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Q&A: Africa’s Role in China’s Global Military Expansion – Defense Expert Unpacks a Thorny Issue

The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral John Aquilino, on Tuesday added to the growing alarm in Washington DC defense circles about the global reach of China’s military.  Speaking in front of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, Aquilino ...

Building a Shared Future for All Life Along the Belt and Road Initiative

By Rebecca Ray This Sunday, May 22, marks International Day for Biological Diversity, and this year the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has chosen a theme of “building a shared future for all life.” China’s role ...

Kenyan Court Orders Government to Publish Chinese Loan Contracts For SGR

Two civil society activists in Kenya, Khelef Khalifa and Wanjiru Gikonyo, have won a massive victory in their longshot campaign to force the government to release its contracts with Chinese creditors for the multi-billion dollar Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). The ...

Southward Bound

Over the last few months, you may have seen a few changes around these pages. While our focus has always been (and will always be) on Africa, you probably spotted the odd Southeast Asian or Middle Eastern, or Latin American story cropping up.

Why Africans Should Keep an Eye on the U.S.-ASEAN Summit

Nobody would blame Africans for not focusing on this week’s summit between the United States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN.) After all, the continent is dealing with a few prior priorities: creeping debt distress in key states largely ignored by the international community, ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Q&A: Africa’s Role in China’s Global Military Expansion – Defense Expert Unpacks a Thorny Issue

The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral John Aquilino, on Tuesday added to the growing alarm in Washington DC defense circles about the global reach of China’s military. 

Speaking in front of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, Aquilino said China is building capacity to seize Taiwan, and: “The PRC also seeks to establish a network of overseas military installations that would extend its reach, allowing support for an increasingly ...

African Legislators Make Vain Appeal For Debt Cancellation 

Legislative leaders from across Africa issued a joint appeal on Tuesday for creditor nations to cancel some of the continent's outstanding debts.  The parliamentarians are meeting this week in Abuja for the first-ever gathering of the Conference ...

Chinese Vaccines Shipments Around the World Plunge 97% Last Month and We Now Know Why

For much of last year, China was seemingly unstoppable in its drive to ship vaccines to developing countries around the world. Hundreds of millions of doses went to Africa, Latin America, and Asia, and then suddenly, beginning last fall, shipments came to a grinding ...

Finding a Common Destiny in the Global South: The Role of China’s Regional Forum Diplomacy

One of China’s signature contributions to the diversification of the emerging world system is the use of regional forum diplomacy to promote the creation of Chinese-instigated regional organizations.  Starting with the establishment of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in 2000, the Chinese government has built a network of ...

Can Shenzhen’s Special Economic Zone Miracle Offer Insights to Africa’s Economic Recovery?

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every country and its citizens, though it has not impacted them equally, particularly those in the African continent. Makhtar Sop Diop, a Senegalese economist, and politician who has been serving as the Managing Director of the International Finance Corporation since 2021 wrote ...

Sorry South Africa, China’s Not Going to Finance a New Joburg-Durban High-Speed Railway

Chen Xiaodong, China’s ambassador to South Africa, recently caused a small flurry of press coverage by seeming to imply that China could be moving towards funding a high-speed rail link between SA’s economic heartland, Gauteng, and Durban, its most important harbor.  ...

The Case for Cooperation Between Chinese and Western Development Finance Institutions

By Oyintarelado (Tarela) Moses Chinese lenders participating in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) conduct business within a broader ecosystem of financing for development. This complex web of actors work in a coordinated credit space, comprising development finance institutions, commercial ...

China and 22 Francophone African Countries Talk Democracy

China recently convened an online seminar 22 French-speaking African countries to discuss democracy. The online meeting, on “The Exploration and Practice of Democracy in Chinese and African Legislative Bodies” drew in members of China’s National People’s Assembly, and about 90 African representatives. 

Does the Shanghai Outbreak Change China’s Image as a Global Public Health Leader?

By Hugo Jones and Lukas Fiala For nearly two years, China’s COVID strategy has been at the center of Beijing’s public health diplomacy, being regarded as uniquely successful at keeping case numbers close to zero. However, over the past few months, ...

Is it Possible to Keep Geopolitics Out of Development?

This week, my colleague CAP Editor in Chief Eric Olander unearthed a startling statistic: China’s trade with Africa so far this year already exceeds all trade between Africa and the United States for the whole of 2021. Think about that ...

$1.9 Billion in 11 New Chinese Loans to Africa in 2020

By Jyhjong Hwang and Oyintarelado Moses The 2022 update to the Chinese Loans to Africa (CLA) Database, managed by the Boston University Global Development Policy (GDP) Center, recorded 11 new loan commitments worth $1.9 billion from Chinese lenders to African government ...
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