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Tweet of the Day: The Chinese Consulate in Johannesburg Really Wants You to Follow Their New Social Media Pages. You Can Even Win a Prize!

The social media managers at the Chinese consulate in Johannesburg seem quite eager to build audiences on their new Facebook and Twitter pages. Over the weekend they ...

A Lawyer’s Perspective on What’s Ahead This Year for Two Controversial Chinese Bauxite Mining Deals in West Africa

University of Maryland legal scholar Zhang Jingjing is one of the world's leading experts on outbound Chinese investment, particularly involving cases that have serious environmental consequences. Over the years, she's been closely following developments in Guinea where Societe Miniere de Boke (SMB), a Singaporean/Chinese consortium, has a ...

Kenya Looks Beyond China for New Sources of Development Finance

Since the new year, Kenya has taken some rather bold steps to reduce its borrowing costs and ensure that new loans are "fairly priced." The Treasury is seeking to refinance large portions of its current debt that's priced at commercial rates into more affordable concessionary loans. Separately, ...

In a Bid to Challenge China, Britain Will Reallocate $500 Million of its Aid Budget to Jump Start Private Sector Investment in Africa

African leaders from 20 countries are in London today where they will take part in the UK-Africa Investment Summit. The summit, hosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, aims to chart a new post-Brexit course for British foreign policy on the continent that has ...

Trade Deficits with China Will Emerge as New Political Issue in Africa, Scholar Predicts

University of Notre Dame China-Africa scholar Joshua Eiseman responded on Twitter to the latest trade data with a prediction that the politics of Chinese trade that have roiled the U.S. ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The West’s Ignorance About What China’s Doing in Africa is a Feature Not a Bug

Those of us who concentrate on Africa-China relations have long warned that the current framing of the relationship as a zero-sum arena in a new cold war strips African states of agency.The problem isn’t only that it flattens the complex compromises African leaders have to make to meet development goals as financing options keep shrinking. It is also that it creates echo chambers in Washington, Beijing, and Brussels that make ...

What Do the Latest China-Africa Trade Numbers Tell us About This Relationship? Not as Much as You Might Think.

Two-way China-Africa trade increased slightly by 2.2% last year to $208.7 billion, according to newly released data from China's General Administration of Customs. At first glance, trade between these two regions seems to be quite balanced overall. ...