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More Chinese Flood Aid to Pakistan

China will provide additional humanitarian aid, including 25,000 tents, to flood-devastated Pakistan, China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said Monday. The Red Cross Society of China will also provide $300,000 in emergency cash assistance to the Pakistan Red Crescent Society, Zhao said.  ...

China Cancels Nearly Two Dozen Interest-Free Loans to 17 African Countries

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi unveiled a minor debt relief package for 17 African countries, writing off 23 interest-free loans that came due at the end of the last year. Wang made the announcement on Thursday at a meeting ...

UK Reshapes Foreign Aid Strategy to Confront China 

The United Kingdom has announced major shifts in its foreign aid strategy. These changes put the UK in closer alignment with the United States, and redirect aid spending toward geopolitical goals, particularly containing China’s rise. UK foreign aid has been cut by ...

Rare $20 Million Chinese Aid Grant to Uganda

The Chinese embassy in Kampala announced that Beijing will provide Uganda with a $20 million aid grant intended to support social development initiatives. While this sum doesn't stand out compared to Western aid allocations, it is notable because these ...

How Effective is China’s Foreign Aid? The IMF Takes a Look

While China's financing to the Global South has reshaped international development, many misconceptions exist about the nature of this funding.  While China is a major funder of infrastructure, experts on international development have pointed out that it is not ...

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 ...

European MP: We’ve Just Been “Doing the Donor Thing” in Africa and Now “Have to be Smart Like the Chinese”

Although China will likely not be on the official agenda at the upcoming European Union-Africa summit that will take place on Thursday and Friday in Brussels, China's role on the continent and how Europe can/should compete with Beijing will be on everyone's minds.

Report: China to Provide Enough Vaccines For All Unvaccinated Soldiers in the South African Military

The Chinese government is purportedly donating 300,000 doses of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to cover any remaining members of the force who aren't fully vaccinated. But the use of Sinovac vaccines in South Africa ...

China’s Latest Donation to Tanzania Highlights an Important Diplomatic Trend in Africa

China's ambassador to Tanzania, Chen Mingjian, participated in a signing ceremony on Monday with Foreign Minister Joseph Sokoine to mark the donation of 2 million RMB or $314,000 to the Tanzanian foreign ministry. The donation itself is unremarkable and, ...

A Week After FOCAC, Experts Weigh in with More Nuance

While much of the news coverage in the immediate aftermath of this year's FOCAC focused on the premature calculation that China had reduced its financial pledge by a third, now, a week later, more nuanced analysis from some of the world's leading specialists in the field is ...

FOCAC 2018 vs. 2021

Researchers and analysts are beginning to work their way through the 40-page Dakar Action Plan that provides more detail on the outcomes of last week's FOCAC. If past FOCAC events are any guide, it's likely that it will take at least two to three weeks to fully ...
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