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Nosmot Gbadamosi on US-China Competition in Africa, Debt and “Preventative Infrastructure”

Ghanaian Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia commissioned a new road this week built by the Chinese conglomerate Sinohydro and paid for as part of a $2 billion bauxite barter deal with the company. The timing of this new road opening, though, is ...

The China-Mediterranean Observer: How China looks at the Med

The most interesting articles published in Chinese media in August revolve around the future of the Iranian nuclear deal and, more broadly, Iran’s role in the Middle East. Chinese experts also commented on the end of France’s Operation Barkhane in Mali, as well as the rising great ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Climate Sweet, Climate Bitter

Last week it was Pakistan, this week South Florida. The climate collapse is like a monstrous four-dimensional version of whack-a-mole. You never know where – or how – it will hit. But the hits keep coming.

With the damaged Nord Stream pipeline (and the Global North’s unmitigated hydrocarbon dependence it represents) bubbling away in the Baltic Sea, U.S. climate czar John Kerry’s high-handed comments to the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment earlier this month ...

Two-Day China-Zambia Investment Forum Gets Underway in Lusaka

Zambian President Haikinde Hichilema, alongside Chinese ambassador Du Xiaohui opened a two-day investment forum on Wednesday in the capital Lusaka that aims to bring together businesses from both countries and generate more FDI. In all, 300 companies are participating in the ...

Ghana, IMF Differ Over Whether Chinese Bauxite Deal Should be Counted as Part of the Country’s National Debt

Ghana is moving to restructure its ballooning debt as part of an IMF rescue plan that's now under discussion between the two sides. As part of the process, Accra is reaching out to both local and international investors ...

As China Nitpicks Terms, Asia’s Debt Bomb is Ticking…

As technocrats in Sri Lanka and Laos grapple with renegotiating loans to a variety of creditors, including China, the region's creeping debt distress is slowly tipping into a full-blown humanitarian disaster.  The situation is the most critical in Sri Lanka, where ...

Debt Trap or Naivety Trap? China’s Road to Global South Debt Distress

Is China's part in Global South debt the result of 'debt trap' machinations, or over-confidence on Beijing's part? The prominent China-focused economist Michael Pettis recently unpacked this issue in a Twitter thread:  I've long argued that what others ...

China-Pakistan Talks on Post-Flood Recovery Start Amid U.S.-China Sniping

China’s Foreign Ministry clapped back at U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s call to Pakistan “to engage China on some of the important issues of debt relief and restructuring so that Pakistan can more quickly recover from the floods.” ...

Free Trade Agreements, China and the Art of Small State Diplomacy

By Jorge Heine The story goes that during the negotiation of the China-Chile free trade agreement (FTA) in 2005, Chile was keen to include wine, one of its leading export products, in the list of duty-free items, but China was reluctant ...

Apple’s Use of India to Limit its Exposure to China Is Part of a Broader Trend 

The relocation of a portion of Apple’s iPhone 14 manufacturing from China to India is reportedly going surprisingly smoothly, getting underway weeks ahead of schedule. The move is an example of a wider manufacturing strategy by global brands. Apple ...

New Chinese-built Vaccine Cold Storage Facility Completed in Egypt on Same Day as Cairo Receives 60 Million Sinovac Jabs

Egypt's ambition to become an African vaccine manufacturing and distribution hub is now closer to becoming a reality following Saturday's completion of a new Chinese-built cold storage facility. The new complex, located in 6 October City on the outskirts of Cairo, was built by ...

African Leaders, China Made It Clear This Week They’re Unhappy With the Current International System

African leaders one after another took the podium at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) this week to express their deep frustrations with the international system and how unfairly it treats developing countries. "It is time for a fairer, more inclusive global ...

China’s No New Coal Power Overseas Pledge, One Year On

By Han Chen and Wei Shen On 21 September 2021, China’s president, Xi Jinping, told the UN General Assembly via video link that China would increase support for green and low-carbon energy in developing countries, and not build any new coal-fired ...
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