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Senior U.S. Diplomat Explains What Makes the U.S. So Uneasy About China’s Presence in Africa

While there have been countless seminars on China-Africa relations in Washington featuring scholars, think tank analysts, and journalists, it's quite rare that these discussions feature high-ranking State Department officials. The higher up in the ranks, the more they prefer to keep discussions out of the public eye. ...

India-Africa Relations and the China Angle

India is becoming increasingly alarmed about China’s growing international influence, as frosty relations with Beijing persist despite recent Chinese overtures. This is especially true for Africa. India has long considered large swathes of the continent as a traditional sphere of influence.

Exploring China’s Increasingly Prominent Role in Africa’s Media Sector

China is now a major player in the African media market, particularly in anglophone countries across the continent where its government-produced digital, broadcast, and print services are all widely available. The Chinese have invested heavily in building a formidable media ecosystem ...

A Flurry of China-Africa Webinars at Institutions Across the U.S.

Interest in China-Africa relations among scholars and institutions in the U.S. appears to be on the rise in 2022, at least as measured by the number of webinars on the topic over the past couple of weeks: THE HOOVER INSTITUTION ...

African Analysts and Scholars React to FOCAC 8 Outcomes

The Atlantic Council, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, convened an online roundtable on Tuesday of senior-level analysts from across Africa to discuss the outcomes of this week's FOCAC conference in Senegal with a particular focus on the economic impact. ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Climate Sweet, Climate Bitter

Last week it was Pakistan, this week South Florida. The climate collapse is like a monstrous four-dimensional version of whack-a-mole. You never know where – or how – it will hit. But the hits keep coming.

With the damaged Nord Stream pipeline (and the Global North’s unmitigated hydrocarbon dependence it represents) bubbling away in the Baltic Sea, U.S. climate czar John Kerry’s high-handed comments to the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment earlier this month ...

Scholars, Diplomats in South Africa Discuss the Future of Africa-China Ties

The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) together with the Chinese embassy in Pretoria hosted an online forum last week that featured discussions among Chinese diplomats, including Ambassador Chen Xiaodong, and scholars from both China and Africa to discuss the future of ties between the two ...

Can BRI and B3W Co-Exist in Africa?

The Group of 7 countries recently announced a rival to China's Belt and Road Initiative. Their new Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative has prompted widespread discussion of the implications for developing regions that are desperate for new sources of capital to build infrastructure. ...

Webinar: China’s Becoming Increasingly Sophisticated In Its Use of Media to Drive Its Narrative

The Berlin-based think tank Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) recently hosted a webinar that focused on how Chinese government actors are becoming increasingly effective in their use of media to drive their agendas in both Europe and Africa. The ...

French-Chinese Business Cooperation in Africa

Last month the China-Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at Johns Hopkins University hosted a French-language webinar that explored Franco-Chinese business cooperation in Africa. The discussion was conducted in French but now CARI has released an English-language summary of the key highlights from the three ...

China and the G20’s New “Common Framework” For Debt Relief

One of the highlights from the latest G20 summit was the group's endorsement of a so-called "common framework" that would create a set of standards for countries not eligible for the Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI). Officials at the U.S. Treasury who championed the idea said the ...
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