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Tshisekedi Appears to Be Looking for an Exit to His Prolonged Standoff With Chinese Mining Companies

On Friday DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi hinted during a meeting of the Council of Ministers (the DRC's cabinet) that he wants to bring an end to the ongoing dispute with Chinese mining companies over unfair contracts. The President 

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

How a Port Expansion in a Tiny, Self-Declared African Country Reverberates Around the World

One of the key discussions in the run-up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit is whether China is stepping away from funding large-scale infrastructure projects like roads and ports. 

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Biden Met With an African Leader Last Week, Didn’t Mention China by Name

U.S. President Joe Biden appears to be taking the advice of advisors and scholars, who've told him repeatedly over the past eight months to avoid talking about China when discussing Africa.  During a brief visit to the White House by Kenyan ...

Photo of the Day: The PLA is “Under the Party’s Command”

This image of newly arrived Chinese blue helmets in the DRC provides an important reminder that, unlike most other militaries that operate under the command of their national government, the PLA is "under the Party's command" per the container in the background.

Is China Really Playing the Long Game?

By Lukas Fiala and Hugo Jones, China Foresight LSE IDEAS Among China watchers and in policy circles alike, one topic that keeps resurfacing is that of China’s ability to plan ahead. The Communist Party of China (CPC), so the common conception, ...

TRANSLATION: Smear Campaigns Against Chinese Mining Companies in the DR Congo

There is growing frustration among Chinese stakeholders over the way that Chinese mining companies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been depicted in the ongoing review of foreign mining contracts by the government in Kinshasa. The editors at the Global Mining (世界矿业) WeChat channel summarized ...

Looks Like Latin America Will Be the First Place Where B3W Will Take on China’s BRI

It looks like the U.S.-led Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative that was announced at the G7 summit in Cornwall, England earlier this summer is moving forward and Latin America is going to be the first region where Washington aims to challenge China's Belt and Road Initiative. ...

New Report Examines China’s Expanding Role in Multilateral Development Banks

China is increasingly turning to Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) to pursue its geopolitical agenda and promote alternate norms of global governance, according to a new report published on Wednesday by the London-based Overseas Development Institute. The report by Chris ...

Three Years Since Ghana Signed That Big Bauxite-For-Infrastructure Deal With China and Not One Road Has Been Built Yet

A fierce debate broke out this week in Ghana over the status of the 2018 bauxite-for-infrastructure deal with China and the fact that three years later, not a single road has been built. Opposition MP Cassiel Ato Forson, the ...

Tshisekedi Was the Only African Head of State That Got an Audience With Blinken, China Not on the Agenda

Senior U.S. officials, including President Joe Biden, were surprisingly averse to meeting with African heads of state who were in the United States last week for the United Nations General Assembly meetings in New York.  ...

CCP Quietly Bolsters Ties With Africa’s Ruling Parties

The Secretary of Uganda's ruling National Resistance Movement Party, Richard Todwong, took part in a seminar on Saturday organized by the Chinese Communist Party that is part of a broader effort by the CCP to further strengthen its ties with ruling parties across the continent.

Ethiopia, China and the Future of African Conflict

Ethiopia is giving us a glimpse of a set of dynamics that could come to shape African life in complicated ways. Last week, the Biden administration announced new sanctions aimed at reducing violence in the Tigray region, where conflict between the forces of President Abiy Ahmed and ...
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