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Summits in 2019 Provoke Populist Response: “Draw Close to Your African Leader and Scream at Him to Wake Up!

While major newspapers in Africa explore the geopolitical and strategic implications of the recent Russia-Africa summit and the other international gatherings among the Japanese, Turks, Indians, and Americans this year, there's a very different conversation taking place online. Voices like those ...

China’s UK Ambassador Pushes Back on US/EU Criticism of Beijing’s “No Strings Attached” Approach to African Development

It's not immediately clear what prompted Ambassador Liu Xiaoming to publish this Tweet as there was no visible critique or other reference that he was responding to in the feed. Ambassador ...

It’s Starting to Settle-In That Russia’s Coming Back to Africa. So What Does That Mean for Africa and Everyone Else?

With their leaders back from Russia, several of Africa's major newspapers devoted considerable space this weekend to digest the Russia-Africa summit and how does Moscow's resurgence on the continent complicate ties with other major powers, namely China and the U.S. ...

South Africa President Reflects on Russia Summit and Defends Chinese Lending Practices

In his regular email newsletter, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa reflected on last week's inaugural Russia-Africa Summit and the changing geopolitical dynamics in Africa. Key Highlights from President Ramaphosa's Newsletter: "What we are ...

Zimbabwe Elephant Sale to China Sparks Outrage, Prompting New Set-Back for Chinese Public Diplomacy in Africa

Up to 30 young elephants were flown overseas this weekend from Zimbabwe, reportedly to zoos in China, prompting widespread anger in Africa, Europe, and the United States. News headlines, conservation groups, and social media users all expressed varying of ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China’s African Debt Experiment

The Financial Times today published a deep dive into the issue of Chinese lending to African countries and what struck me was how it crystallizes some of the underlying issues that aren’t necessarily made clear in the debt debate.

In the first place, it shows that Africa’s need for financing far outstrips both the available financing options and the continent’s current ability to repay them. The Calvinist logic that underlies much of ...