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The End of China's Non-Intervention Policy in Africa

For much of the past half-century, China differentiated itself from other major powers through its non-interference doctrine that dictated Beijing would not intervene in the domestic affairs of another country. And, for the most part, the Chinese have generally fulfilled ...

The U.S. Wants to Challenge China’s Dominance in Lending to Developing Countries. Here’s How They Plan To Do It.

U.S. president Donald Trump signed the Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development, also known as the BUILD Act, into law on October 5th, creating a powerful new development finance organization that is aimed at challenging China’s dominance in lending to developing countries. The ...

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 ...

A U.S. View on China’s So-Called “Debtbook” Diplomacy Agenda

For the past year or so, senior U.S. government officials been accusing China of engaging in so-called “debtbook” diplomacy, a tactic that Washington contends intentionally burdens developing countries with billions of dollars of loans. When these countries, many of them some of ...

How Somalia Plans To Be Heard at the Upcoming China-Africa Mega Summit

More than 50 African leaders are expected to be in Beijing in September for the upcoming Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit. While Africa’s largest and most strategically important countries will likely do very well, receiving huge financial ...
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