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The Optics of Leadership in the COVID-19 Era

As 2020 crawls to its end, it's becoming clear that, all things considered, China is emerged from the year's nested crises in better shape than many expected.  While Europe and Japan seem headed to new slumps, and the American recovery also ...

Traditional Chinese Medicine Training in Mali: “A Revolution of Sorts” but Skepticism Remains

In December 2019, when the Tianjin government launched its Luban Workshop in Mali, it stood out from the Luban Workshops (named after Lu Ban, the father of Chinese architecture) in other African countries which offer courses on ultra-modern device manufacturing, high-speed rail technologies and Chinese cuisine ...

Ghana’s Thinking Small (And That’s a Good Thing)

The Bui Power Authority (BPA) in Ghana recently launched a new solar farm that's connected to a Chinese-built hydroelectric dam. The idea here is that when water levels run low and power generation dips, the solar farm kicks in to make up the difference. ...

Chinese Development Finance is Changing. We Just Don’t Know Exactly How.

A lively discussion broke out over the weekend about Boston University's new Chinese overseas development finance database and whether the dramatic plunge in lending that purportedly took place last year is accurate. Some scholars are suggesting that BU's data 

The Chinese Are Changing Course in Africa

With the rise of the Belt and Road over the past several years, China's dependence on Africa for raw materials has been steadily diminishing. 15-20 years ago when China first embarked on its "Going Out" agenda, the barriers to entry into most African markets were low and ...

The Plunge in Chinese Overseas Lending is a Big Deal. It’s a REALLY Big Deal.

Recent findings by Boston University's Global Development Policy Center that China's two largest policy banks, China Exim Bank and the China Development Bank, sharply curtailed their lending from $75 billion in 2016 to just $4 billion, was a stunning surprise. Long ...

China House’s Africa-China Dialogue: From Exploring Discrimination to Building Dialogue

By Yajie Xu, Hongxiang Huang, Hailin Huang and Yifei Zhu Guangzhou, one of the commercial hubs in China, has attracted a large amount of Africans during the last few decades. "Chocolate City" was coined as another name for areas like Xiaobei ...

China and the Dirty Secrets of ‘National Development’

The Financial Times today cited new work by scholars at Boston University on the global reduction of Chinese lending. The big story is that while Chinese lending rivaled that of the World Bank by the mid-2010s, it's now plummeting.

The China-Mediterranean Observer: Chinese Foreign Policy Tries to Keep Pace With Rapid Change in the Middle East

Turkey, Iran, and Israel were the protagonists in Chinese commentaries on the wider Mediterranean region. As always, Chinese analysts remain rather pessimistic in their assessment of the situation as they look at the region characterized by a lack of unity among both Arabs and Europeans. Interestingly, the ...

Some Unsolicited Advice For the Incoming U.S. Secretary of State

Secretary of State-designate Antony Blinken doesn't have a lot of time to put together a new agenda for U.S. foreign policy in the post-Donald Trump era. Assuming, he gets through the U.S. Senate confirmation process, which in his case is probably quite likely, he's got just a ...
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