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The Colonial Connection to Chinese Labor Disputes in Africa

The last year or so has seen a constant drip-drip-drip of social media videos showing Chinese managers abusing African workers. The trend has understandably cast a harsh light on Africa-China labor relations. To my mind, the resultant framing of Chinese labor practices in Africa as neo-colonial is ...

Erdogan Tours Africa Sounding a Lot Like a Chinese President

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday, the second leg of his three-nation, four-day tour of Africa. While the primary focus of his visit to Nigeria will be to foster closer commercial ties with Ankara's largest trading partner on the continent, the ...

China’s Climate Role in the Global South

I don't know about you, but I'm suffering from COP26 stress. There's so much riding on the global climate summit happening in Glasgow at the end of the month that it's sometimes difficult to remember we face a few other pressing issues too. 

African Countries At Risk From China’s Economic Deceleration

The South African rand has long served as a sort of early warning system for investors to gauge the impact of Chinese economic news. And yesterday, the alarms sounded as the value of the South African currency fell 1.1% in response to worse-than-expected third-quarter data ...

Tshisekedi Appears to Be Looking for an Exit to His Prolonged Standoff With Chinese Mining Companies

On Friday DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi hinted during a meeting of the Council of Ministers (the DRC's cabinet) that he wants to bring an end to the ongoing dispute with Chinese mining companies over unfair contracts. The President 

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China’s Climate Role in the Global South

I don’t know about you, but I’m suffering from COP26 stress. There’s so much riding on the global climate summit happening in Glasgow at the end of the month that it’s sometimes difficult to remember we face a few other pressing issues too. 

To this point, Foreign Affairs this week published a poll asking a stellar group of experts whether American foreign policy is too hostile to China. Not surprisingly they got ...

Will China Go Green After Going Out?

By Lukas Fiala and Hugo Jones, China Foresight LSE IDEAS With environment and climate change concerns at the center of attention ahead of the upcoming COP26 in Glasgow, Beijing is increasingly seeking to portray China as a leader in combatting climate ...

African Borrowers Need to Wake Up to the Reality of Chinese Loans

Chinese lending to developing countries has come under sharp focus since the release of several reports that have reshaped the debate. Unsurprisingly, many news reports, like the BBC’s “China: Big spender or loan shark” are ringing the alarm bells. However, I’d argue that the reports should rather prompt new ...

How a Port Expansion in a Tiny, Self-Declared African Country Reverberates Around the World

One of the key discussions in the run-up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit is whether China is stepping away from funding large-scale infrastructure projects like roads and ports.  So it was particularly interesting to see the announcement this week of ...

FOCAC Is About 6 Weeks Away. Here’s What Might Be On the Agenda

With everything surrounding the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit shrouded in secrecy and uncertainty, previewing what will happen at the Dakar event is admittedly a risky undertaking. So, these predictions are suggestive at best, given how much hearsay is swirling around the summit. 

An Important Lesson For China at Macron’s Contentious Africa-France Summit

11 young people from across Africa sat on stage alongside Emmanuel Macron on Friday (photo) and directly confronted the French President with their frustrations regarding France's centuries of history on the continent. It was incredible to watch these young people fearlessly ...

Is China Really Playing the Long Game?

By Lukas Fiala and Hugo Jones, China Foresight LSE IDEAS Among China watchers and in policy circles alike, one topic that keeps resurfacing is that of China’s ability to plan ahead. The Communist Party of China (CPC), so the common conception, ...

Q&A: How Illegal Chinese Logging Fuels the Islamic Insurgency in Mozambique

This Spring’s crackdown on illegal mining activities in Ghana, including by some Chinese nationals, and the recent high-profile incidents of illicit mining by Chinese companies in the eastern DR Congo have put a spotlight on the issue of unregulated Chinese resource extraction in other ...

Things to Know About Africa-China Relations

Two very different rundowns of Africa’s relationship with China emerged over the past week. On the one side of the Pacific, the analyst Jordan Link published a paper framed as a list of five things U.S. policymakers should know about the relationship. On the other, Li Anshan, the ...

We Got Our First Peek at B3W, But It’s Still Not Clear What the U.S. is Trying to Do

The Biden administration appears to be ramping up its efforts to get the Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative off the ground. In what was the first action related to the program since it was announced over the summer at the G7 summit in England, a high-level ...

Public Diplomacy With Chinese Characteristics

Many observers were caught off guard when Wu Peng, China’s top diplomat for sub-Saharan Africa, publicly condemned Chinese companies engaged in illegal activities in the DRC and announced the intention of the Chinese government to prosecute them at home. However, coming from him, it shouldn’t really be a ...
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