since then, there has been widespread speculation about why Africa has not experienced a mass COVID-19 outbreak. At Development Reimagined, our analysis reveals there is no single ‘Africa story’, and that decisive African leadership across ...

Washington’s Schizophrenic China-Africa Debate

There are two totally different conversations going on in Washington, D.C. these days about how to frame China's engagement in Africa. Down at the State Department and even at the Pentagon, there's a concerted effort underway to evolve U.S. policy away from the confrontational approach of the ...
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