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Taking Stock of Wang Yi’s African Tour

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to East Africa and the Indian Ocean region is only halfway through, but it has already produced several interesting data points: In the first place, Wang made an oblique reference to China’s willingness to develop ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China’s African Debt Experiment

The Financial Times today published a deep dive into the issue of Chinese lending to African countries and what struck me was how it crystallizes some of the underlying issues that aren’t necessarily made clear in the debt debate.

In the first place, it shows that Africa’s need for financing far outstrips both the available financing options and the continent’s current ability to repay them. The Calvinist logic that underlies much of ...

Why South Africa Remains China’s Most Important Relationship in Africa

There was a flurry of Chinese diplomatic activity in Africa this week with Foreign Minister Wang Yi's first overseas trip of the year who went to Eritrea, Kenya, and the Comoros Islands. While eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean are becoming ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Mounting Anxieties About the Security of Chinese Personnel in Nigeria

Officials from China's powerful Ministry of Public Security met last week with Chinese diplomats in Nigeria and expatriate business leaders to discuss how to better protect Chinese personnel and enterprises operating in the country. More than 120 people, including Ambassador Cui Jianchun, attended the special meeting. It's the ...