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China, Africa and the Internet, Again

The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa recently discussed African elections and, not surprisingly, the conversation became about China.  The lawmakers latched on to a narrative that the Chinese Communist Party is actively trying to ...

It’s Been One-Year Since the First COVID Case in Africa: China’s Contribution & COVID Year in Review

On February 14th, 2020, Africa’s first COVID-19 case was reported in Egypt. Since then, there has been widespread speculation about why Africa has not experienced a mass COVID-19 outbreak. At Development Reimagined, our analysis reveals there is no single ‘Africa story’, and that decisive African leadership across ...

Washington’s Schizophrenic China-Africa Debate

There are two totally different conversations going on in Washington, D.C. these days about how to frame China's engagement in Africa. Down at the State Department and even at the Pentagon, there's a concerted effort underway to evolve U.S. policy away from the confrontational approach of the ...

RIP “Chinese Debt Trap Diplomacy” (2017-2021)

Four years after Indian academic Brahma Chellaney first introduced the concept of Chinese "debt-trap diplomacy," the now widely-debunked theory appears to be flaming out.   But it had quite a run. Chellaney's idea was that ...

Exploring China’s Role in Fighting Poverty and Food Insecurity in Guinea-Bissau

Since 1998, the Chinese government has partnered with the Guinea-Bissau Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to implement the Sino-Guinea-Bissau Agricultural Technical Cooperation Project (ATCP). Operating in two-year implementation phases, the overarching objective of this intervention was to strengthen agricultural development ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China, Africa and the Internet, Again

The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa recently discussed African elections and, not surprisingly, the conversation became about China. 

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Vaccine Crossroads

At present we’re in a moment of both hope and fear. The vaccines are finally rolling out, and with them, we’re seeing a glimmer of a post-COVID world. But is that only a mirage? The decisions that will decide that answer are being made now. A ...

Vaccine Deliveries in Africa Gain Momentum With New Shipments From Covax, China and J&J’s New Jab on the Way

The world's first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines supplied by the WHO-led Covax alliance landed at Kotoka International Airport in Accra on Wednesday adding new momentum to the pace of vaccine deliveries on the continent. This particular batch included 600,000 doses of AstraZeneca's vaccine that was manufactured ...

China Benefits from the West’s Shortsighted Vaccine Policy

Focusing on China-Africa issues on a daily basis now means a daily dose of vaccine news (in lieu of an actual vaccine dose.) This morning I gamely waded into a great new Slate explainer on the vaccine crisis, only to promptly lose my mind. The article outlined ...

“Them” But Also “Us”

The recent striking images of Texans stuck in freezing temperatures without electricity and queueing for water.  I felt much solidarity with them, especially when a blackout in Johannesburg made it impossible for me to join Eric in a fascinating conversation ...

Vaccines Are the New Currency of Geopolitics

It looks like reality is starting to sink in among U.S. and European leaders that their unwillingness/inability to lead the global vaccine relief effort is going to generate some unpleasant outcomes. Sure, G7 leaders said all of the right things at last Friday's virtual summit, where vaccine ...

Yes, of Course, China’s Using Vaccines to Boost Its Soft Power

A lot of people in the U.S. and Europe are really struggling to get their heads around the implications of China's increasingly successful vaccine distribution push in the developing world. On the one hand, there's often (but not always) a begrudging ...

Our COVID Conundrum

We face a massive conundrum: while more and more global problems are coming our way, almost all our problem-solving power remains ensnared by the apparatus of the nation state.  States are inherently insular, and self-obsessed. The mythos of an imagined community, ...

Africa’s Most Indebted Countries Caught in a Vice Between Creditors and Credit Ratings Agencies

Chad, Zambia, and Ethiopia are among a growing number of African countries seeking debt relief under the G20's common framework (CF) and while that might provide some temporary relief, one of the world's largest credit ratings agencies warned on Tuesday that it's going to come at a ...

Q&A: Black Livity China Creators Explain Why African Diaspora Communities Are Growing Weary of Chinese Racial Insensitivties

Last Thursday's blackface episode on CCTV's hugely popular Spring Gala TV show is just the latest incident of anti-Black racial insensitivity in China that's prompting mounting frustration within the African expatriate community in China and the diaspora population abroad. There's a ...

Anti-Black Racism on the Chinese Social Media Network Weibo

Editor's Note: Due to the sensitive nature of this issue and the legitimate fear of dangerous repercussions, CAP has respected the authors' request for anonymity. The authors and the editor of this article are all accomplished analysts in the field of Chinese social media research and Chinese-Black ...
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