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Africa Debt Relief Update With Bloomberg’s Alonso Soto

Seven months into the worsening African debt crisis and still there's no prospect for any meaningful relief in sight. The situation grows even direr by the day as more countries struggle to pay for rising healthcare costs brought on by the ...

Tempers Flare in Nigerian House Hearing on Chinese Loans

Three weeks of steadily building tensions over Chinese loans to Nigeria erupted in a House committee hearing on Monday. Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi and the Chairman of the House Committee on Treaties, Protocols, and Agreements, Nicholas Ossai, confronted one another in a series of ...

With an Eye on China, G7 Finance Ministers Call on G20 Bilateral Creditors to Keep Their Debt Freeze Promises

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin hosted a teleconference with his fellow finance ministers from the Group of Seven rich countries on Monday and the burgeoning debt crisis in the world's poorest countries was high on the agenda.  The finance chiefs called ...

Deborah Brautigam on Whether the Burgeoning U.S.-China Conflict Will Complicate Debt Relief for Africa

Professor Deborah Brautigam, director of the China-Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. reflected on the "war of words" between the World Bank, led by longstanding China-hawk David Malpass and Beijing. Brautigam explains that the concerns expressed by ...

Kenya’s Health Chief Denies Accusation Jack Ma’s Donated PPE Was Illegally Smuggled to Tanzania

Kenya's Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe came under fire on Monday from members of a parliamentary health committee, who demanded that he respond to allegations that the bulk of PPE donations given by the Jack Ma Foundation in March were illegally smuggled to neighboring ...

China’s Doing More But Spending Less in Africa

China is engaged in more Belt and Road-related projects in Africa but spending far less than it is in the Middle East and South Asia, according to new data from the Washington, D.C.-based consultancy RWR Advisory. In its latest IntelTrak report ...

Africa’s Largest Publicly Traded Company Now Squarely in the U.S.-China Crossfire

The stock price of Africa's largest and most valuable publicly traded company has been on a roller coaster ride since U.S. President Donald Trump announced plans to ban Tencent-owned WeChat from U.S. app stores. Naspers, through one of its subsidiaries, is ...

Despite a LOT of Challenges, Chinese-Congolese Star Zhong Feifei Persists

Zhong Feifei (仲菲菲) is probably the only Chinese reality show star and online influencer to build a truly international presence. Her followers now number in the millions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yWssCQYekw ...

Taiwan’s Flag Now Flying Again in Africa

Taiwan opened its newest mission in Africa today at a ceremony in Hargeisa, capital of the self-declared state of Somaliland. Although the new representative office is not quite the same as formal diplomatic recognition, it's certainly close and marks the rare win for President Tsai ...

Labor Abuse Allegations Against Chinese Company in Nigeria Explodes Into a Full-Blown Scandal

The Chinese factory at the center of an increasingly bitter dispute over allegations of gross abuse of its workers is pushing back against its accusers and the government. Over the weekend the Inner Galaxy Steel Company hired a law firm and opened a Twitter account, which it's ...
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