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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.

The Once Frenetic Debate Over Chinese Debt in Africa Has All But Disappeared

China’s top diplomat for sub-Saharan Africa, Wu Peng, posted a tweet today that restated China’s often-repeated position about its commitment to implement the G20’s Debt Service Suspension Initiative and to help ...

Ambassador Zhou Pingjian: China’s Tried Its Best to Meet Kenya’s Request on Loans

China's ambassador to Kenya Zhou Pingjian
The Nation’s Senior Diplomatic Writer, Aggrey Mutambo, sat down with China’s ambassador to Kenya for a wide-ranging interview that covered access to Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines, next year’s FOCAC summit in Dakar, and how ...

China, Debt and the Future of Kenya

The investigative series Africa Uncensored broadcast a riveting one-hour documentary on Kenyan national TV last night that explored the country’s ballooning national debt. The program highlighted how, as Kenya’s largest bilateral creditor owning ...

Nigerians Share First Impressions of The New Chinese-Built Lagos to Ibadan Railway

Passengers have had a week to try out Nigeria’s brand new Chinese-built standard gauge railway that links Lagos to Ibadan. The new service is operating on a limited schedule with just two trains ...

Billions of New FDI Flowing Into West Africa. Where’s the Chinese Money Going?

Source: National Bureau of Statistics and Nairametrics
$1.46 billion of new foreign direct investment made its way to Nigeria in the third quarter of 2020, according to new data from the National Bureau of Statistics, but very little ...

Deborah Bräutigam: China Likely To Partner With the WHO For C19 Vaccine Distribution in Africa

China is working closely with Ethiopia, Egypt, and likely other African countries to lay the groundwork to deliver millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the continent. With the new ...

French-Chinese Business Cooperation in Africa

Last month the China-Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at Johns Hopkins University hosted a French-language webinar that explored Franco-Chinese business cooperation in Africa. The discussion was conducted in French but now 

How U.S.-Africa Policy Is Adapting To Competition With China

Recently, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center and the Policy Center for the New South launched a pair of reports on external power competition in Africa, with one focused on traditional powers and the ...

Chinese Diplomats Are Now Leaning in To the “Wolf Warrior” Meme

The so-called “Wolf Warrior” meme that characterized Chinese diplomats in much the same way as the gung-ho, take-no-prisoners, Rambo style action star in the blockbuster movie was once roundly ...

China, African Union Break Ground on New HQ For the Africa Centers for Disease Control

Chinese diplomats and African Union officials participate in a groundbreaking ceremony in Addis Ababa for the new Africa CDC headquarters.
Senior African Union officials together with Chinese diplomats led a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday at the site of the new Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters in the Ethiopian ...

Researchers Challenge Boston University’s “Porous Dataset” That Purportedly Showed a Plunge in Chinese Overseas Lending

A pair of researchers from Central Asia are questioning the findings of a new dataset produced by Boston University’s Global Development Policy Center (GDPC) which purportedly shows a sharp ...

Report: China Lacks Comprehensive Debt Relief Strategy

Source: State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) of China and authors’ depiction
A new report by the International Institute of Green Finance (IIGF) at the Central University of Economics and Finance in Beijing appears to echo some of the same themes that emerged ...

Chinese Debt Relief in Africa Definitely Helps in the Short Term, But in the Long Term? Hard to Tell Says New Analysis

Although China’s debt relief efforts are often downplayed by many of its critics in the U.S. and EU, the fact is that Beijing’s done more to renegotiate and cancel loans to African countries ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

Chinese Private Sector Engagement in Africa is Going to be Much More Important in 2021 And Beyond

Over the past several weeks, Chinese officials have convened a series of high profile forums with key African stakeholders in what appears to be an effort to lay the groundwork for next year’s ...

This Graphic Shows the Huge Diplomatic Opportunity For China If It Can Provide Africa With Sufficient Supplies of C19 Vaccines

Image via the Economist Intelligence Unit
It is becoming increasingly apparent that Africa is going to be the last region around the world to secure sufficient supplies of COVID-19 vaccines to innoculate a majority of its population, according to ...

With UAE Approval, China’s COVID-19 Vaccines Make Their Official International Debut

Photo via Sinopharm.
The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday became the first foreign country to officially approve the use of a Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccine. UAE’s health ministry reported that the vaccine made by ...

Ugandan Government Sparks Confusion With Announcement that Chinese Residents Will be Allowed to Import C19 Vaccine

The Ugandan health ministry sparked quite a bit of confusion on Wednesday when it announced that it would allow Chinese residents in the country to import 4,000 doses of a ...

Ivorian Striker Passes Up Chinese Naturalization So He Can Play For His Own National Team

Jean Evrard Kouassi is tackled by Shijiazhuang Ever Bright players in the 2020 Chinese Super League season. Photo: Xinhua
After five years of playing in the Chinese Super League, Jean Evrard Kouassi qualified for Chinese residency and the chance to play on China’s national team. But the Ivorian striker decided to pass ...

New Database Provides Fresh Insights Into Chinese Lending Practices Around the World

Yesterday’s Financial Times headline that “China’s overseas lending collapses” dominated the news about Boston University’s pioneering new database that tracks lending by two of China’s largest policy ...

Reaction to New Data That Reveals “Chinese Overseas Lending Collapse”

Findings from Boston University’s new database on Chinese development finance patterns that revealed a “collapse” of overseas lending sparked a lot of conversation online yesterday from leading development economists in the U.S. and ...

Peking University Professor: Chinese Loan Losses in Asia and Africa Reinforce Painful Lessons Learned in Venezuela

The following is a transcript of a nine-part Twitter thread posted by the prominent China economist Michael Pettis, a professor at Peking University. As I have been writing since 2011, China’s ...

China Strikes Financing Deal With Iraq, Providing New Clue to How Beijing Deals With Major Oil Supplying Countries

Flames rise from the burning of excess hydrocarbons at the Nahr Bin Omar natural gas field, north of the southern Iraqi port of Basra on April 21, 2020. Hussein FALEH / AFP
The Chinese government is reportedly coming to the rescue of the financially stressed Iraqi government with a $2 billion cash payment for a year’s worth of oil at current market prices. The five-year ...

Morocco to Use Chinese COVID-19 Vaccine as a Part of a Nationwide Vaccination Campaign

Members of a Morrocan medical team wait for patients who tested positive for COVID-19 at a parking lot in the town of Moulay Bousselham, north of the capital Rabat on June 20, 2020. FADEL SENNA / AFP
The Moroccan government announced that it plans to embark on a mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign that will initially use Chinese-made vaccines even before they’ve completed advanced trials. King Mohammed VI instructed the government ...

Chinese State Media Refutes Erroneous Taiwan Report About Vaccinated Chinese Workers in Uganda Contracting COVID-19

China’s state-run Global Times newspaper took aim at an erroneous report published on the Taipei-based news website Taiwan News that 47 Chinese workers who contracted COVID-19 last week in Uganda had ...

Who Exactly is the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria Trying to Reach With a Tweet Like This?

It’s apparent that the social media managers in various Chinese embassies across Africa are still not entirely clear on how to best use Twitter to engage a large audience of local constituents. The ...

Africa’s Newest Chinese-Financed and Constructed Railway Begins Operating in Nigeria

The newest Chinese-built railway in Africa is now officially in service following a Tweet on Monday from the office of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari that launched the new Lagos to Ibadan line. The ...

China’s Growing Influence in the Middle East and North Africa

Rolex DELA PENA / POOL / AFP
China’s presence in the Middle East North Africa region has been steadily rising over the past 25 years and is now entering a new, more complex phase that extends beyond commercial ties to ...

Analysts Weigh What Role China Should Play in the Biden Administration’s Africa Policy

U.S. President-elect Joseph Biden. Andrew Harnik / POOL / AFP
With 43 days to go before Joe Biden assumes power in Washington, D.C., analysts in the U.S. are weighing in with suggested foreign policy priorities for the incoming administration. Some are proposing bold ...
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