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"China’s policymakers benefit from the democratic world’s economic and political openness. They use free nations’ discourse to identify their own foreign policy and technological shortcomings while building a firewall that keeps discussion of those shortcomings from ever occurring in China itself. "- Joshua Eisenman and Devin Stewart
The News Feed is a curated selection of the most important China-Africa news edited by CAP’s editors in Asia and Africa.
China’s Global Critics Are Helping It Win
Chinese Vlogger Zhao Huiling Showcases How African Fashion Brands Can Compete Internationally
Tweet of the Day: The Chinese in Africa Prove the Old Saying That “90% of Success is Just Showing Up”
France-Africa Business Forum Opens Amid Questions Over How the French Can Compete Against the Chinese
Summits in 2019 Provoke Populist Response: “Draw Close to Your African Leader and Scream at Him to Wake Up!
China’s UK Ambassador Pushes Back on US/EU Criticism of Beijing’s “No Strings Attached” Approach to African Development
It’s Starting to Settle-In That Russia’s Coming Back to Africa. So What Does That Mean for Africa and Everyone Else?
South Africa President Reflects on Russia Summit and Defends Chinese Lending Practices
Gyude Moore on Why Some African Countries Prefer to Deal with China and Russia Over the U.S.
"American involvement comes with American values: protection of minorities, freedom of speech, open societies, free trade. And so when the U.S. engages with a country, those are the terms on which it engages. Russia is not going to advocate for those. Neither will China."W. Gyude Moore, a former Liberian minister of public works now at the Center for Global Development
Tweet of the Day: Without China and Russia in Africa, the U.S. Would Likely Lose Interest
With No Evidence, Some US & EU Media Frame Russia Summit as Move to Challenge Chinese Influence in Africa
Rwanda Partners with DP World, Alibaba and Zhejiang Province to Open New $35 Million Dry Port
Landry Singé: 3 Things to Watch for at the Russia-Africa Summit That Starts Today
How African Countries Can Benefit From the U.S.-China Trade War
Analysis from Cobus van Staden
Lending Data Offers Clue to China’s Global South Influence
A new report led by the U.S.-based research center AidData is drawing global attention this week. It shows that from 2008 to 2021, China spent $240 billion in bailouts and liquidity support to 22 Global South countries.
Even though the report focuses squarely on economics, it also feels like a key piece of a geopolitical puzzle: how China’s Global South relationships work. As I’m writing this, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris is ...