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Can Beijing Sell its Global Security Initiative?

By Lukas Fiala On Wednesday, Xi Jinping promised Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif ‘to advance the operationalization of the…Global Security Initiative.’ Announced by Xi only in April this year, the GSI is adding to an alphabet ...

Ethiopia Debuts New Chinese-Built Science Museum

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed inaugurated a new Chinese-built museum of science in Addis Ababa last week. He said the museum "offers both the young and old a place to inquire, explore, innovate and invent" and praised how it was "built in ...

New Clues About China’s “Security Through Development” Strategy After Uganda Meeting

Xue Bing, China's Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, wrapped up a four-nation tour of the region on Friday in Uganda following a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni at the State House in Entebbe. One would expect someone ...

Day Two of Wang Yi’s Speed-Dating Diplomacy in New York

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is taking full advantage of his time in New York to cram in as many meetings with his counterparts, mostly from developing countries, as possible. Wang, who is known for this kind of fast-paced diplomacy, met ...

Understanding the Significance of China’s Interest-Free Loans Cancelation

By Oyintarelado Moses and Jyhjong Hwang On August 19, 2022, China announced it would waive 23 interest-free loans (IFLs) with maturity by the end of 2021 for 17 unspecified African countries worth an unspecified total amount. This announcement comes as ...

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 ...

China’s Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa is Back in the Region Promoting a Very Different Kind of Peace

Xue Bing, China's Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, is back in the region, making the rounds to various capitals to meet with senior-level officials. Xue kicked off his latest tour in Eritrea on Friday, where he met with President Isaias Afwerki. Then on ...

Kenya’s New President Faces Many Challenges, Including Balancing China

Kenya's new President William Ruto, takes power at a complex time for the East African country. As Kenya's economy creaks under a large debt burden, he also faces numerous regional challenges, including conflict in Ethiopia and terrorism in Somalia.  These challenges ...

Chinese Contractors to Finish Building New Africa CDC HQ Ahead of Schedule

Chinese contractors are now three-quarters of the way done with the new headquarters of the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa with construction running ahead of schedule. The new 90,000 square meter facility is ...

Hunan Province is Fast Becoming a Major Hub for China-Africa Trade and Logistics

Ethiopian Airlines launched a new cargo route between Addis Ababa and Changsha, the provincial capital of Hunan, the latest China-Africa aviation trade link. The first flight took off last week and is expected to ferry some 17,000 metric tons of goods. ...

China’s AU Ambassador Conducts Site Inspection of New Africa CDC HQ Construction

China's ambassador to the African Union, Hu Changchun, led a site inspection this week of the Chinese-financed construction of the new headquarters of the African Center for Disease Control headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. While the project is being ...
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