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China Reaffirms Commitment to Redistribute Its Share of the IMF’s New Special Drawing Rights

China's top diplomat for sub-Saharan Africa, Wu Peng, tweeted on Tuesday that Beijing remains committed to redistributing its share of the International Monetary Fund's recent issuance of $650 billion in new so-called "Special Drawing Rights" (effectively the currency of ...

Blinken Arrives in Kenya, Kicks Off Week-Long Africa Tour

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in the Kenyan capital on Tuesday to begin a three-nation, five-day Africa tour that will also take him to Nigeria and Senegal. While the worsening security situation in Ethiopia will top the ...

Howard French on the Stark Differences Between U.S. and Chinese Diplomacy in Africa

Author and journalist Howard French is promoting his new book Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans, and the Making of the Modern World, 1471 to the Second World War. In a conversation this week with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs he commented on ...

Beijing Feels Egypt’s Administrative Capital Will Prove China’s Winning the Global South Infrastructure Game

Chinese media appears to be increasingly concerned about the emergence of new competitors to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), particularly the U.S.-led Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative, which is now gaining momentum. U.S. officials say around 50 projects have ...

This Year’s FOCAC Should Focus on Development Projects That Are Both Economically and Environmentally Sustainable

Every day leading up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation conference on November 29th and 30th, CAP will feature perspectives from journalists, academics, activists, and business leaders about what they hope will emerge from the FOCAC event in Dakar. If you ...

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 ...

FOCAC Isn’t the Only Regional China Conference Taking Place This Month

While a lot of attention is now focused on the final preparations ahead of this month's China-Africa ministerial conference in Senegal, another, equally important regional meeting kicked off in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing on Tuesday. The 14th China-Latin America ...

U.S. Conservatives Are Becoming Increasingly Concerned About China’s Engagement in Latin America and They’re Using the Same Rhetoric They Did About Africa

U.S. fears of China "taking over" countries and entrapping them in "debt traps" all while "corrupting political elites" should sound very familiar to African stakeholders who've heard for years identical concerns expressed about China's engagement in their region -- only this time, U.S. conservatives are focused on ...

Congolese Superstar Cédric Bakambu Announces Departure From the Chinese Super League, Widely Expected to Sign Soon With FC Barcelona

Congolese forward and Chinese Super League star Cédric Bakambu spoke publicly for the first time on Monday about his pending departure from Beijing Guoan where he spent the past four years and became the league's top scorer. Bakambu is a free agent ...

As the World Forgets About the Debt Crisis, More African Countries Struggle to Stay Afloat Amid Rising Servicing Costs

Last year at this time, expectations ran high that Africa's largest creditors in Beijing, and among the Paris Club members were all motivated to restructure their outstanding loans to reduce the burden on some of the world's poorest countries.  Well, it ...

Why Pragmatism, Not Ideology Drives Chinese Economic Engagement in Africa

In these contentious times, China is often accused of exporting its statist economic model to Africa and other developing regions as part of a broader ideological agenda to create a new Sinocentric international order. But Tsinghua University Professor Tang Xiaoyang argues