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Who Will Come to the Rescue? The Inadequacies of the Global Financial Safety Net and Its Impact on Developing Countries

By Marina Zucker-Marques and William N. Kring In an era marked by ‘higher-for-longer’ interest rates and restricted access to international financial markets, access to emergency liquidity financing is essential for emerging markets and developing economies (EMDEs) to weather economic ...

Chinese ‘Illegal Mining Queen’ Jailed in Ghana

Aisha Huang -- a Chinese national with the notorious nickname "Galamsey Queen" -- is now sitting in a Ghanaian prison cell after she was sentenced this week by the High Court in Accra for running a massive illegal mining operation.

Inside the Chinese-Built Party School in Tanzania

When Tanzania’s Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Leadership School, which was built and financed by China was launched in 2022, it drew a lot of attention. It's an academy aimed at training officials from Southern Africa’s six ruling liberation movements, a group ...

How Are We to Understand China’s Ambitions to Reform Global Governance?

By Lukas Fiala 方朗克 After expanding the guest list of BRICS in August, Beijing has been busy articulating its vision for reforming global order. The publication of a position paper on global governance reform launched by the Ministry of Foreign ...

China Calls for Africa-Focused Reform of the UN Security Council

On Wednesday, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued an expansive statement titled “Proposal of the People's Republic of China on the Reform and Development of Global Governance.” According to FM spokesperson Mao Ning, the timing is aimed at informing discussions ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

New Kenyan Government Releases Controversial Chinese Loan Agreements For Standard Gauge Railway

Kenya's new Transport Minister Kipchumba Murkomen, rocked the political establishment in Nairobi over the weekend when he released the first details about the controversial multi-billion dollar loan from China to build the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).

Deportation Lapses Revealed in Ghana’s Illegal Mining Scandal

New revelations about how En (Aisha) Huang, Ghana’s so-called Queen of Galamsey (illegal small-scale gold mining), managed to make her way back to the country despite being deported are adding political heat to an already red-hot controversy. A ...

China and the Future of Environmental Governance in Ghana

Ghana's worsening economic crisis is prompting concerns it will further erode the country's already weak environmental governance system that Chinese actors have profited from in the mining, fishing, and timber sectors. Meantime, local communities across the country suffer amid declining fish ...

Liberia’s House of Reps Blocks Controversial Chinese Mining Deal

A fascinating political struggle is playing out in Liberia over a controversial 25-year iron ore deal with Chinese company BAO Chico. Last week, the Senate ratified the deal in what critics contend was effectively a rubber stamp decision after only minimal discussion and no expert ...

World Bank Chief David Malpass on Debt Transparency and the Challenges of Working With the Chinese

World Bank President David Malpass pushed back against the suggestion that China engages in predatory lending to developing countries and instead described the lack of transparency in working with China as a "challenge." Malpass made the comments during an interview on Sunday with CBS Face the Nation ...
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