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The Chinese Are Changing Course in Africa

With the rise of the Belt and Road over the past several years, China's dependence on Africa for raw materials has been steadily diminishing. 15-20 years ago when China first embarked on its "Going Out" agenda, the barriers to entry into most African markets were low and ...

The Plunge in Chinese Overseas Lending is a Big Deal. It’s a REALLY Big Deal.

Recent findings by Boston University's Global Development Policy Center that China's two largest policy banks, China Exim Bank and the China Development Bank, sharply curtailed their lending from $75 billion in 2016 to just $4 billion, was a stunning surprise. Long ...

FOCAC at 20: Deborah Brautigam Looks Back at Two Decades of China-Africa Summits

This year marks the 20th anniversary since the first triennial Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit convened in Beijing. Now, preparations are underway for the next FOCAC gathering, scheduled to take place in Dakar, Senegal -- although whether it will be an in-person or online gathering will ...

African Countries Have the Chance to Re-Envision Ties With China

New trade data for the January-October period this year confirms that China's economic rebound from earlier this year is going surprisingly well, all things considered. Exports are actually up, albeit slightly, by 0.6% compared to the same period last year and imports fell by 1.8% year-on-year. 

Upcoming China-Africa Media Forum Highlights a Key Component of China’s Soft Power Diplomacy

The Chinese and Kenyan governments will hold a media conference next week in Nairobi that's part of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) action plan. While a lot of U.S. and European observers dismiss these kinds of events as mere propaganda exercises, they're often enthusiastically embraced by ...

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 ...
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