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China to Increase Support for Peacekeeping Operations According to New White Paper

China will speak today at the United Nations General Assembly meeting, which is taking place online this year. Peacekeeping will likely be a key topic of discussion for the Chinese given the increasingly prominent role Beijing plays in UN operations around the world, particularly in ...

China Responds to Criticism That Peacekeeping Ops Serve Its National Interests in Africa

The Chinese government appears to be aware of the criticism that its contributions to international peacekeeping efforts are a cover to promote its own national security agenda in places like Africa, where it has sizable economic and geopolitical interests. In what ...

U.S. Link of Kenya Free Trade Deal to Support for Israel Sparks Criticism

A reported requirement by the United States that Kenya support Israel's commercial and political interests or else risk jeopardizing its possible free trade agreement with the U.S., is not sitting well with some commentators in Africa, who see a double standard. ...

One of America’s Most Prominent Economists Has a Sober Warning for U.S. Policymakers: Don’t Disengage From Africa

One of America's most prominent economists, Laurence H. Summers, issued a warning to U.S. policymakers to remain engaged in Africa or else risk ceding influence to China in what he says would be an "error of historic proportions." Summers, a former Treasury Secretary and president emeritus of ...

Nigeria’s House Speaker Rallies Other Legislative Leaders Across Africa in New Appeal for Debt Relief

Nigeria's outspoken Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, is mobilizing his legislative counterparts in half a dozen other African countries, including Kenya, South Africa, and Ethiopia, to speak out on the need for immediate debt relief and even outright debt cancellation.

While China’s International Relations Cool Elsewhere, They’re Warming Up in Africa

Perceptions of China around the world are growing increasingly negative. Not surprisingly, public opinion in the U.S. has plummeted and although Europe seems more divided on the issue, it's safe to say that the likes of Macron, Johnson, and Merkel are hesitant at best about deepening their ...

Episode #500! Reflections on Ten Years of Covering China-Africa Relations

On this special 500th episode of the China in Africa Podcast, Eric & Cobus join Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn on the popular Sinica podcast to reflect on the past ten years of China-Africa relations. ...

Nigeria’s President Buhari Responds to Debt Critics: “We Just Have to Take Loans to do Rail, Roads and Power”

President Muhammadu Buhari finally weighed on the debate currently raging in Nigeria over the government's decision to borrow billions of dollars, including from China, to build badly-needed infrastructure. “We have so many challenges with infrastructure. We just have to take loans ...

CCP “Training Class” With Congo’s Ruling Party Highlights Deepening Chinese Party-to-Party Engagement in Africa

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is steadily making inroads with Africa's ruling parties by convening seminars like the one held earlier this month with the Republic of Congo's incumbent Party of Labor. In this virtual session, or a "training class" according to the CCP, some ...

The Long Journey to EurAfrica

Recently I've been trying to give my brain a break from marinading in China-Africa issues by reading the biologist Merlin Sheldrake's mind-bending new book Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures. He points out that scientists in ...
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