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What Does China Really Mean When It Says “African Solutions For African Problems?”

China's top diplomat for sub-Saharan Africa, Wu Peng, tweeted on Friday a version of Beijing's longstanding mantra "African Solutions for African Problems." The origins of that concept, at least in the Chinese context, are actually grounded in Asia where President Xi Jinping emphasized ...

A Small African Trade Show in China Highlights Some Very Big Trends

The "Quality African Goods" (非洲好物) shopping festival kicked off on Thursday as part of a larger two-week e-commerce bonanza organized by a group of provincial governments together with China's Ministry of Commerce. The African portion of the event is relatively small ...

A Chinese Perspective on a Fellow Chinese-National Being Sentenced to 20 Years in Jail For Whipping Local Employee

This week’s sentencing of a Chinese mine owner in Rwanda to twenty years in prison for whipping an employee drew a sharp reaction from African netizens. However, beyond a pro forma statement from the Chinese embassy in Kigali, Chinese reactions have been much rarer. However, an ...

Xi Hints at Plans for New China-led Global Security Order

Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a new global security initiative while rejecting the economic decoupling championed by the United States. Xi spoke Thursday at the Boao Forum for Asia, traditionally an occasion for the announcement of broad, new policy directions. The speech gave a glimpse ...

How Do Western and Chinese Development Models Differ? Noted Chinese Economist Weighs In

While China's financing of Global South infrastructure faces ongoing criticism from the World Bank (see above,) these traditional development institutions are partly to blame for many Global South countries' inability to boost development.  This is the viewpoint of Justin Yifu Lin, ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Q&A: Africa’s Role in China’s Global Military Expansion – Defense Expert Unpacks a Thorny Issue

The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral John Aquilino, on Tuesday added to the growing alarm in Washington DC defense circles about the global reach of China’s military. 

Speaking in front of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, Aquilino said China is building capacity to seize Taiwan, and: “The PRC also seeks to establish a network of overseas military installations that would extend its reach, allowing support for an increasingly ...

All That is Solid Melts into Air

The last few years’ conversations about China’s global rise ran on a few assumptions: that China’s outward trajectory through initiatives like the Belt and Road will continue uninterrupted, that China’s capacity for overseas lending won’t diminish, and that its role as an export economy serving the Amazons ...

Leading Scholar Argues the Middle East is Pivoting to Regional Cooperation and China

The retreat of the United States is causing a ‘wave of reconciliation' in the Middle East and reorienting these countries towards China. So says Ding Long, a prominent professor at the Middle East Institute at Shanghai University of International Studies.

China’s Emerging “African Pawn” Position on Ukraine

The reluctance by about half of African countries to condemn Russia's invasion of Ukraine is now being leveraged by media outlets closely aligned with the government and the Party as a way to bolster its own position on the issue with domestic audiences.

One of China’s Elder Statesmen of African Diplomacy Makes the Case For Why the Continent Must Remain a Strategic Priority

China’s growing relationship with Africa is crucial for attaining its wider global goals, according to veteran diplomat Kuang Weilin, China’s first ambassador to the African Union, and a highly-regarded commentator on African affairs in China. Kuang spoke ...

“Good Things” From Africa Featured at Hangzhou Trade Fair

Products from 17 African countries are being featured at a trade show in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province in a bid to introduce the continent's specialties like wine, coffee, and tea, to Chinese consumers. The African Goods brand pavilion opened at Zhejiang ...
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