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Why China’s Belt & Road Initiative is a Lot Like a Rorschach Test

By China House Fellows Geng Xingshuo, 19, University of Rochester; Yang Zimo, 16, Lee Academy Shanghai; Cheng Yin 16 Tianjin Foreign Language School China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a program which initiatives are creating fresh waves of road, rail, ...

With the COVID Crisis Exploding in India, More Countries Turn to China to Fill the Vaccine Void

The vaccine distribution dynamic is rapidly changing in response to the unfolding calamity in India, where the country's healthcare system has collapsed due to an explosion of infections across the country. Experts say the Indian ...

FT: The Evidence From Chile Says Sinovac’s Vaccine is Working

Despite earlier concerns over its low efficacy rate, the Chinese-made Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine appears to be performing well in its largest test to date in Chile, according to the findings by the Financial Times' Senior Data-Visualization Journalist John Burn-Murdoch.

Seems Like Building an Alternative to China’s BRI is the Thing to Do. Now, the EU and India Want to Give It a Try.

The European Union and India are reportedly in talks to develop a new partnership to build infrastructure around the world in an effort to provide an alternative to China's Belt and Road Initiative. If this sounds familiar, well, it is. U.S. ...

The U.S. Congress Wants to Know More About What the Chinese Are Doing in Africa

In a rare display of bipartisanship in Washington, D.C., the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 21-1 on Wednesday to move a bill designed to counter China's growing influence around the world. Next, the "Strategic Competition Act of 2021" will go to the full Senate ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Commodity Supercycle Blues

The editorial board of Financial Times published an op-ed yesterday announcing a new commodities supercycle. They argued that the global pivot towards climate-friendlier technologies like electric vehicles is pushing demand for metals like cobalt, lithium and palladium (used in catalytic converters.) In addition, the Biden administration’s new commitments to building infrastructure at home (and possibly abroad) will further boost demand for steel, with iron ore futures hitting record prices in Singapore this week.Where FT ...

The Top Commander for U.S. Forces in Africa Tries to Make the Case For Why Americans Should Care About the Continent (Hint: It Has Something to do With China)

Army General Stephen J. Townsend (photo), the top commander for U.S. forces in Africa (AFRICOM), really wants Americans to pay more attention to what's going on in Africa. "China and Russia don't ignore Africa, and that alone should say something," he said. ...

Growing Civil Society Anger in Ghana About the Government’s Perceived Double Standard in How It Treats Chinese “Galamsey”

There's growing frustration in Ghana over the government's apparent refusal to crack down on Chinese participation in illegal gold mining, a practice known locally as galamsey. This is an issue that's been simmering for years, but recently activists and commentators have become much more vocal in denouncing ...

Chinese Legislators Meet With Counterparts in Burkina Faso and Egypt

There's been a noticeable uptick in the number of engagements between Chinese and African legislative leaders. In Burkina Faso, members of the Foreign Affairs Commission from China's National People's Congress held a video conference with representatives from the National Assembly.

China to Build a New Library at the University of Nairobi

Beijing's top diplomat for sub-Saharan Africa, Wu Peng, announced on Twitter yesterday that the Chinese government will build a China-themed library at the University of Nairobi. The university is already home to a Confucius Institute. Wu added that he ...