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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.

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 ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...

“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, 

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. ...

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. ...