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Arab Media’s Cautious Coverage of the China COVID Protests

A number of news outlets across the Arab world acknowledged the ongoing protests in major Chinese cities, a somewhat surprising development given the sensitivities in these countries about large-scale anti-government demonstrations. Most of the coverage was restrained, simply stating the basic ...

Why the Fate of the New COP27 “Loss and Damage” Climate Fund Depends on China

Negotiators from 200 countries at the COP27 climate conference in Egypt worked overtime this weekend to finalize a controversial funding proposal that would facilitate wealthy countries to compensate developing states for "loss and damages" wrought by climate change.

Will China and Wealthy Countries Pay For Climate Damage in the Global South?

Join us for a very lively end-of-week show where Eric, Cobus, and Geraud get into a spirited debate over whether China, India, and wealthy countries will pay for the damage they've caused to poor countries in Africa and elsewhere from global ...

As COP27 Races to an Agreement, Things are Getting Real Awkward

The COP27 climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, will soon head into its final stage when delegates will wrestle through the night to finalize the wording of the agreement.  The summit saw the emergence of major fault lines between ...

Nickel and Diming Poor Countries on Loss and Damage Will Bite the Global North

The debate about compensating the Global South for loss and damage relating to climate change at the COP27 climate summit sparked a debate at the China Global South Project. This column is in response to Eric's take yesterday. The ...

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 ...

How Host Country Policies are Driving Chinese Finance for Renewables

By Rishikesh Ram Bhandary The Egyptian government, host of the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27), has dubbed this meeting the “implementation COP.”  For many developing countries, international finance is a key enabler that allows ...

China Will “Strongly Support” Climate Compensation, But Not With Actual Money

China will support a mechanism to compensate poor countries for the loss and damage associated with climate change, but it won’t contribute any cash. That was the main takeaway from a press conference by Xie Zhenhua, China’s chief delegate to the COP27 climate summit ...

China and the Global South: What to Watch at COP27

By Cecilia Springer This week, delegations from around the world are convening in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, for the annual 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP27. With Egypt hosting, this year’s climate ...

China-based Development Bank to Ramp Up Lending by $10 Billion a Year

While China's two major policy banks have pulled hard on the reins to curtail development financing in the Global South, the Beijing-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is going in the opposite direction. AIIB's President Jin Liqun told ...

New Chinese-built Vaccine Cold Storage Facility Completed in Egypt on Same Day as Cairo Receives 60 Million Sinovac Jabs

Egypt's ambition to become an African vaccine manufacturing and distribution hub is now closer to becoming a reality following Saturday's completion of a new Chinese-built cold storage facility. The new complex, located in 6 October City on the outskirts of Cairo, was built by ...
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