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How China Became a Global E-Vehicle Leader

While Western automotive industries are trying to figure out how to decouple their supply chains from the Chinese battery sector, Chinese commentators don’t seem particularly panicked.  In fact, the e-vehicle industry is being touted as a national victory. This becomes clear ...

People’s Bank of China Exec Blames Debtor Countries for Transparency Issues

As controversy swirls over the role of Chinese lenders in successive Global South debt crises, China is still getting used to its new role as a global financier.  This was one of the takeaways from a revealing speech by Jin Zhongxia, ...

China is Happy About Lula’s Win in Brazil, Despite Criticism

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s return to power could rejuvenate the relationship between Brazil and China and help to speed up the reform of the global order. So says Zhou Zhiwei, a researcher at the Latin America Institute at the Chinese Academy of Social ...

Does China Want Africa to “Choose Sides”? Maybe a Little Bit

China often assures African countries that they won’t be made to ‘choose sides’ in a new cold war. However, a recent op-ed by a prominent Africa-focused think tanker makes clear that Beijing increasingly sees the continent as a stage for geopolitical competition.  ...

China and India’s Bumpy Road to An “Asian Century”

China and India must find ways of tolerating each other’s military rise to ensure the dawn of an “Asian Century.”  So argued Zhou Bo, a former official in China’s Ministry of Defense and currently a researcher at the Center for Strategic ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Jiang Zemin Created the Africa-China Relationship As We Know It Today

Reflections on the legacy of Jiang Zemin, China’s president from 1993 to 2003, who passed away on Wednesday, emphasized how he presided over a decade of explosive economic growth. Fewer have pointed out that he was also a key architect of China’s current relationship with Africa. 
After the Mao era, emblematized by Chinese involvement in African anti-colonial struggles, the relationship went dormant as China focused on building economic ties ...

Why China Should Not Confront the U.S. in the Middle East

The Middle East is often seen as a primary theater of competition between the U.S. and China, given the region's geostrategic importance for both superpowers. While the United States has grown weary of its entanglement in Mideast wars and undemocratic governments, that doesn't mean it is well-positioned ...

How is the New U.S. Strategy for Africa Seen in China?

Chinese scholars and policy analysts have been poring over the recently released U.S. Strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa to gauge its implications for China and its engagement on the continent. In contrast to the Trump administration's Prosper Africa initiative that openly framed ...

Chinese Phone-Makers Chafe Under Indian Pressure

The Indian government's apparent move to ban cheap Chinese-made smartphones is causing much unhappiness among Chinese companies that have worked hard to localize their presence there.  Some Chinese companies are now contemplating leaving the country, but complain that they feel trapped ...

China Refines Its Rebuttal to Persistent Debt Trap Accusations

No matter how often the Chinese debt trap narrative is refuted by leading scholars around the world, policymakers in the U.S. and Europe seem unable to resist using the trope to frame China's engagement in Africa and other developing regions.

Even Before Blinken Unveiled the New U.S. Strategy For Africa, China Didn’t Like It

Hours before Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the new U.S. strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa, China's nationalist tabloid newspaper began publishing stories that attacked the U.S. for "attempting to bring the continent back to the Cold War" and for "ruining Africa's development prospects."
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