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China Scholar and Former Aussie PM Kevin Rudd on What Countries Need to do To Better Manage Relations With Beijing

Twenty years ago China had an "Africa policy" but effectively lacked any meaningful engagement strategies at the national level. Now, the situation is very different and a generation of Chinese diplomats, many of whom have served multiple tours on the continent, have been instrumental in formulating country-specific ...

In the New Era of “China Against the World” Where Does Africa Stand?

Africa's political importance to China is steadily rising as Beijing's relations with a growing list of countries in Asia, Europe, and the Americas dangerously deteriorate. Conflict has already broken out between China and India, leaving Asia's two largest powers bitterly divided. Even more worrisome ...

Q&A: Judd Devermont on How African Governments Can Position Themselves in the U.S.-China Standoff

The overwhelming majority of African countries enjoy robust ties with both China and the United States but those relations are under increasing strain as Washington's relations with Beijing further deteriorate. In recent months, a number of African leaders have expressed their desire to stay out of what's ...

Excuse Me. Who Exactly is Mike Pompeo Referring to When He Talks About “The Free World?”

I'm afraid I've devolved into the kind of person who checks Twitter before even putting on my glasses in the morning. On good days it jolts me out of my lockdown torpor at least long enough to make coffee. On bad days it makes me want to ...

Bloomberg: “Wave of Looming Defaults Poses the Biggest Test Ever for China’s Influence in [Africa]”

A new Bloomberg report projects a grim future for Africa's economic stability as it becomes increasingly apparent that countries who borrowed heavily from China over the past decade are unlikely to be able to repay those loans. The article by two ...

Bloomberg’s Got It Wrong, Say China’s Supporters in Africa: Without Chinese Loans, the Situation Would Be Even Worse

University of Cape Town professor, Carlos Lopes, was among the first today to post a rebuttal to the Bloomberg China-Africa debt article. Professor Lopes expressed frustration that the article only focused on the negative aspects of China's lending practices on the continent and ...

Was China’s Ambassador to Somalia Correct When He Claimed That China Accounts For Just 14% of Africa’s Debt?

Yesterday, China's ambassador to Somalia, Qin Jian, posted a Tweet where he stated that "China accounts for about 14% of all foreign debts in Africa," which was a figure that we hadn't previously seen. Since the Chinese government does not provide an easily accessible resource ...

China’s Embassy in Zimbabwe Swats Away Social Media Rumor that a Chinese Evacuation is Underway

Zhao Baogang, China's deputy ambassador at the embassy in Harare, called online reports that Chinese nationals were being evacuated from Zimbabwe "fake news." The rumor ...

U.S.-China Rivalry in the Red Sea

The Red Sea is emerging as a key theater of contention in the emerging duel between the United States and China. Both countries have military outposts in the tiny country of Djibouti and expanding geopolitical interests in one of the world's ...

President Edgar Lungu Just Straight Up Asked Xi Jinping for Zambia’s Debts to be Cancelled

African appeals for Chinese debt relief have until recently been somewhat vague and indirect, at least publicly. Well, that changed when the spokesman for Edgar Lungu released details of Zambian president's call on Monday with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.  “President ...
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