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Beijing’s “Wait and See” Approach in Kazakhstan

By Lukas Fiala and Hugo Jones, China Foresight LSE IDEAS Over the two weeks, we closely followed Kazakh people take to the streets to protest against increasing fuel prices after a government decision to lift a price cap. As the protests ...

A New Era of China-Africa Relations

By Chris Alden, Hugo Jones, and Lukas Fiala, China Foresight LSE IDEAS As the haze lifts from Dakar, international observers are trying to understand what the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) means for the future of Africa-China relations as well as China’s ...

Why FOCAC Matters Beyond Africa and China

By Lukas Fiala, China Foresight LSE IDEAS Final preparations are being made in Dakar, Senegal, ahead of this year’s Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) ministerial summit on the 29th and 30th of November. Next Monday, delegations of almost every African country will meet Chinese counterparts in the West ...

The Global South and Communist Party Politics

By Mariah Thornton, China Foresight LSE IDEAS To those of us observing China from the outside, the internal politics of the Communist Party of China (CPC) often seem obscure, like a black box. However, these internal struggles give us a sense ...

After COP26: China, the Global South and the Messy Reality of Climate Politics

By Lukas Fiala and Hugo Jones, China Foresight LSE IDEAS The China-U.S. Joint Declaration on Enhancing Climate Action in the 2020s came as a surprise to most observers, breaking two weeks of geopolitical bickering at COP26. “In the area of climate ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China’s African Debt Experiment

The Financial Times today published a deep dive into the issue of Chinese lending to African countries and what struck me was how it crystallizes some of the underlying issues that aren’t necessarily made clear in the debt debate.

In the first place, it shows that Africa’s need for financing far outstrips both the available financing options and the continent’s current ability to repay them. The Calvinist logic that underlies much of ...

Sudan and China’s Evolving Non-Interference Policy in the Global South

By Lukas Fiala and Hugo Jones, China Foresight LSE IDEAS Scenes of chaos reached us from Sudan this week, as a fragile power-sharing agreement collapsed. On 25th October, merely weeks after a failed coup attempt, Sudanese generals toppled the civilian-led government that had ...

Leading China-Africa Experts Preview the Key Themes That Will Likely Dominate This Year’s FOCAC Summit

The eighth iteration of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Senegal reflects the broadening of the relationship to include economic, cultural, security, technological, and health cooperation at a time when Africa becomes more diplomatically important for a post-COVID China. While any ...

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 ...

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, ...

Bhutan’s ‘Disciplined Diplomacy’ Between Two Giants

By Chris Alden and Saniya Kulkarni, LSE IDEAS To be landlocked between two regional giants whilst upholding your own autonomy is no easy feat – and the Kingdom of Bhutan is no stranger to the delicate politics surrounding the borders of ...
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