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Senegalese and Chinese Officials Meet to Plan This Year’s Upcoming China-Africa Summit

Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Deng Li and the Senegalese President's Chief Foreign Affairs Adviser Dunbar Ba met virtually on Friday to discuss plans for the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Summit that will be held sometime later this year in Dakar. Precisely ...

G20 Wraps Up Summit With Lots of Promises But Very Little Concrete Action on Debt Relief

Debt relief for the world's poorest countries was high on the agenda at this weekend's Group of 20 summit organized by Saudi Arabia. The conference ended on Sunday with what's become standard promises to expand its Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) and calls ...

Let’s Stop Pretending the G20 Actually Matters Anymore

The Group of 20 wrapped up yet another high-profile summit on Sunday that will once again disappoint anyone looking to the world's wealthiest countries for leadership in resolving the developing world's burgeoning debt crisis. The final communiqué basically repeated the same, ...

If Europe Wants to Remain Relevant in Africa, It Has to Show Up

The European Union's foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, declared this week that 2021 is going to be “the Africa year for the European Union!”  Yes, this is the same Josep Borrell who back in March 

What It Takes To Compete Against the Chinese in Africa

Remember all those exciting Africa summits that took place last year? The Russians and Turks each had one, as did the Europeans, and the Japanese. At one point it seemed kind ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Vaccine Crossroads

At present we’re in a moment of both hope and fear. The vaccines are finally rolling out, and with them, we’re seeing a glimmer of a post-COVID world. But is that only a mirage? The decisions that will decide that answer are being made now. A key one will be how to get a global rollout to happen faster. The longer it takes, and the more piecemeal it is, the more ...

Chinese, Arab Foreign Ministers Wrap Up Uneventful Low Key Forum

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi met on Monday with his counterparts from North Africa, the Mideast, and the Gulf for a surprisingly low-key online ministerial conference. The 9th ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum, comparable to the Forum on China Africa Cooperation, was co-hosted by Jordanian ...

Will China Use Today’s Summit With Arab Leaders to Promote Its Policies in Xinjiang?

Arab and Chinese leaders will meet today via video conference to take part in the 9th Ministerial China-Arab States Cooperation Forum, a similar grouping to that of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). While Chinese support for Arab and Gulf States' efforts to mitigate ...

A Not-So-Extraordinary Summit

This week's 'Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity against COVID-19' was largely uneventful. The initiatives announced in President Xi Jinping's address were either projects that had already been announced before (China building the Africa CDC, which will now be accelerated) or long-term Chinese standard operating procedure ...

“Nothing New Here” Concludes Leading China Scholar About Xi Jinping’s African Debt Cancellation Offer

Mariana Rudyak, a prominent China scholar at the University of Heidelberg in Germany who specializes in Chinese foreign aid, provided a short assessment of President Xi Jinping's announcement that Beijing would cancel interest-free loans due before the end of the year.

Xi Jinping Bolsters China’s COVID-19 Diplomacy in Africa With Virtual Leaders Summit

Xi Jinping delivered the keynote address at a hastily arranged virtual African leaders summit on Wednesday where the Chinese president reaffirmed Beijing's commitment to provide financial and material support to combat the pandemic. There was very little new information contained in ...
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