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A European Perspective on China’s Expanding Military Ties in West Africa

Tom Bayes, a researcher at the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation in Berlin joins Eric & Cobus to discuss his new paper that explores the implications for Europe of China's expanding military role in West Africa. Show Notes: ...

Transport Minister Pushes Back Against Accusations that Chinese Loans Compromise Nigeria’s Sovereignty

Nigeria's Transportation Minister Chibuike Amaechi went on national television in an effort to tamp down the controversy erupting over whether Chinese loans will compromise the country's sovereignty. The issue surfaced last week when the Chairman of the House Committee on Treaties, ...

Sovereign Immunity Controversy in Nigeria Sparks Media Panic About Chinese “Debt Traps”

For much of the past week, Nigerian news outlets across the spectrum have published a series of alarming stories claiming that the country's sovereignty is now jeopardized by its various infrastructure loans, specifically on account of the standard sovereign immunity clauses in the loan agreements.

Charter Flight Evacuates Chinese Nationals From Kenya

News quickly spread that a "mass exodus" of Chinese nationals was underway at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The Chinese were "fleeing" the country, according to the meme that was prevalent in both the news media and on social media ...

Top U.S. Diplomat for Africa: “China Gets the Chutzpah of the Year Award For Their Pretend Response on COVID”

Two top U.S. officials responsible for Africa policy testified last week before a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa regarding the worsening COVID-19 pandemic on the continent and how the outbreak will impact U.S. foreign policy in the region. U.S. Assistant ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Which Way is West?

One of the fun aspects of the China-Africa Project is that we don’t always agree. The work of pulling in different perspectives means that how we see reality is itself a negotiation, drawing on our different backgrounds. For example, one of the issues where Eric and I diverge is on whether the concept of The West makes any sense.

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A Congressman’s Seething Resentment of the Chinese and Their Presence in Africa

As he left the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing last Thursday, Tennessee Republican Representative Tim Burchett recorded a short two-minute video on Twitter to reflect on the session and to express his anger towards the Chinese in general and specifically Beijing's presence in Africa.

African Countries Want to Keep Their Options Open Regarding Huawei, Maintaining a Position of “Deliberate Ambiguity”

A new map of the world produced by one of Washington's leading China analysts, Scott Kennedy from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, breaks down the world according to how each country views Huawei. Not surprisingly, the ...

The Global Ratings Agency Fitch Issued a New Note on Private Sector Debt and It’s Not Good News for Poor Countries

Poor countries, including many in Africa, are increasingly in a debt trap... not to the Chinese but private creditors. One of the world's big three credit ratings agencies, Fitch Ratings, issued a new report on Friday that clearly states if a country seeks any kind of debt ...

A Slick New Documentary Goes Full “Wolf Warrior” to Showcase China’s Blue Helmets in South Sudan

A trailer dropped this weekend for "Blue Defensive Line" (蓝色防线), a new documentary about Chinese United Nations peacekeeping troops in South Sudan that will air on the CCTV6 movie channel. It's interesting that the producers featured a soundbite in the trailer ...

A China-Africa “Wish List”

With China-U.S. ties rapidly deteriorating, the South China Morning Post's "China Briefing" columnist Wang Xiangwei mused in his latest article on Saturday what Beijing could do to resuscitate its tattered international reputation as it embarks on a new era in its relationship with Washington.