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Barbados PM Pushes Back on BBC Journalist About China’s Growing Investments in the Caribbean

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley took exception to questions posed by BBC journalist Zeinab Badawi in a recent interview for the program Global Questions that the Caribbean country is at risk of becoming a "pawn" of China due to rising investment. Even ...

China Claims It Doesn’t Play Politics With Vaccine Distributions, But What Happened in Paraguay This Weekend Says Otherwise

The China National Pharmaceutical Group Corporation, the company that manufactures the Sinpharm vaccine, informed Paraguayan Health Minister Julio Borba on Saturday without warning that it will cancel its contract to supply the South American country with 1 million jabs. The company ...

Chile, Belarus Poised to Join the Growing List of Global South Countries That Will Produce Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines

China's drive to build manufacturing capacity for its COVID vaccines in countries across the Global South is poised to expand. Talks are now underway to build so-called "fill and finish" facilities in both Belarus and Chile. ...

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 ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China’s Climate Role in the Global South

I don’t know about you, but I’m suffering from COP26 stress. There’s so much riding on the global climate summit happening in Glasgow at the end of the month that it’s sometimes difficult to remember we face a few other pressing issues too. 

To this point, Foreign Affairs this week published a poll asking a stellar group of experts whether American foreign policy is too hostile to China. Not surprisingly they got ...

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 ...