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Twenty Years of FOCAC

It was mostly overshadowed by the debt crisis in places like Zambia, but last week saw a major milestone in China-Africa relations. It was the twentieth anniversary of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). In some ways, FOCAC kicked off a sea change in Africa’s position in ...

China Sends a Heavy Hitter To Be Its New Ambassador To South Africa

China's ambassador-designate to South Africa, Chen Xiaodong, arrived at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg yesterday to start his tour as Beijing's sixth envoy to Pretoria. Chen's appointment to the post reaffirms Beijing's view that South Africa remains its most important ...

Conservation Needs to Get Back on the China-Africa Agenda

China appears to be launching a significant expansion of its distant water fishing fleet around the world and most notably in Africa. Six supertrawlers are already docked in Liberia and three new vessels are now on their way to Morocco to ...

Now More Than Ever, FOCAC Must Absorb Shocks to China-Africa Ties

This year, the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) marks its 20th anniversary. As it turns 20, FOCAC’s role in shaping Sino-African relations has been remarkable. The forum is remarkable for many reasons. It shows China’s willingness to engage ...

Have We Reached Peak China-Africa?

The 2018 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit in Beijing wrapped up last week with the expected fanfare following the announcement that the Chinese provide another $60 billion financial package. While that $60 billion figure was the same as the amount ...

Chinese Money for African Infrastructure Likely to Top FOCAC Agenda

There is a lot on the agenda for the upcoming 2018 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit that will convene in Beijing on September 3. Leaders from 50 African states will be in town to discuss everything from enhanced Sino-African military ties, ...

Green Issues Likely Sidelined at Upcoming China-Africa Summit

Environmental issues no longer appear to be a top priority in the China-Africa dialogue. While there have been a lot of discussions about health, military and media issues in the run-up to next month's FOCAC summit, there's been little to no mention of wildlife ...

Is This Really the Best Time for a China-Africa Summit?

Longtime China-Africa analyst and University of Pretoria Phd candidate Yushan Wu joins Eric & Cobus for a lively discussion on whether it still makes sense for China to put on big, fancy and very expensive mega summits with African ...

Previewing the Upcoming FOCAC Summit Through the Media's Lens

With the Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit now just weeks away, international press coverage of the event is now ramping up. Over the past several weeks, Eric & Cobus have done a number of interviews with journalists around the world about what ...

China-Africa Policy Analysts Gather in Beijing for FOCAC Think Tank Forum

In the run-up to September's Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit in Beijing, the Chinese government is sponsoring a series of forums to bring together different sectors.Last month, hundreds of journalists and African media leaders from 42 countries were in Beijing to ...
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