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China and the High Stakes Showdown in the DR Congo

Chinese mining bosses for years played the game as everyone else in the DR Congo. Money pretty much solved every problem. Need a permit? Pay some money. Get in trouble with the law? Pay some money. Under-counting cobalt reserves? Pay some money.

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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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Algeria Becomes First African Country to Register Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccines While Indonesia Becomes the First Country to Deploy China’s CoronaVac

A growing number of developing countries are beginning to mobilize their vaccination campaigns using jabs mostly from China and Russia. In Southeast Asia, where Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is currently on a week-long four-nation tour, the vaccine issue is the top story. 

As Angola Gets Debt Relief From Its Creditors, Kenya Hopes For the Same From China

Yesterday marked the first major development we've seen on the debt story in Africa in quite some time. The fact that Angola was the beneficiary was significant, given its outsized position in China's loan portfolio on the continent. Angola alone makes ...

The Team at Boston University Provides a Fresh Reminder That the World’s Chinese Debt Problem is Concentrated in About 10 Countries

Boston University's Global Development Policy Center published a new infographic that reveals the unequal distribution of Chinese debt around the world. They found that 10 countries account for 60% of China's global development finance. This is ...

With New Lockdowns in South Africa Threatening to Slow Cobalt Exports to China, Prices For the Strategically Important Metal Are Going Up

Investors are becoming increasingly worried that South Africa's recent decision to close 20 land ports will adversely impact the flow of cobalt from mines in the DR Congo to customers in China. President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday announced a series of new lockdown measures ...

China Evolves Its Language That Frames Its Engagement in Africa

The China Media Project (CMP), an independent research organization affiliated with the Journalism & Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong, published an interesting analysis today on how Chinese propaganda is evolving the language (in Chinese) used to frame China's engagement on ...

China’s Vaccine Push in Developing Countries Suffers Setback After Brazillian Tests Reveal Sinovac’s Shot Only 50% Effective

China's ambitious global drive to provide developing countries with affordable COVID-19 vaccines suffered a major setback on Tuesday following new test results from Brazil that revealed Sinovac's CoronaVac vaccine to be only 50% effective. The findings from the ...