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Lights On: Prospects for Renewable Energy in Southern Africa Amid Pandemic and Debt Distress

By Cecilia Springer and Magalie Masamba A November 2020 report found the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region could achieve full energy access and 53% renewable energy (RE) installed capacity by 2040 with an investment of nearly $53 billion.

3 Ways to Harness a Legacy of Environmental Cooperation with China

By Cecilia Springer Despite recently increasing and legitimate grievances, environmental cooperation has been a key bedrock for successful collaboration between China and Western countries, starting with the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, Sweden.

Building a Shared Future for All Life Along the Belt and Road Initiative

By Rebecca Ray This Sunday, May 22, marks International Day for Biological Diversity, and this year the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has chosen a theme of “building a shared future for all life.” China’s role ...

New Guidelines Puts Green Development at the Heart of the BRI

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the most powerful state body overseeing economic planning, released a new set of guidelines on Monday that will shape the Belt and Road Initiative over the next decade. These guidelines put green development at ...

Outlier or New Normal? Trends from the 2022 China’s Global Energy Finance Database Update

By Cecilia Han Springer 2021 saw persistent economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, narrowing borrowing capacities in developing countries, and a global trend towards phasing out coal. These factors converged in a shocking finding from the 2022 release of the China Global Energy Finance (CGEF) Database, managed ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The G7’s New Infrastructure Initiative Could Strengthen China’s Global South Game: Experts

The G7’s new Partnership for Global Infrastructure Investment (PGII), a $600 billion plan to build infrastructure across the Global South and counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), could have the effect of improving how Chinese companies do business and could end up improving the BRI itself, according to development experts. 

Some acknowledged that the BRI has been controversial for its environmental and debt impacts. But they also pointed out ...

New Report Isn’t Optimistic About Chinese Development of Wind and Solar Power Projects in Africa… At Least For Now

Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke at length last week during his keynote address at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation conference in Dakar about the need to promote green energy development in Africa. The continent lags far behind the rest of the world in the use ...

Xi Wants to Reboot the Belt and Road Initiative to Become Greener and Less Financially Risky

Xi Jinping laid out what state media described as a "new vision" for the president's Belt and Road Initiative with a focus on more environmentally and economically sustainable projects. The President called for tighter control over BRI projects and for more ...

This Year’s FOCAC Should Focus on Development Projects That Are Both Economically and Environmentally Sustainable

Every day leading up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation conference on November 29th and 30th, CAP will feature perspectives from journalists, academics, activists, and business leaders about what they hope will emerge from the FOCAC event in Dakar. If you ...

After COP26: China, the Global South and the Messy Reality of Climate Politics

By Lukas Fiala and Hugo Jones, China Foresight LSE IDEAS The China-U.S. Joint Declaration on Enhancing Climate Action in the 2020s came as a surprise to most observers, breaking two weeks of geopolitical bickering at COP26. “In the area of climate ...

China, Africa and the Global Race to Source EV Battery Metals

Chinese automakers smashed another monthly record for production and sales of electric vehicles in October. Car companies produced just under 400,000 vehicles last month, up 133% from the same time last year and almost 10% from September, according to new data from the Chinese ...
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