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Renewed Calls For Chinese Debt Relief as Wang Yi Wraps Up Africa & Indian Ocean Tour in Sri Lanka

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi concluded his week-long, five-nation tour of East Africa and Indian Ocean states on Sunday in Sri Lanka, where he held talks with Prime Minister Malina Rajapaksa and his brother President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The politically sensitive issue ...

Kenyatta to China’s Critics: “We Don’t Need Lectures”

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta hit back at critics of China's presence in Africa, presenting Beijing as a welcome alternative to Africa's legacy partners in the U.S. and Europe that too often, he said, lectured African countries and dictated the terms of engagement. 

Fact-Checking a Kenyan MP’s Assertions About the Risks of Borrowing From China

Kenya's former majority speaker and current MP from the northeastern city of Garissa, Aden Duale, is not a big fan of China...to say the least. He took to Twitter during Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit last week to tell his 650,000 followers how Africa's ...

Following Its Rather Dismal Coverage of FOCAC, the BBC Goes Back to Basics For Wang’s Africa Tour

The BBC used the occasion of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's three-nation African tour last week to reset its coverage of China-Africa relations. This follows a dismal performance during last December's FOCAC conference, when it sparked international criticism for poorly editing the comments of ...

China Wants to Play a Bigger Diplomatic Role in the Horn of Africa, Setting Up Potential Confrontation With the U.S.

It was a remarkable coincidence that both the United States and China announced the appointments of special envoys for Ethiopia... on the same day. The State Department on Thursday said it will replace Jeffrey Feltman after ...

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 ...