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Why Does Nigerian Representative Ben Rollands Igbakpa Want to Review Almost 20 Years of Loans From China?

Earlier this month, on May 13, Nigerian representative Ben Rollands Igbakpa introduced a motion that was passed by the House calling for an investigation into all of the country's loans from China dating back to 2000. Representative Igbakpa ...

World Bank President Frustrated About the Slow Pace of Private Debt Relief for Africa

World Bank President David Malpass said in a conference call with reporters on Tuesday that he is disappointed that Africa's private creditors aren't doing more to provide badly-needed relief for poor countries struggling amid worsening economic conditions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. (BLOOMBERG) ...

The Geopolitics of COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis is proving an interesting case study in the impact of different ways of conducting public diplomacy. Any public diplomacy is dependent on two factors: staying on message, and making sure that message doesn't play into negative perceptions about you in the wider world. 

African Countries Sign on To Global Inquiry Into COVID-19 Origin

All African countries under the banner "The African Group and its Members States" are now part of a group of 110 countries who signed a World Health Organization draft resolution on Monday that calls for an inquiry into the origin of COVID-19.

Africa Emerges as a Key Theme in Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Address to World Health Assembly

Chinese support for Africa and other developing regions around the world emerged as a key message point in President Xi Jinping's Monday address to the World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting. The WHA is the World Health Organization's governing forum, made up of health ministers. The president spoke ...

A Popular Nigerian Political Commentator Offers China Some Sobering Advice: Be Careful, There Are More of You Here Than Us Over There

In response to the growing alienation that a lot of Nigerians and other Africans feel about China in the wake what happened in Guangzhou last month, popular online commentator Onye Nkuzi (nom de plume) cautioned that unless China makes meaningful progress in persuading Africans that it does ...

U.S. Congressional Commission Releases New Report on Chinese Engagement in Africa

The United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a congressionally-mandated commission responsible for monitoring and investigating national security and trade issues between the United States and China, released a new report on Chinese engagement in Africa. The report covers ...

The Chinese Embassy’s Response to Representative Benjamin Kalu’s Motion to Check the Immigration Status of Chinese Nationals in Nigeria

Shortly after Representative Kalu introduced his motion in the Nigerian House of Representatives, the Chinese embassy responded with a short statement, published only in Chinese, on the embassy website.  The embassy framed its objection against the motion around "media reports" rather than directly taking on the Nigerian ...

Nigeria’s Emerging Role in China-Africa Relations

One of the unexpected outcomes of the COVID-19 crisis is its rapidly escalating impact on the relationship between Nigeria and China. Several African governments have protested the treatment of African migrants in Guangzhou, but Nigeria is emerging as the epicentre of a diplomatic crisis in China-Africa relations.  ...

Representative Benjamin Kalu: “We Want to Know How Many Chinese Are in Nigeria”

Nigerian Representative Benjamin Kalu appeared on Plus TV to discuss the motion he submitted in the House of Representatives calling for immigration checks of every Chinese national in the country.   STARTING WITH CHINESE: "What COVID has done ...
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