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There’s a Huge Difference in How China Responded to the Coups in Burkina Faso and Guinea

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian responded on Tuesday to the military overthrow of democratically-elected Burkinabé President Fas Roch Marc Christian Kaboré with a call to "restore normal order" and "resolve differences through dialogue."  Zhao, speaking at the ...

The Big Chill

Over the last few years, we’ve seen increasing hand-wringing in Western capitals about how the money China is spending in the Global South translates into direct political influence. This week research was published that quantifies the issue. A new report ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Big Chill

Over the last few years, we’ve seen increasing hand-wringing in Western capitals about how the money China is spending in the Global South translates into direct political influence. This week research was published that quantifies the issue.

A new report by Foreign Policy Research Institute tracked how increased Chinese spending (both loans and foreign direct investment) in African countries aligns with those countries’ voting in the United Nations General Assembly ...

Report: Increased Chinese Economic Engagement in Africa Has Led to Enhanced Political Alignment

China is realizing significant political dividends from its steadily rising economic engagement in Africa over the past two decades, according to new findings by a trio of scholars in the United States. The researchers, Carla D. Jones, Hermann ...

Wang Yi’s Recent Tour of East African and Indian Ocean States Provokes Anxiety Among Indian Analysts

India has long regarded the larger Indian Ocean region and portions of East Africa as within its traditional sphere of influence, at least in relation to China. So, it's not surprising that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's trip earlier this month to five countries in both regions ...

Howard W. French on the Similarities (and Differences) Between the Soviet Union’s Advances in Africa and China’s Engagement Today

Author and journalist Howard W. French prompted a lively discussion on Twitter this week following the publication of his weekly World Politics Review column that drew parallels between the Soviet Union's embrace of Africa during the Cold War with China's present-day engagement. ...

Beijing’s “Wait and See” Approach in Kazakhstan

By Lukas Fiala and Hugo Jones, China Foresight LSE IDEAS Over the two weeks, we closely followed Kazakh people take to the streets to protest against increasing fuel prices after a government decision to lift a price cap. As the protests ...

It’s Difficult to Overstate Just How Much the “Debt Trap” Accusation Irks Chinese Officials

Wu Peng, China's top diplomat for sub-Saharan Africa, on Wednesday posted a tweet that featured a week-old video of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari defending his decision to borrow from China. Wu didn't include any other reference in ...

Kenyatta to China’s Critics: “We Don’t Need Lectures”

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta hit back at critics of China's presence in Africa, presenting Beijing as a welcome alternative to Africa's legacy partners in the U.S. and Europe that too often, he said, lectured African countries and dictated the terms of engagement. 

Following Its Rather Dismal Coverage of FOCAC, the BBC Goes Back to Basics For Wang’s Africa Tour

The BBC used the occasion of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's three-nation African tour last week to reset its coverage of China-Africa relations. This follows a dismal performance during last December's FOCAC conference, when it sparked international criticism for poorly editing the comments of ...

This Was Was Likely be the Last Time Wang and Kenyatta Meet in Their Current Roles, Ending a 9-Year Professional Relationship

Thursday's meeting between Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the State House in Mombasa will likely be their last in their current roles, bringing to a close a professional relationship that dates back to at least 2013 when they both ascended ...

Wang Yi’s Visit to Eritrea Was Symbolically Important But Produced Few Tangible Outcomes

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (left) wrapped up his brief visit to Eritrea on Wednesday by signing a broadly-worded joint statement with his counterpart Osman Saleh (right). The statement was largely boilerplate, with the usual references to "mutual support" and ...

Was a Chinese Mine in the DR Congo Looted After the President Paid a Visit? The Mining Minister Says No, But Video Says Otherwise

The DR Congo's Mining Minister Antoinette N'samba is trying to quell accusations that the Chinese-owned Anhui Mining Investment Company (SACIM) was ransacked by looters last week after she and President Félix Tshisekedi visited the facility in the central Kasai Oriental province. Soon after ...
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