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Chinese Officials Are Rallying Behind the G20’s Debt Relief Efforts But Saying Little About All Those Bilateral Loans

China's Ambassador to Namibia, Zhang Yiming, Tweeted out a summary of Wang Yi's comments related to Africa that the foreign minister shared at a press conference in Beijing on Sunday. While Ambassador Zhang and Foreign Minister Wang appear ...

Chinese-owned Farms Struggle to Help Improve Food Security in Zimbabwe

Strategic investments by the Chinese enterprises in Zimbabwe's agriculture sector face mounting challenges that are scuttling plans to assist the southern African country's erstwhile foothold as a net food producer. The Sino-Zim ventures were launched with the aim of assisting the southern African country's struggling food security ...

He’s Back! China’s Outspoken Former Ambassador to South Africa Reappears on State Media

After hurriedly leaving South Africa in early April to return to China, apparently because of the pandemic-related shutdown of commercial flights between the two countries, former ambassador Lin Songtian has kept a low profile over the past couple months. But ...

Heritage Foundation: China’s Construction of Government Buildings in Africa Potentially Enhances Beijing’s Spying Capabilities

The conservative Heritage Foundation in the United States published a new report on Wednesday arguing that China's intelligence capabilities are potentially enhanced by Beijing's drive to construct government buildings across the continent. "Chinese companies have constructed or renovated ...

How is China Going to Approach the Debt Crisis in Africa?

One of the big questions around the burgeoning debt crisis in Africa is how will China respond? With an estimated $152 billion of outstanding loans on the continent, Beijing is by far the continent's largest bilateral creditor.  No discussion ...

Under Mounting Pressure From the U.S., Europe, and Australia, China Leans on Its Ties in Africa For Support

Hong Kong-based CNN journalist Jenni Marsh reports on the prominent role that Africa played in Monday's speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping to the World Health Assembly. Marsh, who's covered China-Africa relations for years, notes that amid mounting anti-Chinese sentiment in Washington, Brussels, and Canberra, Beijing's political ...

The Geopolitics of COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis is proving an interesting case study in the impact of different ways of conducting public diplomacy. Any public diplomacy is dependent on two factors: staying on message, and making sure that message doesn't play into negative perceptions about you in the wider world. 

Assessing China’s “Corona Diplomacy” in Africa

Even though China spends considerably less than the U.S. and Europeans on public health assistance in Africa, Beijing is seemingly dominating the narrative with its high profile donations of food, PPE, and medical missions.

Deborah Brautigam: Don’t Expect China to Cancel Africa’s Debts, They’ll Probably Just Reschedule Them

So long as there's no official word from the Chinese government as to how they specifically plan to address the $150 billion of outstanding debts that African governments owe Bejing, everyone's speculating as to how they'll likely proceed. Professor Deborah Brautigam, ...

African Countries Sign on To Global Inquiry Into COVID-19 Origin

All African countries under the banner "The African Group and its Members States" are now part of a group of 110 countries who signed a World Health Organization draft resolution on Monday that calls for an inquiry into the origin of COVID-19.
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