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The China-Mediterranean Observer: In Forging Closer Ties With China, Iran Wants to Avoid Past Mistakes

As per usual, the articles published by the wider Mediterranean region’s media offer interesting insights into how China is perceived. Among the most valuable ones, we found commentaries published in Iran that further shed light on the local perception of the much-discussed new cooperation agreement between Beijing ...

Nigeria’s Dreams and Nightmares

Earlier this month, the Nigerian opposition politician Peter Obi delivered the 60th Founder’s Day lecture at the University of Nigeria. In his talk he took a swipe at the incumbent government’s handling of the current economic crisis, saying that instead of taking loans from China, Nigeria ...

Deciphering China’s Belt & Road Initiative

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a central theme of China's foreign policy, particularly in developing regions like Africa where it's linked to billions of dollars of infrastructure development. But when you ask Chinese officials "what exactly is the BRI?" ...

U.S.-China Technology “Cold War”: Exploring Africa’s Options

In 2019, Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter, and Jack Ma, co-founder and former executive chairman of Alibaba, visited several African countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, and Ethiopia, where they met and interacted with African tech-Savvy youths.  The two ‘Jacks’ represent two different paradigms of technology, ...

Bloomberg Asks Zhao Lijian the $4 Billion Dollar Question About Its Zambian Loans: “Will China Opens Its Books?”

Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian faced questions yesterday by a Bloomberg reporter as to whether Beijing would do more to help alleviate investor concerns over the lack of transparency of China's loans to Zambia.  Zhao echoed a brief comment published on ...

New AidData Research Explains Why China Isn’t Fully Participating in the DSSI and Not Interested in Seizing Assets

Bradley Parks, executive director of AidData, discussed the preliminary findings of a new investigation into the terms and conditions of Chinese loan contracts around the world. AidData researchers studied 83 Chinese loan contracts to 21 low-and-middle income countries. The contracts involved the ...

U.S. Government Targets African Twitter Users With Paid Campaign Criticizing Chinese Fishing Practices

Senegal-based freelance journalist James Courtright noticed an interesting paid tweet from the U.S. government's official French language account that appeared in his feed this week. The "promoted" post (that means "paid" in Twitter's vernacular) attacked China's distant fishing operations around the world: ...

Wow! Whoever’s in Charge of the Chinese Embassy in Somalia’s Twitter Account Really Went on a Tear

In the space of two hours yesterday, the social media manager at the Chinese embassy in Somalia published an impressive 32 tweets in what was a disjointed stream of Chinese propaganda's greatest hits. They covered a lot of ground:Alleviating Chinese ...

When It Comes to the G20’s DSSI, China’s Playing by a Different Set of Rules

There's an enormous disconnect between how the Chinese are approaching the debt crisis in poor countries and the expectations of the world's legacy donors. People like World Bank President David Malpass seem befuddled as to why China is not fully supporting ...

Zambia Gets an Unexpected Reprieve From Bondholders, But Serious Concerns About the Country’s Debts to China Persist

Zambia's private creditors gave the embattled country an additional three weeks to come up with a plan on how to resolve its burgeoning debt crisis. A group of bondholders would have voted yesterday on whether to accept the finance ministry's request for a 6-month repayment ...
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