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Zambia’s Default Sparks Renewed Concerns Over High Levels of Chinese Debt in Some African Countries

Zambia's default over the weekend on a portion of its Eurobond debt prompted renewed concerns about the lack of transparency in Chinese lending and whether weak governance systems in a number of African countries are up to the challenge of managing the burgeoning financial crisis.

NGO: The UK, Not China is the Biggest Obstacle To Zambian Debt Relief

The next stage of the Zambian debt default crisis may play out in a London court. NGOs like Oxfam and the Jubilee Debt Campaign contend that because the vast majority of Eurobonds are covered by English law, ...

Candid Perspectives From One of China’s Leading Africa Scholars on Beijing’s Role in the African Debt Crisis

There has so far been a total blackout of any Chinese online discussion, media coverage, and comment from government officials on Zambia's recent debt default. Neither the embassy in Lusaka nor the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing has commented publicly on the issue. ...

Perceptions & Misperceptions About the African Diaspora in China

The Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. hosted a fascinating webinar this week that explored the complex social issues surrounding Black life in China. CSIS Africa Program Director Judd Devermont together with Georgetown University lecturer Travis Atkins hosted ...

The Growing China-Africa Information Divide

A heated discussion about the merits and dangers of Chinese loans to Africa is now taking place in the aftermath of last weekend's landmark debt default in Zambia. Analysts, finance professionals, journalists, activists, and various other stakeholders across Africa, the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere are all working ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The West’s Ignorance About What China’s Doing in Africa is a Feature Not a Bug

Those of us who concentrate on Africa-China relations have long warned that the current framing of the relationship as a zero-sum arena in a new cold war strips African states of agency.The problem isn’t only that it flattens the complex compromises African leaders have to make to meet development goals as financing options keep shrinking. It is also that it creates echo chambers in Washington, Beijing, and Brussels that make ...

The View From Washington on the Future of U.S.-Africa-China Relations

There's an emerging consensus in Washington, D.C. that a future Biden foreign policy towards Africa is probably going to look a lot like the policies enacted by the Obama administration. Two aspects of this new/old approach stand out from what the ...