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Europe and China: Tell Us You Distrust Each Other Without Actually Telling Us You Distrust Each Other

Not surprisingly, China isn't mentioned once in the program of official events for the ongoing "Africa-Europe Week" that kicked off on Monday and will culminate in the two-day leaders' summit in Brussels.  But just because China isn't on the ...

Like It Or Not, the EU’s New Infrastructure Push in Africa is Being Framed as a Challenge to China

European Union President Ursula von der Leyen seemingly went out of her way to avoid saying the C-word during her brief two-day trip to Africa last week that included stops in Morocco and Senegal. The C-word, of course, is China. Beijing's ...

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.

EU Chief Unveils First Global Gateway Projects in Africa

It's official! The European Union's answer to China's Belt and Road Initiative is now a reality.  European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen unveiled the first initiatives under the EU's new Global Gateway program during a two-day visit to Morocco and ...

With An Eye on China, EU Chief Says Europe is Africa’s “Most Reliable Partner”

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (photo) will arrive in Dakar on Wednesday for a quick trip before next week's Europe-Africa summit. One of the key highlights of her visit will be to unveil some of the first projects selected as part of the new Global Gateway ...

Europe Unveils Its €300 Billion Alternative to China’s Belt and Road

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen revealed the details of its highly anticipated Global Gateway infrastructure development initiative that aims to provide an alternative for developing countries to China's Belt and Road Initiative. In all, the EU aims to raise ...

FOCAC’s Powerful Optics Present a Challenge to China’s Rivals

FOCAC is for me what the Winter Olympics is for a curling fan – the one moment every few years when the world briefly shares one’s obsession. So it was interesting (and revealing) how relatively muted the coverage of the triennial meeting has been this time around. ...

Why Policymakers in the U.S. and Europe Should Feel Nervous After Xi’s FOCAC Speech

It's unlikely that many people in either Washington or Brussels paid that much attention to Chinese President Xi Jinping's keynote address on Monday at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation conference. Except for news agencies like Reuters and Bloomberg, no major U.S. newspaper, news site, or television network ...

Congolese Superstar Cédric Bakambu May Say Adios to the Chinese Super League Now That Barcelona is Calling

Congolese forward and Chinese Super League Cédrioc Bakambu may be on his way back to Spain in 2022 when his contract expires with Beijing Guoan in December. There are widespread reports that the CSL's top scorer last year is once again being considered for a ...

In Phone Call With Macron, Xi Pursues Trilateral Development Cooperation in Africa

Chinese President Xi Jinping urged his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in a phone call on Tuesday that the European Union should pursue greater autonomy (presumably from the U.S.) in its foreign policy. The two leaders also discussed the upcoming COP26 climate ...
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