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The US/EU/JPN All Seem to Want to Challenge China’s Development Push in Africa… But They’ll Never Admit It

The U.S., Europeans and Japanese have all convened Africa-focused development summits in 2019 and one theme has emerged from all of them: everyone is keen to catch up or somehow rival China's dominance of the African infrastructure and development space.  ...

Q&A: Are We Heading for a China-Zambia Break-Up Over Debt? Probably Not.

For the second time in less than a month, there's been an alarming media report about China and Zambia reaching some kind of inflection point over the issue of debt. This weekend, the South China Morning Post newspaper in Hong Kong published a story with a provocative ...

Why Would Uganda Write a Letter to Support China’s Position in Hong Kong?

The Ugandan government last week seemingly felt it necessary, very likely at the strong urging of the Chinese government, to draft a letter that reaffirms Beijing's sovereignty over Hong Kong and the importance of the one country, two systems policy in response to the past four months ...

Chinese Loans in Africa: Debt or Latent Aid?

China’s lending to developing countries often comes as part of massive financial packages for mega-projects. Debt sustainability comes into question for both parties involved. Some critics warn of debt traps where China is jockeying for political influence and ownership, while other ...

Why Chinese and U.S. Stakeholders Should Listen Carefully to What PLO Lumumba Has to Say

Kenyan law professor and former director of the anti-corruption commission Patrick Loch Otieno (PLO) Lumumba first came to the attention of a lot of China-watchers in Africa in 2018 when the Zambian government blocked him from entering the country. Lumumba had been scheduled to give a ...

The Optics of Gratitude in Africa

This week we interviewed Miriam Driessen for an upcoming episode of the China in Africa Podcast about her fascinating new book Tales of Hope, Tastes of Bitterness: Chinese Road Builders in Ethiopia. Driessen is an anthropologist and spent years interviewing the Chinese workers employed on massive ...

China’s Ambassador to Ghana Celebrates Burgeoning Trade Ties but Also Reveals a Key Problem

Chinese diplomats across Africa have been unusually visible in recent days as part of an effort to raise awareness about what will likely be the world's largest birthday party later this week (October 1) to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the modern Chinese state ...

From the Soil: How One Chinese Village Cut Poverty through… Flowers?

Hannah Ryder, CEO Development Reimagined explores how one village in China, that initially grew just one crop, has cut poverty in just a decade… but will it last? Can the same be done elsewhere? Watch her vlog to find out!

3Qi: What Do African Exporters Need to Know About China’s Slowing Economy?

In this edition of 3Qi, or the 3 Question Interview, CAP Managing Editor Eric Olander speaks with Standard Bank's Beijing-based economist Jeremy Stevens about the key factors African exporters should understand regarding the ongoing U.S.-China trade war and how China's slowing economy will impact trade between ...

Ready, Aim, Fire! China’s Outspoken Ambassador in South Africa Shoots Back Against Critics in US & EU

China’s ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, helmed a characteristically shoot-from-the-hip session at a recent conference on China’s impact on African industrialization at the University of Johannesburg. Lin accused Western countries of misrepresenting Chinese financing to the continent as a trap, continuing: “Sometimes
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