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African Finance and Development Ministers Meet With Private Creditors to Try and Reach a Debt Suspension Deal

At least a dozen African finance ministers, along with several development ministers, spoke via video conference with more than 100 private creditors on Monday as part of an effort to reach a consensus over suspending some or all of the repayments to bondholders and other investors.

South Africa’s President Doesn’t Just Want a 9-Month Debt Reprieve. He’s Now Calling For a Two-Year “Standstill”

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa called on G20 countries and other international creditors to extend a proposed debt repayment moratorium from nine-months to two years. The president issued the appeal on Friday during a virtual summit of African leaders that he convened in his capacity as chairperson ...

From Race to Debt to COVID-19: A Conversation with Ambassador Kuang Weilin on Current Issues in China-Africa Relations

For much of the past two decades, China’s engagement in Africa has been steady, rather predictable and largely uneventful. That is, until this year. The China-Africa relationship is facing an unprecedented mix of challenges today ...

China Moves Quickly to Reassure Anxious African Governments that the Crisis in Guangzhou has been Resolved

For the second time in less than a week, Chinese ambassadors in Africa fanned out to foreign ministries across the continent, this time as part of Beijing's effort to reassure foreign ministers in various countries that the situation in Guangzhou has now been resolved and also to ...

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Moves to Calm Tensions With African Diplomats Over the Recent Crisis in Guangzhou

Diplomatic tensions between China and a number of African governments and institutions appear to have considerably following the crisis over the weekend in Guangzhou where African migrants and residents were forcibly removed from their homes and hotels. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang ...

WHO Fight With the U.S. Highlights Why Africa is So Important to China

African leaders are rallying to the defense of World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus following Tuesday's broadside attack from U.S. President Donald Trump against the health body for failing to move fast enough to contain the COVID-19 outbreak when it first emerged in China ...

China Launches Massive Global COVID-19 Aid Campaign in Africa

Over the past several days China has rapidly escalated relief efforts in Africa and elsewhere around the world to help governments to contain the spread of COVID-19. Chinese state-run media outlets, official social media accounts and third-party media partners across Africa (see below) are flooded with stories ...

Three Africa-Themed Podcasts You Really Should Listen to This Weekend

Over the past week, three excellent podcasts have been published that focus on China, Africa, and China-Africa related issues that are definitely worth listening to and even subscribing for future episodes. PODCAST #1: China’s Increasing Engagement with Africa: A ...

African Citizens in Wuhan and the Evacuation Conundrum

The increasingly desperate pleas from African students to be evacuated from the epicenter of the Novel Coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China raises broader, thornier questions about how Africa should deal with its colonial past. A past that still casts a long shadow over much of the continent. ...

African Health Ministers Convene Emergency AU Meeting to Coordinate Responses to COVID-19

The African Union convened an emergency meeting on Saturday to discuss a coordinated continental response to the burgeoning COVID-19 crisis. Dozens of health ministers from across Africa were joined by leaders from the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the World ...
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