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Why the Fight to Stop the Coronavirus From Spreading in Africa Begins in China

The following column was originally written as a nine-part Twitter thread on January 28, 2020. This is a full transcript with only minor edits for clarity. As a global development consultancy based in China that offers internships and jobs ...

Al Jazeera’s 101 East Investigates How China’s New “Silk Road” is Changing Lives From Asia to Africa

Al Jazeera English's Asia documentary series 101 East dedicated an entire episode to showcasing China's Belt and Road Initiative. It's a fascinating program that explores how the tens of billions of dollars already spent to build out the BRI is impact millions throughout the developing world, for ...

Tweet of the Day: African Twitter in Awe Over China’s Ability to Build Hospitals in Just a Few Days and Blasts Own Governments for Failing to Do the Same

News that China will need just days to build new hospitals in Wuhan to accommodate thousands of new patients infected with the coronavirus sparked both admiration about the seemingly unique Chinese ability to mobilize massive resources to get things done quickly and, at the same time, bitter ...

Conservation Groups Welcome China’s Decision to Ban on Wildlife Markets

Conservationists are hoping that China's decision this week to temporarily ban the sale of wildlife in open markets will eventually become permanent. The Chinese government announced the move on Sunday as part of a broad effort to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus. ...

Hundreds of Africans Feel Trapped and Abandonned Quarantined in Wuhan

While thousands of expatriates from wealthy countries will be airlifted out of Wuhan, the epicenter of the burgeoning coronavirus outbreak, African expats meantime confront a very different reality. In addition to the 4,600 African students currently in Wuhan, according to Quartz, there are hundreds ...

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 ...