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Why Zambia is An Outlier Among African Countries That Owe Money to China

Zambia owes at least 18 Chinese creditors $6.6 billion, nearly twice as much as previously stated, according to a new report published by the China-Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at Johns Hopkins University. And that figure may be even higher as it ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

How a Port Expansion in a Tiny, Self-Declared African Country Reverberates Around the World

One of the key discussions in the run-up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit is whether China is stepping away from funding large-scale infrastructure projects like roads and ports. 

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Li Anshan’s “Five Basic Facts About China-Africa Relations”

Professor Li Anshan is widely regarded as the preeminent Chinese scholar on African affairs. Li, who's now a professor emeritus at Peking University and President of the Chinese Association of African History, has shaped the Chinese intellectual discourse on Africa probably more than anyone else in academia. ...

New Research Reveals China’s BRI Riddled With Corruption, Labor Problems and Billions in “Hidden Debts”

Developing countries along China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) owe nearly $400 billion in so-called "hidden debts," according to a landmark new study published on Wednesday from AidData researchers at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. These newly discovered ...

Xi’s Pledge to Halt Building Coal Plants Overseas Sparks Mix of Excitement, Confusion, and Even Some Concern

Environmentalists around the world celebrated Chinese President Xi Jinping's announcement at the UN this week that Beijing would stop building coal-fired power plants overseas. But the news prompted concern in some of the countries where more than 20 Chinese financed coal-fired power ...

It’s Time For a More Nuanced Discussion About China

Recently, I caught up by phone with a long-time Chinese friend. The conversation started off friendly enough but soon veered into a heated debate after he accused me of turning from pro-China to anti-China. I met my Chinese friend while I was working at the Chinese embassy’s ...

New Research Reveals Impact of Chinese Overseas Development Finance on the Fragile Ecosystems and Indigenous Populations

Chinese-financed development projects in the Global South are having a profound impact on ecologically sensitive areas, particularly in regions populated by indigenous peoples, according to new research from Boston University's Global Development Policy Center (GDPC). The GDPC research ...

5 Lessons for China from the U.S. Failure in Afghanistan

Chinese foreign policy think tank scholars have been studying what led to the dramatic collapse of the U.S. campaign in Afghanistan, which culminated last month with the fall of the government and the hasty evacuation of tens of thousands of people. ...

Zimbabwe Now the Largest Recipient of Chinese Vaccines in Sub-Saharan Africa

With more than 10 million doses of vaccines delivered to date, Zimbabwe is now the largest recipient of Chinese-made vaccines in Sub-Saharan Africa and second only to Morocco (22.5 million) on the continent as a whole.  Aside from the vaccine delivery ...

Thierry Pairault on What China Really Wants From Africa

French media and scholars have long struggled to understand the nature of Chinese engagement in Africa, often framing the issue in the context of their own brutal colonial past on the continent. Much of the discourse on the topic in France is whether China is the "new ...

Analysts: Chinese Consolidation in the Cobalt Sector Not Likely to Impact Prices

The Chinese cobalt and copper mining giant China Molybdenum's recently announced plans to invest $2.5 billion in its already massive Tenke Fungurume Mining (photo) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo prompted new concerns that heightened Chinese control over the cobalt sector would push up prices of the ...

TRANSLATION: Is It a Good Idea For Chinese Companies in Africa to Reply Primarily on Chinese Workers?

Few issues in the China-Africa relationship are as old or as contentious as that of labor. Accusations that Chinese companies prefer to hire their own unskilled laborers and then mistreat the local employees they do hire are among the widely believed perceptions about Chinese labor practices in ...
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