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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. 

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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 ...

Xi’s Third Term Will Power Up Chinese Messaging in Africa

Xi Jinping’s third term will likely see the re-energizing and reshaping of China’s external relationships after its COVID lockdown. But how will China’s political engagement with Africa evolve?  In a new paper Paul Nantulya, a research associate at the ...

EU’s Answer to China’s BRI Takes Shape in Africa

The European Union unveiled a $776 million infrastructure financing package for Africa on Tuesday as part of its Global Gateway initiative that is aimed at challenging China's growing influence in developing regions. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen ...

China-Africa Trade Forum Opens in Zhejiang Province

400 participants from 47 different African countries are participating in this week's China-Africa trade and economic relations forum now underway in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang. The event highlights the increasingly prominent role that Chinese provinces are playing in the ...

Xi Champions Developing Country Causes in G20 Speech

Chinese President Xi Jinping used his opening day address at the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, to reassert Beijing's self-appointed role as the world's preeminent developing country. President Xi dedicated the bulk of his speech on Tuesday to a wide range of critical issues confronting countries in ...

Africa’s Dangerous Ignorance of China

Last week’s news was dominated by the publication, on Sunday, November 6, 2022, of part of the Kenyan SGR contract. It was far from the entire contract promised by the new Kenyan transport minister, but it was still a step towards transparency after years of ...

The China-Shaped Hole in Natural Gas Financing

The role of natural gas in African green transitions has become a flashpoint as Europe tries to maximize its own access to African natural gas while also discouraging African countries from factoring it into their own development plans. New research from Boston University’s Global ...

Chinese Communist Party Convenes African Diplomats

Senior officials from the Communist Party of China (CPC) convened a meeting of African diplomats in Beijing on Saturday, highlighting the role of the Party in Chinese diplomacy to Africa. Headed by Liu Jianchao Minister of the International Liaison Department of the CPC’s Central Committee, the meeting ...

Thousands of Young People Gather Across Africa to Speak With Astronauts Aboard the Chinese Space Station

Chinese embassies in Africa organized the first-ever #ChinaAfricaSpaceTalk on Tuesday that connected young people across the continent with three astronauts aboard the Chinese Space Station. The event, organized in conjunction with the African Union, was an undeniable public diplomacy ...

China’s Top Diplomat For Africa Leads Discussion on Infrastructure Development in Southern Africa

The African Union's representative office in Beijing co-hosted a roundtable discussion this week on Chinese infrastructure development in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).   China's top diplomat for Africa, Wu Peng (center top), delivered the keynote address for the virtual event, ...

Huawei’s Solar Pivot Widely Promoted in Africa

As the Chinese technology giant Huawei finds its traditional internet business increasingly contained due to pressure in the Global North, it's pivoting towards green energy in the Global South. Huawei recently blanketed the 
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