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China Will Import More Goods From Africa to Address Trade Imbalances, Says Commerce Vice Minister

The Vice Minister of China's powerful Commerce Ministry, Qian Keming, said Beijing will open its market to more African goods in an effort to redress the severe trade imbalances that China maintains with most African countries. Qian ...

China’s Ambassador to Seychelles Provides More Clues as to What Will Be On the FOCAC Agenda

Specific details about what will be on the agenda at the upcoming FOCAC conference have been rare. No official agenda has been published, which led observers to piece together the expected priorities based on statements and interviews with various Chinese officials. ...

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang Addressed Hundreds of African Stakeholders at the “Local FOCAC” Conference

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivered the keynote address this week at the 4th China-Africa Local Government Cooperation Forum (CALGC), informally dubbed "local FOCAC." The event brought together 300 stakeholders from cities, states, provinces, and other sub-national levels. Tuesday's event was ...

FOCAC PERSPECTIVES: Because of Everything That’s Going on in the World Today, Africa Will Actually Have More Leverage at FOCAC

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 ...

Lots Going on This Week in the China-Kenya Business Development Space

A new Kenya-China Chamber of Commerce (KCCC) launched this week in Nairobi to help foster closer ties between the local Chinese business community and Kenyan stakeholders. The new group will be led by the Nairobi business executive Tim Chen, who said the main purpose of the group is ...

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 ...