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Coronavirus May Cost Some African Leaders Re-election

The coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan sparked an intense global conversation on health implications. Governments of developed nations responded quickly by putting measures in place to avert an outbreak, though they have not been so successful at that. In so doing, the world wondered how Africa would cope, ...

In the Diplomatic Optics Game, China Shows That it Can Get Things Done to Help Fortify Africa Against COVID-19

Now that the COVID-19 crisis in China is receding, Chinese officials are stepping up their efforts to help other countries in their fight against the deadly virus. Although in many instances the amount of aid, measured in dollars, is far less than what the United States and ...

Chinese Twitter Accounts Aim to Sow Doubt About COVID-19 Origins

One of the hallmarks of the Chinese campaign against the notion that COVID-19 originated from one of Wuhan's live animal food markets is to promote the idea that scientists are investigating the virus' origins. They don't provide any proof or other documentation to ...

Chinese Social Media Accounts in Africa Weigh in on the Escalating Dispute Over COVID-19’s Origins

China's outspoken Ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, is emerging as one of Beijing's leading spokespeople to rebut the well-documented assertion that the COVID-19 outbreak originated at an outdoor food market, known commonly as "wet markets," in Wuhan.  The conflict has ...

China Bankrolled Massive Borrowing Among Africa’s Major Oil Exporters But What Happens Now That Crude Prices Have Crashed?

Consider that on Thursday, February 20th, the price of a barrel of Angolan Cabinda oil was $62.19. Yesterday, just 26 days later, the price had fallen by almost half to $32.21. Given the fact that this is ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

How a Port Expansion in a Tiny, Self-Declared African Country Reverberates Around the World

One of the key discussions in the run-up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit is whether China is stepping away from funding large-scale infrastructure projects like roads and ports. 

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Chinese Concessional Loans are Going to Look a Lot More Attractive to African Borrowers Now that Eurobond Interest Rates Are Going Through the Roof

The cost of borrowing money for a number of African governments is skyrocketing amid the worsening global economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak and the implosion of the OPEC+ alliance. Under normal circumstances, investors, particularly those in the Eurobond ...

Angolan Economy Set for COVID-19 Blow

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a severe impact on the global economy, from aviation and tourism to car sales. Already, markets have been upended, with commodities like oil being especially hit. With its economy still reliant on oil exports, Angola’s expectations to end a 4-year recession in ...