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Leading Foreign Policy Analysts Warn This Week’s Summit Marks a Critical Turning Point in Asian Geopolitics

Thursday's landmark summit triggered a lot of discussion among prominent foreign policy analysts in the U.S., Asia, and Europe about the importance of this gathering and why the timing is so critical: A DEEPER GEOPOLITICAL DIVIDE: The net effect ...

Views From Manila on China-Philippines Confrontations in South China Sea

The recent confrontations between Chinese and Filipino vessels in the South China Sea are prompting significant commentary in the Philippines media, where it appears that public opinion toward China is hardening. Commentators have taken a distinct tough line on the relationship, accepting that it’s going to be ...

The Old Belt & Road is Over, New Era Begins, Says Top China Analyst Richard McGregor

With the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing now wrapped up, some of the world's top China analysts are beginning to reflect on the key themes that emerged at this year's event and what it says about the future of Belt and Road.

Preview of New U.S.-China Popularity Polling in Africa

The influential African polling outfit Afrobarometer has released a glimpse of new polling results among African populations of their perceptions of external powers. Afrobarometer surveys have noted consistently high (and similar) approval rates of both China and the United States in Africa. However, now that popularity seems ...

A Call for the African Union to Break the Global South Debt Impasse

Gyude Moore, a senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development, is among a small group of Washington, D.C.-based analysts trying to devise practical solutions for how developing countries can unblock the current impasse preventing debt-distressed countries from restructuring their loans.

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 ...

China Was a Key Theme at High Profile Africa Conference in Washington

China may not be a prominent topic of discussion at this week's U.S.-Africa summit but it was on Monday at a high-profile conference that featured a number of senior U.S. and Chinese officials. The event was organized by the seven-week-old media ...

“China-Africa Relations Are the Bedrock of China’s Foreign Policy,” Says Beijing Envoy

China's ambassador to the United States, Qin Gang, was among the keynote speakers at Monday's Semafor Africa Summit in Washington, D.C.  Although Qin has never been posted to Africa and doesn't have any firsthand experience with the issues, according to his official ...

U.S. Playing “Catch Up” to China in Africa, Says Senior Commerce Department Official

U.S. Deputy Commerce Secretary Don Graves said the quiet part out loud on Monday at the Semafor Africa Summit in Washington, D.C., when he acknowledged that American stakeholders had fallen far behind China in terms of economic engagement in Africa. Graves, ...

What the U.S. Doesn’t Seem to Understand About Africa’s Ties With China

The following is a transcript of a seven-part Twitter thread written by World Politics Review Associate Editor Chris Olaoluwa Ògúnmọ́dẹdé on what he believes the U.S. doesn't understand about why African governments choose to engage with China. ...