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One French Scholar’s Widely Published Article This Week Encapsulate’s Every Anxiety About China’s Influence in Africa

The popular perception of China's steadily growing presence in Africa has long been viewed with skepticism among France's political, media, and academic elites who have historically regarded the continent, particularly francophone countries, as a traditional sphere of influence. Most analysis and ...

Vaccines and the Changing International Order

The Chief Reporter for Germany's state broadcaster Deutsche Welle, Miodrag Soric, can't believe what he's seeing. China is turning the battle for access to COVID-19 vaccines into a tremendous soft power win in the Global South -- and they're doing it at the expense of the West!

The UK Invests More in Africa Than Either the U.S. or China

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was among the featured guests at Wednesday's online Africa Investment Conference organized by the UK Department for International Trade. The conference was a follow-up to last year's UK-Africa Investment Summit that took place in London. One ...

Africa’s Asian Decade

In today’s China-Africa Daily Brief email newsletter we showcased an article by the analyst and former Liberian Public Works Minister, Gyude Moore, arguing that the pandemic-induced economic crisis will lock in Chinese influence in Africa for at least a decade. He argues ...

Gyude Moore: “The Coming Decade of Chinese Dominance in Africa”

China and Africa will increasingly lean into one another in the decade ahead but for starkly different reasons, argues Gyude Moore in a provocative new column published today in African Business Magazine.  Moore, a senior policy fellow at the Center for ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

What We’ve Lost in the Fire

This weekend was a rough one for South Africa. On Sunday, the country watched as fires around Table Mountain slowly started creeping downhill, towards the beautiful campus of the University of Cape Town (UCT). Soon it was confirmed that the university’s African Studies library, which housed a unique collection of African film, and one of the biggest repositories of historical documents related to Southern Africa, was on fire. Librarians are still trying ...

The Long Journey to EurAfrica

Recently I've been trying to give my brain a break from marinading in China-Africa issues by reading the biologist Merlin Sheldrake's mind-bending new book Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures. He points out that scientists in ...

Gyude Moore: Amid Heightened U.S.-China Tensions, Europe Can be a Stabilizing Force for Africa

With both Europe and Africa uncomfortably stuck in the middle of the increasingly acrimonious U.S.-China conflict, Gyude Moore, a senior policy analyst at the Center for Global Development in Washington, proposes in a new article that stronger EU-Africa ties could serve as an important ballast ...

Do People Give the Chinese a Pass in Africa Because They Hate the French Even More, Wonders Right-Wing French Legislator

Julie Lechanteux, a conservative French MP in the European Union parliament and a member of Marine Le Pen's right-wing Rassemblement National party, channeled the growing unease across wide swathes of French society about the country's declining influence in Africa and the rise of China on ...

So the UK Now Wants to Compete With China in Africa. Here’s What They’ll Need to Do

15 African heads of state were in London yesterday for the inaugural UK-Africa Investment Summit that was hosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prince Harry. Like so many other "Africa Summits" in Russia, Japan, Turkey, and India among other places, China, although rarely mentioned, loomed large ...

France Hopes a Focus on Small Business Will Help it Gain an Advantage Over China in Africa

The French government has urged business leaders and investors at a key summit last week to be bold about investing in Africa. Paris is banking on the potential of small to medium enterprises (SME) to catch up in the race with China. But investors are reluctant to ...
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