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The News Feed is a curated selection of the most important China-Africa news edited by CAP’s editors in Asia and Africa.

Chinese Diplomats in Nigeria, South Africa Mount Counterattack To U.S.-Led Predatory Lending Accusations

China's Deputy Chief of Mission at the embassy in South Africa, Li Nan, at a recent online conference organized by the South African Institute of International Affairs.
Two senior-level Chinese diplomats in Africa are speaking out against U.S.-led accusations that Beijing engages in predatory lending on the continent, or “debt trap” diplomacy. In separate appearances, Chu Maoming, the consul general ...

U.S. Government Launches New Investment Program With the Aim of Providing African Countries an Alternative to China

The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) and the Washington, D.C.-based think tank The Atlantic Council organized a five-hour online conference on Friday to discuss a new, private-sector-led initiative that aims to drive ...

Huawei’s CSR Efforts in Africa Are Surprisingly Successful

Chinese companies are generally not well known for implementing successful corporate social responsibility programs. CSR, for the most part, is still a relatively new concept in China. But Huawei’s efforts in Africa, particularly ...

Meet Zhao Zhiyuan, China’s Unusual Incoming Ambassador to Ethiopia

China’s newly-appointed ambassador to Ethiopia Zhao Zhiyuan will take up his new post in Addis Ababa soon where he will replace Tan Jian who left his post last month in what was described ...

G20 Agrees to Give Poorest Nations Just the Bare Minimum for Debt Relief

Finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20 wealthy nations agreed to a bare-bones debt relief package on Wednesday that will extend the G20’s Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) ...

Even the World Bank President Doesn’t Think the DSSI Plan Goes Far Enough

David Malpass isn’t that happy with the G20’s latest iteration of its Debt Service Suspension Initiative that delays loan repayments an extra six months until June 2021. The World Bank president is calling ...

China Is Now a Key Player in Zambia’s Worsening Debt Crisis

Zambia's President Edgar Lungu shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping before their bilateral meeting at the Great Hall of the People on September 1, 2018. Nicolas ASFOURI / POOL / AFP
We’ll know next week if Zambia is going to be the first African country this year to default on part of its debt, or if it’ll get the repayment reprieve it’s been asking ...

The U.S. Has Long Complained About Huawei’s Rise But Never Found a Way to Effectively Challenge the Chinese Tech Company. One DC Think Tank Has a Few Suggestions

A monitor displays the logo for “Huawei” behind Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as he speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington,DC on July 15, 2020. Andrew Harnik / POOL / AFP
The United States government is determined to try and hamper the Chinese tech giant Huawei’s efforts to become the dominant player in next-generation 5G mobile connectivity, AI, and other technologies. In May, Washington ...

Africa’s Trade With China is Tiny in Comparison to Other Regions Around the World

China may be a very important trading partner of the majority of African nations, but the same is definitely not true in reverse. In the first nine months of the year, China’s total ...

G20 Finance Ministers Expected to Approve Multi-Billion Dollar Debt Freeze Extension For the World’s Poorest Countries

Finance ministers and central bankers from China, the United States, and other G20 countries are expected to release a communiqué on Wednesday, according to Reuters, which will extend the Debt ...

How China Uses “Soft Law” To Engage Countries in Its Belt and Road Initiative

Since a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) or a so-called “cooperation agreement” is not legally binding, many U.S. and European stakeholders often shrug when China announces that it’s signed one of these agreements with ...

The Head of One of China’s Major Foreign Policy Think Tanks Proposes 4 Ways to Revive Slumping China-Africa Trade

Wang Huiyao, president of the Beijing-based think tank Center for China and Globalization.
Two-way China-Africa trade dropped by almost 20% to just $82 billion in the first half of the year due to lockdowns brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak. With China’s economy recovering ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Overwhelming 2024-Ness of It All

In so many ways, 2024 feels like an inflection point — one of those years that carries within it a future yet unformed.
The U.S. election is of course the most prominent of these trends. If Donald Trump becomes the Rublican nominee, as expected, it will kick off a series of domino effects that could reshape the United States’ relationship with itself, and with it, the whole world.

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In One of His First Public Appearances as China’s New Ambassador to South Africa, Chen Xiaodong Reaffirms Beijing’s Commitment to African Infrastructure Development

China’s newly-arrived envoy to South Africa, Chen Xiaodong, made one of his first public appearances on Tuesday in a webinar organized by the South African Institute of International Affairs. Speaking from the embassy ...

China’s Foreign Ministry Rebuts Critics of its Debt Relief Strategy in Africa

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian pointedly rejected accusations that Beijing is not doing enough to help alleviate the worsening debt crisis in Africa. Speaking to reporters at the ministry’s ...

Ghana’s Finance Minister: “Africa Is Not Asking for Charity. It Is Asking for Equity.”

Ghanaian Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta. AFP.
Ghana’s Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta issued an urgent call for action on African debt relief in a column published in the Financial Times on Monday that also included stinging rebukes of ...

It’s Been a Busy Month in Algiers With Visits From the U.S. Defense Chief Followed by Yang Jiechi, One of China’s Highest Ranking Officials

Yang Jiechi, one of China’s top foreign policy officials and also a member of the politburo, spent last weekend in Algiers where he held talks with President Abdelmadjid Tebboune and Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum. ...

Score Keeping: Which African Countries Aligned With China at the United Nations on Xinjiang and Hong Kong

Data: Axios research; Map: Naema Ahmed/Axios
African countries were once again pulled into a bitter dispute last week at the United Nations between China and a coalition largely made up by the U.S. Germany and other European countries over ...

China’s Decision to Join COVAX Hints at a Multilateral Approach to Its Budding Vaccine Diplomacy Agenda

Friday’s surprise announcement that China would join more than 150 other countries in the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility, or Covax, marked a sharp pivot in Beijing’s budding vaccine diplomacy ...

IMF Chief: Africa Faces Projected Financing Gap of $345 Billion Through 2023

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP
IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva implored the international community to “do more to support Africa” to help recover from the worsening economic crisis on the continent brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.  She ...

Kenya Advised to Restructure Current Debts, Reduce Commercial Borrowing if It Wants to Avoid Default

Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP
The Washington, D.C.-based multinational NGO International Budget Partnership (IBP – it was formerly known as the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) recently warned Kenya’s National Treasury to take drastic measures ...

Q&A: U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Rejects Assertion That Washington is “Playing Catch-up” With Beijing

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter. SIMON MANIA/AFP
Washington’s outspoken envoy to Nairobi, Kyle McCarter, denied that the U.S. is trying to use a free trade agreement that’s currently being negotiated by the two governments as evidence that the Trump administration ...

New Report Sheds Light on How China Will Handle Its Loans to Poor Countries

The New York-based research firm Rhodium Group released a new report today that draws on an expanded data set of Chinese debt renegotiations with developing countries. The new report, “Seeking Relief: ...

In a Mostly Symbolic Move, China Relieves Botswana of Its Interest-Free Debt

Chinese ambassador to Botswana, Zhao Yanbo, announced yesterday on Twitter that he had signed an agreement with Botswana’s finance minister, Thapelo Matsheka, to exempt a portion of the southern African country’s debts so ...

“Public Investment is a Thing of the Past,” Says the EIU’s Chief Africa Economist

While a growing number of African countries are furiously renegotiating their debts with various creditors, one question that keeps emerging is whether China will eventually resume lending these countries large amounts of money ...

From Aid to Defense to Diplomacy, U.S. Engagement in Africa is Continually Framed Around China

The U.S. State Department appears determined to ensure that everyone knows its foreign assistance programs are very different from China’s. Even though the State Department didn’t mention the Chinese by name 
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