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Chinese Scholars Map the Future of Africa-China Relations

How are Africa-China relations changing in response to crises like Ukraine? Few are more preoccupied with this issue than China’s Africa scholars. The Africa Research Group of the Eurasia Systems Science Society, which includes some of the most prominent Africa scholars in China, recently hosted a conference ...

China, Kazakhstan Worry About “Spillover” From the War In Ukraine to Countries in Central Asia

Concerns that the ongoing war in eastern Ukraine will spread to Central Asia was a key topic of conversation on Tuesday during talks between Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Wang also issued a ...

USAID Head’s House Testimony A Glimpse of U.S.-China Polarization

The United States’ development agenda in the Global South is increasingly dominated by the determination to contain China’s global influence. This became clear during budget testimony on Wednesday by Samantha Power, the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) at the House Foreign ...

Tanzanian Presidential Visit to Washington Raises Questions about Africa Focus

Press coverage of Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s meeting with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris in Washington DC on Friday revealed how geopolitics are reshaping U.S.-Africa relations. While Tanzanian coverage of the meeting focused on investment ...

Will the Ukraine Conflict Lead to a Russia-China-Africa Bloc?

The global blockade of Russia due to its invasion of Ukraine could unite it with China and Africa in a ‘non-democratic bloc’ that could encircle Europe. This was the conclusion of a new report by the French corporate and investment bank Natixis, which has drawn derision online. ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The G7’s New Infrastructure Initiative Could Strengthen China’s Global South Game: Experts

The G7’s new Partnership for Global Infrastructure Investment (PGII), a $600 billion plan to build infrastructure across the Global South and counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), could have the effect of improving how Chinese companies do business and could end up improving the BRI itself, according to development experts. 

Some acknowledged that the BRI has been controversial for its environmental and debt impacts. But they also pointed out ...

How Will Ukraine Affect China’s Global Role? Arab Columnists Weigh In

The conflict in Ukraine is causing a flurry of analysis in the Arabic-language media, and a lot of this writing also focuses on how the conflict is affecting China’s global role. One of the dominant themes is that the Ukraine crisis ...