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Wang Yi Begins Week-long Africa Tour in Eritrea But You Wouldn’t Know It From Chinese State Media

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi landed in the Eritrean capital Asmara on Tuesday evening to kick off a three-nation, four-day Africa tour that also includes stops in Kenya and the Comoros Islands in the Indian Ocean. Wang was greeted at the ...

Two-Day China-Africa Innovation Conference Wraps Up in Wuhan

Representatives from nearly two dozen African countries participated in a two-day China-Africa Innovation Cooperation Conference that concluded on Monday in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. Some 15 joint technology and science initiatives were signed at the event. ...

Europe Unveils Its €300 Billion Alternative to China’s Belt and Road

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen revealed the details of its highly anticipated Global Gateway infrastructure development initiative that aims to provide an alternative for developing countries to China's Belt and Road Initiative. In all, the EU aims to raise ...

Xi Wants to Reboot the Belt and Road Initiative to Become Greener and Less Financially Risky

Xi Jinping laid out what state media described as a "new vision" for the president's Belt and Road Initiative with a focus on more environmentally and economically sustainable projects. The President called for tighter control over BRI projects and for more ...

China Dismisses the White House’s B3W Plan

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin was asked to comment on Tuesday about the news that the U.S. plans to launch its Build Back Better World global infrastructure program in January. The B3W is ostensibly intended to rival China's Belt and Road Initiative.

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Big Chill

Over the last few years, we’ve seen increasing hand-wringing in Western capitals about how the money China is spending in the Global South translates into direct political influence. This week research was published that quantifies the issue.

A new report by Foreign Policy Research Institute tracked how increased Chinese spending (both loans and foreign direct investment) in African countries aligns with those countries’ voting in the United Nations General Assembly ...

U.S. Hints at January Launch For Build Back Better World Initiative That Aims to Challenge China’s Belt and Road

An unnamed senior U.S. official told reporters on Monday that the Biden administration is planning to announce the launch of its Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative as soon as January and that West Africa will be among the key priorities for what's ...

China Merchants Group Exporting Its Shekou Model of Port-industrial Development to Africa

As the final frontier for trade growth, Africa is the only region where exponential economic and cargo growth is still possible. The continent is home to some of the world’s fastest-growing economies. However, many existing African ports do not have the capacity to accommodate a growing demand ...

In Glasgow, Biden Positioned His Global Infrastructure Plan Against China’s Without Actually Saying “China”

U.S. President Joe Biden addressed the COP26 meeting in Glasgow, Scotland on Tuesday. He used some of his time to restate the broad principles guiding his Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative that is ostensibly intended to build infrastructure in developing countries but is also ...

Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Wants to Integrate the Port of Mombasa Into Overland Trade Routes in Asia

China's ambassador to Kenya, Zhou Pingjian, met on Friday with leaders from the Kenya Port Authority (KPA) to discuss further integration of the Port of Mombasa with the Belt and Road, specifically linking the port to the Gwadar Port in Pakistan that is at the center of ...

Jake Sullivan: B3W Will Show How Americans Can Outcompete China on Infrastructure

U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan (photo) reiterated what's has become a common talking point in Washington: that the administration's Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative is going to challenge China's Belt and Road Initiative head-on. Sullivan ...
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