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China’s Pressure Campaign on eSwatini Highlights an Extreme Contrast in State Power

This month's report by journalist Carien Du Plessis in South Africa' Daily Maverick newspaper about heightened Chinese pressure on eSwatini, the last remaining country in Africa to recognize Taiwan, is ...

AEI: Chinese BRI Spending Plummeted in 2019

Agathe Demarais, Global Forecasting Director at the Economist Intelligence Unit, shared this compelling chart today that illustrates a dramatic drop off in Chinese investment and construction spending in 2019. She noted: Financing for BRI projects ...

Politicians and Industry Leaders Both Issue Calls for Action in the Aftermath of Kenyan Hotel Beating Video That Went Viral

Outrage is continuing to build in Kenya over the video that showed Chinese chef Deng Hailan violently beating one of his employees at a Nairobi hotel. The assault reportedly occurred last week and the video was posted online over the weekend but it is still a big ...

It’s Business as Usual at South Africa’s Popular China Malls… Except for a Lot More People Wearing Masks

While shoppers in many countries around the world are avoiding Chinese communities, especially "Chinatowns" and restaurants, out of fear of being infected with the deadly coronavirus, that's not true for South Africa. The popular China Malls that are common ...

Beijing Rallies to Defend Ethiopian Airlines’ Decision to Maintain Direct Flights to China

Now that China is becoming increasingly isolated due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the government appears to be making a concerted effort to stave off being disconnected entirely from the ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China’s Climate Role in the Global South

I don’t know about you, but I’m suffering from COP26 stress. There’s so much riding on the global climate summit happening in Glasgow at the end of the month that it’s sometimes difficult to remember we face a few other pressing issues too. 

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U.S. Tries to Persuade Africa It’s a Credible Alternative to China

The United States regards Africa as a key arena to confront China's rising influence in the developing world. With its new $60 billion International Development Finance Corporation and its Prosper Africa policy framework unveiled last year, the Trump administration is working ...