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Why the Neocolonialism Story Will Never Die

The revelation of what appears to be massive illegal Chinese gold mining and logging operations in rural Sierra Leone could open a contentious new front in Africa-China conversations. Or more accurately, it could revivify one of the ur-themes underlying the whole relationship: the idea that China is a ...

Xi Reportedly Agrees to Reschedule Republic of Congo’s Chinese Debts

Chinese President Xi Jinping has reportedly agreed in principle to reschedule the Republic of Congo's debts to Beijing in a move that will presumably pave the way for a half-a-billion dollar IMF rescue package to take effect. President Xi made the ...

Many in U.S. & Europe Think China’s Belt and Road is Slowing Down. Leading Chinese Development Scholars Says They’re Looking at the Wrong Data.

Leading U.S. think tanks including CSIS and international media outlets like the Financial Times have settled on a narrative that the sharp reduction in Chinese overseas development lending provides the clearest evidence to date that China's Belt and Road Initiative is "pulling back" ...

India Wants to Replace China as Africa’s Preferred Construction Partner

Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar visited Kenya this week as part of New Delhi's ambitions to become a major development partner to Africa. Like the G7, Jaishankar wants to challenge China's dominance in the African construction market and position Indian contractors as a competitive, more sustainable alternative. ...

Namibian Authorities To Demolish a Relatively New Chinese-Built Multi-Purpose Center Due to Poor Construction

Local authorities in the south-central Namibian town of Mariental have decided to demolish a Chinese-built multipurpose youth center rather than spend $54,000 to repair the building, according to a report in today's Namibian newspaper. Even though the building is ...

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How a Port Expansion in a Tiny, Self-Declared African Country Reverberates Around the World

One of the key discussions in the run-up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit is whether China is stepping away from funding large-scale infrastructure projects like roads and ports. 

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Asia, Latin America Remain Top Destinations For Chinese Vaccines While Shipments to Africa Have Largely Stalled

China crossed the 300 million mark last week for the number of COVID-19 vaccines shipped overseas with more than half going to countries in Asia, according to the latest figures the Beijing-based consultancy Bridge Beijing's weekly vaccine tracker report.