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As the COVID-19 Crisis Recedes at Home, China Promises New Support for African Countries

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang addressed Africa's struggle against COVID-19 at yesterday's regular press briefing in Beijing. Geng acknowledged that a number of African countries had provided China with money and supplies in recent weeks and promised that Beijing would provide additional support in return.

Why the Fight to Stop the Coronavirus From Spreading in Africa Begins in China

The following column was originally written as a nine-part Twitter thread on January 28, 2020. This is a full transcript with only minor edits for clarity. As a global development consultancy based in China that offers internships and jobs ...

In a Bid to Challenge China, Britain Will Reallocate $500 Million of its Aid Budget to Jump Start Private Sector Investment in Africa

African leaders from 20 countries are in London today where they will take part in the UK-Africa Investment Summit. The summit, hosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, aims to chart a new post-Brexit course for British foreign policy on the continent that has ...

China’s Rapidly Evolving Role in the International Peacekeeping and Development Arenas

China is the second-largest funder of UN Peacekeeping Operations (PKO), behind the United States, and the largest troop contributor to PKOs in Africa among the UN's permanent members of the Security Council. Last December, China's top diplomat for Africa, Yang Jiechi, said Beijing is now willing to ...

China’s Groundbreaking Use of “Non-State Actors” as Part of its Public Diplomacy Strategy in Africa

Typically, public diplomacy initiatives are carried out either by embassies in different countries or state-led media organizations (VOA, FRANCE 24, etc…). Rarely do governments entrust this kind of outreach to private organizations, or "non-state actors" (NSAs) as they're known in government-parlance.  ...

No One Should Be Surprised That a Major Chinese Aid Project is Being Built in an African Leader’s Hometown

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari led a groundbreaking ceremony earlier this week for a new $50 million transportation university in Daura, Katsina State. The primary objective of the new school will be to train Nigeria's railway engineers to operate a growing number of rail lines that the Chinese ...

After a “Cordial Meeting,” China-Zimbabwe Come to Terms Over Accounting Discrepancy

The Zimbabwean and Chinese governments have seemingly patched things up after a high-profile 48-hour spat over what appears to be an accounting error in the 2020 Zimbabwe budget. In the initial draft budget published last week, Zimbabwe finance minister Mthuli Ncube reported that China had only contributed ...

China Turns to Twitter to Negotiate Financial Assistance Dispute with Zimbabwe

Typically in a dispute like the one China's currently having with Zimbabwe over the exact amount of aid provided by the Chinese government would be handled behind closed doors between officials from the embassy and the finance ministry. Not this time. ...

China Accused Zimbabwe of Undercounting Its Financial Assistance… By a Lot!

A very public rift broke out on Tuesday between China and Zimbabwe over how much financial assistance Beijing provides to Harare.  It all began last Thursday when Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said in a budget statement that Zimbabwe had received a total ...

Tweet of the Day: Wake Forest University Professor Gives a Master Class on China-Africa Relations Using Just a Single Tweet

Wake Forest University Assistant Professor Lina Benabdallah is a leading China-Africa scholar and used just a single Tweet from China's ambassador in Zimbabwe to provide a thoughtful, cogent analysis of how the Chinese government approaches aid, agency and engagement with African stakeholders… all in less than 280 ...
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