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The China-Mediterranean Observer: How China looks at the Med

The most interesting articles published in Chinese media in August revolve around the future of the Iranian nuclear deal and, more broadly, Iran’s role in the Middle East. Chinese experts also commented on the end of France’s Operation Barkhane in Mali, as well as the rising great ...

Chinese Creditors Agree to Landmark Debt Restructuring Deal With Zambia

The Franco-Chinese-led Creditor Committee for Zambia announced a landmark agreement over the weekend to cancel $2 billion of the country's bilateral debts. The deal includes unprecedented concessions from a coalition of Chinese lenders that includes the China Exim Bank.

Zambia Expected to Finalize Debt Restructuring Deal By the End of the Month

Zambia appears to be edging closer to a debt restructuring deal with its official creditors. Insiders tell Reuters it could happen sometime in July. Some sort of arrangement between the Zambian government and the Franco-Chinese-led Creditor Committee would ...

Zambia’s Debt Talks Set to Get Underway But Final Deal Not Expected This Month

After months of delays, all of Zambia's international creditors will finally convene on Thursday to work out the details of how to restructure the country's $17.3 billion of external debt. The inaugural meeting of the official ...

Zambia Wants Debt Reduction As Part of Renegotiation: Hichilema

Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema is optimistic that Zambia’s debt renegotiation is now on track, following the recent announcement that China and France will head the creditors’ committee. The committee's first meeting will be next week. Speaking at a mining ...

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 ...

The Case for Cooperation Between Chinese and Western Development Finance Institutions

By Oyintarelado (Tarela) Moses Chinese lenders participating in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) conduct business within a broader ecosystem of financing for development. This complex web of actors work in a coordinated credit space, comprising development finance institutions, commercial ...

Africa-Europe Summit Begins Amid Hope, Skepticism and a Wary Eye on China

European and African leaders kicked off a two-day summit in Brussels on Thursday amid a sense that ties between these two continents have reached a critical inflection point. European leaders, notably French President Emmanuel Macron, the current rotating president of the ...

Rampant Illegal Chinese Mining and Logging in Eastern DRC Drives Poverty and Empowers Ruling Elites, Says New Report

Illegal Chinese mining and timber companies are running rampant in the DRC's eastern province of South Kivu, fueling corruption that empowers ruling elites and impoverished local communities, according to a scathing new report by two researchers at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) in ...

Infographic: Africa’s Shifting Trade Ties From France to China

The German consumer data service Statista published an interesting map on Tuesday that visualizes Africa's two-decade-long transition from relying on imports from France and other European countries (possibly even the U.S.) to China. While the visualization is intriguing, the use of ...

Former Ambassador’s Column in Le Monde Highlights the Negative View of “Chinafrique” Among Political & Media Elites in France

Generally speaking, the widely-held narrative among media and political elites in France about the Chinese in Africa is very similar to that in the United States where the Chinese presence on the continent is viewed in decidedly negative terms.
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