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Can BRI and B3W Co-Exist in Africa?

The Group of 7 countries recently announced a rival to China's Belt and Road Initiative. Their new Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative has prompted widespread discussion of the implications for developing regions that are desperate for new sources of capital to build infrastructure. ...

Webinar: China’s Becoming Increasingly Sophisticated In Its Use of Media to Drive Its Narrative

The Berlin-based think tank Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) recently hosted a webinar that focused on how Chinese government actors are becoming increasingly effective in their use of media to drive their agendas in both Europe and Africa. The ...

French-Chinese Business Cooperation in Africa

Last month the China-Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at Johns Hopkins University hosted a French-language webinar that explored Franco-Chinese business cooperation in Africa. The discussion was conducted in French but now CARI has released an English-language summary of the key highlights from the three ...

China and the G20’s New “Common Framework” For Debt Relief

One of the highlights from the latest G20 summit was the group's endorsement of a so-called "common framework" that would create a set of standards for countries not eligible for the Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI). Officials at the U.S. Treasury who championed the idea said the ...

In One of His First Public Appearances as China’s New Ambassador to South Africa, Chen Xiaodong Reaffirms Beijing’s Commitment to African Infrastructure Development

China's newly-arrived envoy to South Africa, Chen Xiaodong, made one of his first public appearances on Tuesday in a webinar organized by the South African Institute of International Affairs. Speaking from the embassy in Pretoria, Ambassador Chen spoke for about thirty minutes at the beginning of the ...

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The Lives of African Youth Need to Be on the Climate Agenda in Glasgow

Our podcast conversation this week with the Kenyan economist Anzetse Were was a feast of insights. Among these was her point that there is a massive lag between financing for climate mitigation versus climate adaptation. The former refers to measures directly aimed at reducing future greenhouse gas emissions that further worsen global warming. The latter relates to how we’ll adapt our societies to deal with the emissions already in our atmosphere. These ...

Lots of Great China-Africa Webinars Scheduled for October

Although we may be a bit fatigued from all the Zoom calls and webinars that now fill our calendars every week, try not to miss some of the China-Africa themed events over the next few weeks. This week, Quartz Africa Editor ...

ICYMI: The 2020 CARI Conference is Now Available to Watch Online

If you haven't been able to sit in on the China-Africa Research Initiative's ongoing annual conference, the discussions are now available to view online.  This year's conference focuses on China-Africa security relations and features a number of prominent scholars and analysts ...

One of America’s Most Prominent Economists Has a Sober Warning for U.S. Policymakers: Don’t Disengage From Africa

One of America's most prominent economists, Laurence H. Summers, issued a warning to U.S. policymakers to remain engaged in Africa or else risk ceding influence to China in what he says would be an "error of historic proportions." Summers, a former Treasury Secretary and president emeritus of ...

A Totally Different China-Africa Conversation

China is such a polarizing issue in the U.S. and Europe at present that almost any discussion on the topic is bound to become political. That's certainly the case in the China-Africa space, where webinars hosted by U.S./European think tanks, universities, and companies often devote the bulk ...

Pragmatism Not Politics the Focus of High-Profile China-Africa Online Conference

A number of prominent African ambassadors to China joined scholars, business leaders, and think tank analysts this week for a wide-ranging online discussion on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting ties between the two regions. The event, organized by the Beijing-based ...
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