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China’s FM Spokesman Tries to Cool Tensions Over Reports of “Vaccine Rivalry” With India

The Chinese government appears to be moving to deescalate tensions with India over reports that the two Asian powers are increasingly engaged in a so-called "vaccine rivalry" related to the distribution of COVID-19 jabs to developing countries around the world. ...

African Media Didn’t Cover Xi Jinping’s World Economic Forum Speech, But They Probably Should Have

Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Monday delivered his first major international address since Joe Biden became president of the United States. Xi spoke remotely to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He touted China's success in battling COVID-19, reiterated his oft-stated support of multilateral institutions, and ...

Three Experts Reflect on China’s Ambitious New Aid and International Development Agenda

The Chinese government earlier this month published a major update to the country's foreign aid and international development strategy. The new white paper entitled "China's International Development Cooperation in the New Era" maps out an ambitious new vision that integrates Chinese overseas development ...

Background: For More Than a Decade, Africa’s Been the Top Destination for Chinese Foreign Aid

Since 2010, Africa's been the largest recipient of Chinese foreign aid, even as China's ties in Asia have grown to be more geopolitically consequential. However, when reviewing data in the recently-published white paper on Chinese international development, analysts ...

What did Xi Jinping Really Say at Davos?

It’s fascinating to read Xi Jinping’s address to the World Economic Forum and then to read the comments about the speech. What U.S. commentators focus on, and what they ignore, reveal much about the challenges posed by China’s rise to established powers like the United States.

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African Studies library, which housed a unique collection of African film, and one of the biggest repositories of historical documents related to Southern Africa, was on fire.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 ...

China Wants to Become a Major Player in International Aid

In January, China published a blueprint for how it plans to become one of the world's leading countries in international development. The white paper on "China's International's Development Cooperation in the New Era" released by the State ...