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What Did Chinese Community Leaders in Africa Think of the Two Sessions Meeting in Beijing?

Since last Friday, Chinese news has carried wall-to-wall coverage of the Two Sessions "parliamentary pageant" in Beijing. Not surprisingly, it's been followed by Chinese expats across Africa. The Two Sessions meetings provide a rare glimpse into the ...

The Ukraine Crisis Raises Questions for the Global South About China’s Foreign Policy

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has unmasked serious contradictions in China’s foreign policy. In theory it would have triggered China’s staunch opposition to foreign interference in sovereign states. In reality, the non-intervention principle coexists awkwardly with Beijing’s aversion to Western-led blocs like ...

DRC Opposition Leader Slams Sicomines Deal

While foreign mining companies are benefiting from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s minerals, its people get nothing. So says Adolphe Muzito (photo), the DRC’s former prime minister under Joseph Kabila from 2008 to 2012, and now an opposition politician. “The partnership between DRC and China … my ...

Why African Policymakers Should Pay Attention to This Year’s Two Sessions Meetings in China

Thousands of members of China’s political elite are in Beijing for the Two Sessions (lianghui), an annual gathering that will set the government’s agenda for the next year. While the main focus of the two meetings will be domestic, they give a rare glimpse into the government's ...

Can Beijing Get Away With Hedging in Ukraine?

By Lukas Fiala Horrific images and stories of violence and destruction have reached us from Ukraine this week as Russia’s invasion is rapidly turning into a massive humanitarian crisis. While all eyes are rightfully on Ukrainians’ brave resistance, the human suffering ...

Why Did 25 African Countries Sidestep the UN’s Vote on Ukraine?

The United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to censure Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. The majority of African countries were part of the 141 states demanding an end to Russian aggression. Only one African country (Eritrea) joined Russia, Belarus, Syria and North ...

Did Vaccine Diplomacy Sway Africa’s Ukraine Vote?

Amid the global discussion about why 35 Global South countries avoided censuring Russia’s invasion of Ukraine at the United Nations, Michael Bociurkiw, a senior non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council, felt the need to tweet. He pointed out that some of the ...

Museveni’s “OK Boomer” View of World Politics

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni's office published a quote from the septuagenarian leader that revealed an outdated view of world affairs where major global powers have what he terms "centers of gravity." While it's not entirely clear what he meant by "USA for ...

Sino-European Competition for Influence in Africa

It's only been a few weeks since the Europe-Africa summit in Brussels, EU where officials unveiled a huge €150 billion development package for Africa that aimed to convey a two-part message: 1) We're ready to engage Africa and 2) we're not going to cede further ...

China’s Jumbled Positions on the Ukraine War Are Going to Complicate Its Diplomacy in Africa

China's newly appointed Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Xue Bing, formally began his new role last week just days before the Russian military began its assault on Ukraine. The timing couldn't have been worse for Xue who is already facing a steep learning ...
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