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FOCAC 8 Recap & Review

The eighth Forum on China-Africa Cooperation conference wrapped up this week in Senegal. The event itself generated a lot of news but it was far from the only thing going on this week. The Europeans sought to try and upstage FOCAC ...

A New Era of China-Africa Relations

By Chris Alden, Hugo Jones, and Lukas Fiala, China Foresight LSE IDEAS As the haze lifts from Dakar, international observers are trying to understand what the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) means for the future of Africa-China relations as well as China’s ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

FOCAC’s Powerful Optics Present a Challenge to China’s Rivals

FOCAC is for me what the Winter Olympics is for a curling fan – the one moment every few years when the world briefly shares one’s obsession. So it was interesting (and revealing) how relatively muted the coverage of the triennial meeting has been this time around.

In part, this is due to the fact that FOCAC 8 itself has been slightly smaller than usual. It was held at the ...

Chinese Ambassador to Liberia Attacks U.S. Over Media “Lies” and “Fake News”

China's ambassador to Liberia Ren Yisheng used his keynote speech at the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) Annual Excellence Awards Ceremony in Monrovia to mount a lengthy critique of the United States. Ambassador Ren went through a checklist of grievances, everything from ...

Rich Countries Give IMF the Green Light to Boost Funding Through New Special Drawing Rights

The IMF moved one step closer on Tuesday to providing developing countries with a badly-needed cash infusion after the fund was granted approval by wealthy G20 nations to proceed with the issuance of new so-called Special Drawing Rights (SDRs). 

Why the IMF’s Special Drawing Rights May Not Actually Be That Special

While a number of African finance ministers will no doubt be thrilled to hear the news that the IMF is finally making progress with the issuance of new Special Drawing Rights, two leading Africa scholars contend they may want to keep their expectations in check.

Zimbabwe’s Former Ambassador to China is Sworn in as Foreign Minister

Zimbabwe's new foreign minister, Frederick Shava, is a former longtime envoy to China, ties that will likely come in handy in his new position as Harare seeks to engage Beijing on debt, COVID-19 vaccines and additional development assistance.

The U.S., China, Russia, and the UAE All Competing For Greater Access to Sudan’s Red Sea Ports

TWEET TRANSLATION:I am honored to welcome the USS Winston Churchill in Port Sudan. This historic visit shows the United States' support for the democratic transition in Sudan and our desire for a new era of cooperation and partnership with Sudan -- Brian Shukan, U.S. ...

Chinese EV Technology Powers New Green Bike and Bus Projects in East Africa

Two projects in East Africa highlight China's growing role in the region's electric transportation sector: KENYA: The Shenzhen Shenling Car Company Limited donated 49 electrified motorbikes for a new pilot project to replace gas-powered boda bodas (motorcycle taxis) in Nairobi. 

Washington’s Schizophrenic China-Africa Debate

There are two totally different conversations going on in Washington, D.C. these days about how to frame China's engagement in Africa. Down at the State Department and even at the Pentagon, there's a concerted effort underway to evolve U.S. policy away from the confrontational approach of the ...

China Becomes a Major Focus in U.S. House Hearing About Elections in Africa

China emerged as a prominent theme at a virtual hearing on Tuesday convened by the U.S. House of Representatives's foreign affairs subcommittee on Africa to discuss what the U.S. can do to better support democracy and elections in Africa. Lawmakers from both parties expressed concern about the ...