Follow CAP on Social Media

Listen to the CAP Podcast

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. ...

Taking Stock of Wang Yi’s Tour of East Africa & Indian Ocean States

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is back in Beijing after wrapping up the customary first overseas trip of the year that always begins in Africa. Wang spent almost a week visiting five nations in East Africa and throughout the Indian Ocean ...

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 ...

Fresh From His Africa, Indian Ocean Tours, Wang Yi Hosts Four Persian Gulf Foreign Ministers For Unprecedented Visit

A delegation of four foreign ministers from Persian Gulf countries began a landmark week-long visit to Beijing on Monday for extended talks on energy issues and, possibly, a free trade agreement. This is the ...

When You See This Chart You’ll Understand Why This Week’s Gulf Diplomacy in Beijing is So Important

Charts listing China's top sources of imported oil used to look very different. In 2008, according to David Shinn from George Washington University, three suppliers from African dominated the top ten. At that stage Angola, the Republic of Congo, and Sudan ...

Financial Times Explores the Current State of Chinese Lending in Africa

Last year's controversy surrounding the fate of the Entebbe International Airport in Uganda and the (incorrect) allegation that it risks being seized by Chinese creditors is the subject of a new in-depth report by two prominent Financial Times journalists, Africa Editor David Pilling and ...

Brace Yourself, You’re Going to be Inundated With Pictures of Chinese Infrastructure in the DRC

Now that the contentious contract disputes between the DRC government and the major Chinese mining companies appear to be settling, at least for now, expect to see a torrent of paid media, tweets, and countless propaganda stories extolling the merits of China's infrastructure-for-resource deals. ...

Armed Chinese and Ugandan Commandos Conduct Rare Joint Operation

New details are emerging of a rare joint operation that took place last month between armed Chinese and Ugandan commandos. The operation led to the arrest of half of an eight-member criminal gang wanted by Chinese authorities. The late-night raid conducted ...

The Social Media Managers Who Run Chinese Diplomatic Twitter Accounts in Africa Are Getting More Creative

The Chinese social media manager who runs the embassy Twitter account in Harare had a bit of fun playing on the word "Guardian" in their denunciation of a recent Guardian (UK) report that alleged forced evictions of residents in Zimbabwean mining zones managed by ...