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China-Africa Summit to Take Place September 3-8, According to Uganda Foreign Ministry

It appears Chinese ambassadors across Africa were given the go-ahead to notify their host governments that the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit will take place from September 3rd to the 8th. The Uganda Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a ...

Insights From Hannah Ryder on What to Expect at This Year’s China-Africa Summit

Chinese and African governments are beginning to negotiate the agenda for the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit that will take place in Beijing later this fall. Development finance, infrastructure, and green technology are ...

China-Africa Think Tank Forum Gives a Peek of Increasingly Shared Messaging

The run-up to the triennial Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) is traditionally a moment when new Africa-China rhetoric is road-tested. The regular China-Africa Think Tank Forum is one of those testing grounds, where researchers, many of whom directly advise governments, sit down to articulate the relationship anew. ...

Kenya, China Prep for Upcoming FOCAC Summit in Beijing

Senior Chinese and Kenyan officials held talks in Nairobi about what will be on the agenda at the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit scheduled to take place later this fall in Beijing. The two sides met on Friday ...

New IMF Report Takes the Pulse of Rapidly Changing China-Africa Economic Trends

Talks are underway between African and Chinese negotiators over the agenda for the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit that will take place later this year in Beijing. But this year's FOCAC is going to be very different than previous ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Letter From DC: Is Africa Holding Itself Back?

Whoo boy…We picked a doozy of a week to be in town. The overlapping reverberations from leadership fights within the Democratic Party, the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, and the announcement of JD Vance as his vice-presidential candidate are understandably focusing attention inwards.
That said, we’ve had fascinating conversations with very smart folks who focus on Africa, the wider Global South, and China’s role there. One theme ...

A Call for African & Latin American Countries to Share Notes on Dealings With China

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi confirmed this week the triennial Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) conference that will take place later this year in Beijing will, in fact, be a leaders summit. Before the FOCAC ...

Chinese Diplomacy in Sierra Leone and Nigeria With Tobi Oshodi

Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio is in the midst of a five-day visit to China that included talks with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Qiang, among other high-level officials. While Bio is getting a lot of face-time with China’s ...

Africa’s Digital Sovereignty in the Era of U.S.-China Great Power Competition

In the increasingly acrimonious competition between the U.S. and China over technology standards, it's often assumed that smaller countries in places ...

China’s Top Africa Diplomat Arrives in Nigeria Days After Blinken Visit

China's most senior diplomat for African affairs, Wu Peng, arrived in Abuja on Friday, just days after U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited the Nigerian capital. Wu is currently on a tour of the continent that also includes stops in 

2024 Will Set the Tone for the Next Phase of the Africa-China Relationship

As we settle into the new year, the Africa-China community is waiting for the announcement of the Chinese Foreign Minister's traditional first trip of the year, which is always to Africa. This year's visit will be pivotal because it will kick off the official race to the ...
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