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The U.S. Messaging Strategy About the Chinese in Africa is Not Working

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued yet another dire warning this week to African leaders about the dangers presented by China. He implored African stakeholders to beware of how Beijing is exploiting the COVID-19 crisis, for which China is responsible in his view, to extend predatory ...

The U.S. Tries to Present a Counter-Narrative to China’s COVID-19 Diplomatic Push in Africa

Politico White House correspondent Meridith McGraw appeared on CBS News on Tuesday to talk about her recent story on how the U.S. is becoming increasingly frustrated over China's COVID-19 diplomacy and how the Trump administration is trying to warn African countries about the risks of engaging China ...

Ahead of Today’s Summit, Pompeo Issues Fresh Warning to African Leaders About China’s Supposed Intentions on the Continent

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is seemingly trying to downplay today's China-Africa summit with yet another warning to African leaders about Beijing's supposed ill intentions on the continent. In a tweet with an accompanying video published on the State Department's French-language Twitter account, ...

China Steps Up COVID-19 Diplomacy in Africa With Hastily Arranged Virtual Leaders Summit

The Chinese government announced on Tuesday that President Xi Jinping will chair what appears to be an impromptu China-Africa leaders summit that to address issues ranging from COVID-19 mitigation, debt relief for African countries and Chinese infrastructure construction projects on the continent that have been adversely impacted ...

The China-Mediterranean Observer: Iraq’s Controversial Plan to Trade Oil For Infrastructure With China

This month, our review of the media reports published in the wider Mediterranean region focuses on the debate surrounding the “oil-for-reconstruction” agreement between Iraq and China; Sino-French competition in Morocco, Algeria, and Lebanon; the Iranian discussion about the relations with China; and continuing criticism from a number ...

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 ...