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New Report Sheds Light on How China Will Handle Its Loans to Poor Countries

The New York-based research firm Rhodium Group released a new report today that draws on an expanded data set of Chinese debt renegotiations with developing countries. The new report, "Seeking Relief: China’s Overseas Debt After COVID-19," provides insights into how China may be handling current ...

In a Mostly Symbolic Move, China Relieves Botswana of Its Interest-Free Debt

Chinese ambassador to Botswana, Zhao Yanbo, announced yesterday on Twitter that he had signed an agreement with Botswana's finance minister, Thapelo Matsheka, to exempt a portion of the southern African country's debts so it could allocate more resources to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. ...

“Public Investment is a Thing of the Past,” Says the EIU’s Chief Africa Economist

While a growing number of African countries are furiously renegotiating their debts with various creditors, one question that keeps emerging is whether China will eventually resume lending these countries large amounts of money to build future infrastructure. The specific questions is ...

From Aid to Defense to Diplomacy, U.S. Engagement in Africa is Continually Framed Around China

The U.S. State Department appears determined to ensure that everyone knows its foreign assistance programs are very different from China's. Even though the State Department didn't mention the Chinese by name in either their tweet or the accompanying article, the multiple references to "some ...

218 Chinese Blue Helmets Begin New Deployment in the DR Congo

The Chinese embassy in Kinshasa announced that a contingent of UN-commanded 218 PLA soldiers, who arrived in the country on September 30th, is now operational. The embassy noted that this is the Chinese military's 24th deployment to the DRC since 2003.

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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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Reframing the Chinese Debt Crisis in Africa

Many African civil society stakeholders worry that China is going to take advantage of the worsening economic crisis to seize their countries' strategic assets. It doesn't matter that there aren't actually any precedents for these seizures, in the current era of "alternative facts" if people believe it ...

Q&A: What’s It Like to be Black in China?

After the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests across the United States, Chinese multimedia journalist Daisy Xu wanted to find out more about how her compatriots regard Black people in China. This is an especially poignant issue ...