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South Africa’s MTN and Its Chinese Backers Look Like They’re Going to Mount Another Bid For An Ethiopian Telco License

South African telecom company MTN together with the state-owned Silk Road Fund of China are reportedly preparing to make another bid to secure a telecom license in Ethiopia. MTN was outbid last week by a Kenyan-Japanese consortium ...

Another Month Passes With More Appeals For the U.S. to Get Engaged in Africa… If For No Other Reason Than To Confront China

In what's becoming something of a ritual in Washington, every month or so think tanks and news outlets publish a wave of commentaries imploring the Biden administration to jump-start an Africa policy with a simple message: get in there, do something, anything really, just get going.

China, Like the U.S., Frames Much of Its Engagement in Africa in the Context of Great Power Rivalry

The United States often frames its engagement in Africa as a way to confront China's "malign influence," prompting widespread criticism over the years that Washington's primary interest on the continent appears more focused on China than on building a constructive Africa policy.

Don’t Worry America, Africans Aren’t Going to Start Using China’s New Digital Currency… At Least Not Right Away

There's growing unease in Washington that last month's launch of a new Chinese digital yuan threatens the dollar's preeminence as the world's reserve currency. Questions about the new cryptocurrency have come up repeatedly in recent weeks during Congressional testimony, particularly regarding places like Africa, where U.S. anxieties ...

Understanding China’s Outlook on Global Aid & Development

The Chinese approach to global aid and development is very different than that of traditional donors in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. While Beijing is leveraging much of the existing global development infrastructure, including organizations like the IMF, the WHO, and ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Sanctions and Anti-Sanctions

For those tracking the development (and high-level normalization) of ‘the new cold war,’ this week has been a doozy. U.S. President Joe Biden departed for the G7 summit in Cornwall with a rare bipartisan win in his pocket. His U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, a $250 billion bill aimed at countering Chinese competition in a number of hi-tech areas like semiconductors and robotics, passed with a 68-32 majority. Some predict that it could ...