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The Pandemic and Geopolitics Have Created New Opportunities For South African Wines in China

Whilst COVID-19 disrupted trade flows across the globe and pushed industries into financial trouble, the South African wine sector has, somewhat remarkably, been spared. This is largely due to wine exports to China soaring by 50% after Beijing enforced a 212% tariff on Australian wines ...

Disclose the Debt!

If you’re into curling up with a cup of coffee and an 85-page report on Chinese lending, you can’t go wrong with AidData’s How China Lends: A Rare Look into 100 Debt Contracts with Foreign Governments (PDF). One of the most striking findings in ...

The China-Mediterranean Observer: MENA Countries and the Burgeoning U.S.-China Rivalry

This month, the research through the media of the broader Mediterranean region brought forth interesting developments in Chinese engagement with the countries of the area. Moreover, several media outlets show a continuing interest in the rivalry between China and the United States, and its possible consequences on ...

The Shifting Landscape of Chinese Financing to Africa

Today we feature a fascinating discussion with Deborah Brautigam and Kevin Gallagher, two of the world’s foremost experts on Chinese lending to the Global South. The conversation provides a glimpse of an emerging landscape: how Chinese influence will shift, and how those shifts will impact the Global ...

China’s New Agreement With Iran is Important, Just Not That Important Say Experts

This weekend's signing of a highly-anticipated 25-year security and economic cooperation agreement between China and Iran was met with predictable anxiety in Washington and European capitals. The pact, signed by the visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, calls for cooperation ...

Q&A: Adding Value to Agricultural Exports to China Will be Key to Ethiopia’s Post-COVID Recovery

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is among the greatest challenges facing the global community today. While Ethiopia has had an overall successful response to the pandemic with a low rate of infections and deaths, the country has been negatively affected by global trends. According to the World ...

Example of How Chinese Propaganda Makes Its Way Into Africa’s News Feeds

Chinese propaganda dissemination in Africa extends far beyond the traditional radio, TV, and newspapers that most people focus on. In fact, there's evidence that indicates those platforms are actually not that effective at reaching large audiences, especially in Africa's intensely competitive media market.

With Herd Immunity in Sight, U.S. Wants to Challenge China’s Vaccine Distribution Drive in the Global South

There's a newfound sense of optimism in Washington that the United States government is finally well-positioned to begin large-scale COVID-19 vaccine distribution to countries throughout the Global South and challenge Russian and Chinese dominance in the space. At a ...

Start Imagining a Post-Carbon China, and Africa

Chinese total carbon emissions could peak by 2028, with emissions coming from the electricity sector topping out as early as 2025. This is according to Liu Zhenya, who runs the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization, a Beijing-based think tank. Liu’s previous job is maybe more ...

Some African Governments Can’t Have it Both Ways

African governments and multilateral institutions frequently say that they want no part of any new so-called "Cold War" between the U.S. and China. Leaders in those organizations are very quick to remind everyone that they remember the last time Africa got swept up in a Great Power ...
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