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Africa’s Muted Response to Wang Yi’s Tour

Despite the importance of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to Kenya, Eritrea and the Comoros this week, African media coverage of the tour remains surprisingly scant. In the week after his visit was announced, very little has come from these countries in terms of agenda-setting, and ...

Rare Praise For China From One of Beijing’s Most Outspoken Critics in Washington, D.C.

Peter Pham, the former Trump administration diplomat in Africa and one of China's most vocal critics in Washington, surprised even a few of his own followers on Tuesday when he posted rare praise for China's emphasis on in-person diplomacy in Africa. ...

Infographic Details Three Decades of Chinese Foreign Ministers’ New Year Tours to Africa

Wang Yi's current visit to Africa is the continuation of a 32-year tradition where the first overseas trip of the year by a Chinese Foreign Minister is always to Africa. This custom didn't historically attract much attention, but now it's become ...

Wang Yi’s Visit and Africa-China Alignment

It has become customary that the Chinese Foreign Minister’s first overseas trip of the new year is to Africa. Just as customary is the annual bout of chin-stroking and speculation among Africa-China watchers about the choice of destinations.  This year, the ...

Why This Photo May Indicate That China’s Mining Contracts Problem in the DR Congo Has Been Resolved

DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi's office published a photo of a Christmas Eve meeting with Sun Ruiwen, president of China Molybdenum (aka "China Moly.") The company controls the massive Tenke Fungurume cobalt and copper mine (TFM) in Lualaba province. Sun reportedly reassured President ...

Two Leading International Development Finance Heads Single Out China For the Ballooning Debt Crisis in the Global South

Two of the world's most prominent development finance leaders, Emmanuel Moulin (left), chair of the Paris Club, and World Bank President David Malpass (right), separately named China as one of the key factors in the worsening debt crisis among developing countries.

China’s Communist Youth League Asks “Who’s Better For Africa? China or the U.S.?” (Guess Who They Picked?)

The Central Committee of China's influential Communist Youth League (CYL) published a rather comical (unintentionally of course) comparison between U.S. and Chinese engagement in Africa that made the case as to why China, not surprisingly, is the more optimal partner for the continent.

DOUBLE EPISODE: Andy Mok Reflects on FOCAC Plus a Discussion About Bad China-Africa Journalism

With the end of the year fast approaching and time running out to get everything into the last remaining shows of the season, we're bringing you a special double episode this week. First, join us ...

Nigeria’s Controversial Transport Minister Will Likely Run For President Touting the Success of New Chinese-Built Railways

Nigeria's high-profile and rather controversial transportation minister Rotimi Amaechi is under mounting pressure from political allies to run for president in the upcoming election scheduled for 2023. And if he does run, there are indications he's going to put ...

The New U.S. Strategy for the Indo-Pacific Region Sounds a Lot Like Washington’s New Approach to Africa

Secretary of State Antony Blinken doesn't want developing countries to feel they have to choose between the U.S. and China. He also wants to discourage these countries from building costly low-quality infrastructure and vowed that Washington will now be more committed to their region. ...
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