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With So many Big Stars Now Playing in China, the CSL May Be Gaining Traction in Africa

There's been a noticeable increase in recent weeks in the number of news stories published on African media channels about results from the Chinese Super League (CSL), China's professional soccer league. A few years ago these kinds of stories would have ...

The Trains Are Finally Rolling in Nigeria

Say what you want about the Chinese but there's no denying they are damned good at getting stuff done. The sight of a big beautiful new train on freshly laid tracks in Lagos yesterday was something to ...

The IMF’s New $1 Billion Loan Package for Angola Shows Just How Little We Know About What’s Going on Behind the Scenes

The International Monetary Fund's Executive Board said on Wednesday that it will immediate disburse $1 billion to Angola to help ease the country's worsening financial crisis. What's surprising about the announcement is that until now, the IMF had indicated that it wanted to wait until ...

Malpass Surprised Over Lack of Progress on Emerging Market Commercial Debt Relief

World Bank President David Malpass called on governments, including China, to pressure their countries' private creditor institutions to do more to help alleviate debt pressures in emerging markets. Malpass is apparently surprised that investors are continuing to extract profits from vulnerable ...

Test Run for New Chinese-built Railway in Nigeria Sparks a Lot of Excitement

Nigerians got their first look yesterday at the brand new Lagos to Ibadan standard gauge railway, as it conducted its first live test run. This new standard gauge railway is one of eleven transportation projects that Chinese lenders are financing in ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

What We’ve Lost in the Fire

This weekend was a rough one for South Africa. On Sunday, the country watched as fires around Table Mountain slowly started creeping downhill, towards the beautiful campus of the University of Cape Town (UCT). Soon it was confirmed that the university’s African Studies library, which housed a unique collection of African film, and one of the biggest repositories of historical documents related to Southern Africa, was on fire. Librarians are still trying ...

Asia Society Policy Institute: Weaponizing the Belt and Road Initiative

The U.S.-based Asia Society Policy Institute followed up last week's launch of its new report "Weaponizing the Belt and Road Initiative" with a compelling webinar discussion with the paper's author, ASPI Vice President for International Security and Diplomacy, Daniel Russel, and Elina Noor, ...

Taiwan’s New Rep Office in Somaliland Donates Relief Supplies

Just weeks after it opened, Taiwan's new representative office in the self-declared state of Somaliland embarked on its first foray into African "donation diplomacy" by providing local officials with humanitarian supplies and then leveraging the event for public diplomacy benefits on social media.

China’s Ambassador to Ethiopia is the Latest High Profile Envoy to Rotate Out

China's outgoing ambassador to Ethiopia, Tan Jian, stopped by the Foreign Ministry in Addis Ababa on Wednesday to say good-bye to Foreign Affairs Minister Gedu Andargachew. https://twitter.com/mfaethiopia/status/1305948309249556482