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China’s Rapidly Evolving Lending Practices in Africa and the Americas

It wasn't that long ago when China lent tens of billions of dollars to developing countries in Africa and the Americas to build vast amounts of badly-needed infrastructure. Now, it appears, those days are over.  ...

Why Chile’s Growing Trade Dependence on China Provides a Cautionary Tale to Other Small Countries in the Global South

Chile, in recent years, has been very successful in attracting large amounts of Chinese investment in the country's copper and lithium mining sectors, agriculture, and more. So, successful in fact that it's sparked growing concern among lawmakers about the risks of Chinese ownership of key strategic sectors ...

How Smaller Countries Can Negotiate More Effectively With China

China's enormous size affords it tremendous advantages in its relations with smaller countries, particularly developing states in the global south. Beijing regularly leverages its huge economy, growing military power, and diplomatic muscle in international organizations to both cajole and even coerce ...

New Crop of Wilson Center Fellows Apparently Not Interested in China-LatAm, Africa Relations

Parsifal D'Sola, director of the Bogota-based think tank Center for China-Latin America Investigation at the Andrés Bello Foundation thought that it was a bit strange that given the high level of concern among U.S. policymakers in Washington, D.C. about China's growing influence in the Americas and Africa that ...

Chinese Financing to Latin America Fell to Zero in 2020, Providing a Cautionary Tale For Africa and Other Developing Regions

There's new evidence of the dramatic plunge in Chinese overseas development finance. Researchers in the United States found that for the first time in more than a decade, China's two largest policy banks, the China Development Bank and the China Exim Bank, did not ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Tesla-fication of Vaccines

175 former heads of state, Nobel Prize winners and other illustrious eminences added their support to the call for the U.S. government to mandate a relaxing of intellectual property laws to allow countries in the Global South to mass-produce vaccines without fear of being sued. One of the more revealing details in this discussion is that the mechanism for countries to use a health emergency to momentarily suspend intellectual property rights already exists ...