Sign up for our free China-Africa Week in Review email newsletter

Follow CAP on Social Media

Listen to the CAP Podcast

ICYMI: Video Now Available of CARI’s Latest Webinar “Risky Business: New Data on Chinese Loans and Africa’s Debt Problem”

In case you missed last week's webinar hosted by CARI Director Deborah Brautigam and Kevin Gallagher, director of Boston University's Global Policy Development Center, where they introduced the new interactive loan database and discussed the latest World Bank data about Africa's burgeoning debt crisis, ...

“At Long Last, We Now Know How Much Poor Country Governments Owe China”

The team at the China-Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C, has been poring through the treasure trove of information contained in the World Bank's newly released International Debt Statistics database. "For decades, researchers have ...

Traditional Chinese Medicine is Gaining Traction in Africa. Can it Also Help in the Fight Against COVID-19?

By Chazha Ludo Macheng and Atharv Gupta As COVID-19 has ravaged the globe, governments have had to face the grim reality of overwhelmed medical systems. The impact has been morbid, with over 7 million confirmed cases and over 400,000 deaths

CARI Slides From Last Week’s Presentation Now Available Online

If you missed last Thursday's webinar by the China-Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at Johns Hopkins University about Chinese debt relief in Africa, the slides used in the presentation are now available online. Since CARI's data and analysis on the Chinese debt ...

The Chinese Approach to Debt Relief is Very Different Than That of Legacy Donors. A New Report Explains Why.

A trio of researchers at the China-Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. has published a new working paper that provides some badly-need context about yesterday's announcement by Chinese President Xi Jinping to cancel a small segment of Beijing's loan ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Why Are We Still Talking About Chinese “Debt Traps?”

My own focus on China-Africa relations is filtered through my background in media studies. One effect of this training is that I’m fascinated by the narratives that shape the relationship, how they spread and what they reveal. 

One of the hardiest narratives in the relationship over the past few years has been the idea that China is a predatory lender, who uses loans to lure countries into debt distress in ...

Acting Ambassador to South Africa Li Nan Summarizes the Key Obstacles in China’s Ties With Africa

China's Acting Ambassador to South Africa, Li Nan, spoke on Monday about the obstacles facing China-Africa relations and provided a list of challenges that he feels need to be overcome. This is not the kind of tone we would have heard from Acting Ambassador Li's predecessor, Lin ...

A University in Hong Kong Now Accepting Applications for One of the World’s First China-Africa Master’s Degree Programs

Pursuing a master's degree in China-Africa relations is still quite difficult to do in many countries given the lack of dedicated programs or specialized teaching staff.  But that may be starting to change. Hong Kong's Lingnan University announced on Friday that ...

New Analysis: Africa Doesn’t Have a Debt Problem, Certain African Countries Do

A new report by the Beijing-based consultancy Development Reimagined provides some badly-needed context for the broader discussion about the burgeoning debt crisis in certain African countries.  The analysis focused on whether African countries will have sufficient funds available to provide ...

A CFR Virtual Conference on China’s Growing Footprint in Africa

The Council on Foreign Relations in New York organized a virtual conference this week to discuss U.S. perspectives on "China's Growing Footprint in Africa." The first part of the discussion focused largely on comparing/contrasting U.S. and Chinese economic development strategies on the continent ...

Why China’s “Blame the West” Strategy for Any Negative News Coverage in Africa is Counterproductive

The enormous amounts of negative news coverage about China's relationship with Africa that followed the dramatic events in Guangzhou back in April and, more recently, the spread of COVID-19 on the continent, has led to a new consensus among Chinese stakeholders as to who, precisely, is responsible. ...
Page 1 of 3123