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Massive Statue by Chinese Artist Rises Over the Benin City of Cotonou

The 30-meter-high Statue of the Amazon ("Statue de l'Amazone") is a tribute to the all-female military regiment in the 18th century Kingdom of Dahomey that is now present-day Benin. Chinese artist Li Xiangqun won the commission to build the ...

How a Small Group of Negotiators in Benin Got China to Play Ball

Chinese loan contracts to African countries are increasingly controversial, raising questions as to how African negotiators can get better deals. One of the world’s foremost experts on Africa-China negotiations, Folashade Soule, recently published a report highlighting how a group of negotiators in Benin bargained with Chinese bodies ...

Scholars, Diplomats in South Africa Discuss the Future of Africa-China Ties

The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) together with the Chinese embassy in Pretoria hosted an online forum last week that featured discussions among Chinese diplomats, including Ambassador Chen Xiaodong, and scholars from both China and Africa to discuss the future of ties between the two ...

Folashadé Soulé on West Africa’s Priorities at FOCAC 8

The triennial Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit is just weeks away now and speculation is now starting to build as to what will be on the agenda. As of now, very little is known as to what's going to happen, ...

Folashadé Soulé on the Key Priorities For West African Countries at This Year’s China-Africa Summit

For much of the past twenty years, since the first FOCAC summit in 2000, China's engagement strategy on the continent has focused predominantly on anglophone countries in southern and eastern Africa like Kenya, Zambia, and South Africa. Angola, of course, was an important exception. ...

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 ...

China’s Role in “Decolonizing” Healthcare in Africa

I still remember the day I arrived in the quiet city of Natitingou, North-West Benin, after the 7000-mile journey from my hometown in China. I was to be a translator in a Chinese medical team deployed to the local hospital. Over the 13 months ...

China Increases Vaccine Deliveries to Africa According to Latest Distribution Figures

China has significantly expanded the breadth of its vaccine distribution drive in Africa in the past two weeks, according to new government figures (April 4) published by state broadcaster CGTN. The number of African countries that received Chinese vaccine shipments lagged ...

Hundreds of Thousands of Chinese Vaccines Landed in Egypt, Benin, and Niger Over the Weekend

Large shipments of vaccines imported from China landed in North Africa over the weekend, providing some countries with their first jabs needed to kick off national inoculation programs in the region: BENIN: An unknown quantity of Chinese-made Sinovac vaccines arrived in ...

Six African Leaders Confront IMF Director, Insist that Bretton Woods Institutions Have to Change

Dr. Kaberuka's comments on Sunday in Kigali were similar to sentiments expressed in a somewhat confrontational forum that took a few days earlier in Dakar. At a conference on debt sustainability organized by the International Monetary Fund, six African leaders led by Senegalese ...

African Leaders Push Back on Western-led Debt Narrative, U.S., European Officials Should Take Note.

For years U.S. and European leaders have been warning their African counterparts about the dangers of taking on too much debt, particularly from China. Now, it appears that some African leaders have had enough of these lectures and they're starting to push back. They're saying that even ...
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