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QZ Africa Editor Yinka Adegoke on the Current State of China-Africa Relations

There've been major developments over the past week in the African debt crisis. It appears that Angola and China reached a consensus on how to restructure the estimated $20 billion of loans that Luanda owes Beijing. This deal then paved ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

COVID-19’s Unanticipated Outcomes

The recent announcement that Zambia will default on several of its Eurobond notes, and the indication from ratings agencies that several other African countries are in similar danger are just the latest indicators of how the economic crisis kicked off by the pandemic is impacting African economies. 

But the genesis of the crisis doesn’t lie in COVID-19 – it’s much older. It lies in the ongoing problems of development itself. ...

Sudan Under Pressure From Both China and the U.S.

The Sudanese government is being pulled in opposite directions by the United States and China over potentially volatile political issues related to Israel and Xinjiang. In its efforts to move more North African and Arab countries to recognize Israel, the United ...

U.S. Link of Kenya Free Trade Deal to Support for Israel Sparks Criticism

A reported requirement by the United States that Kenya support Israel's commercial and political interests or else risk jeopardizing its possible free trade agreement with the U.S., is not sitting well with some commentators in Africa, who see a double standard. ...

One of America’s Most Prominent Economists Has a Sober Warning for U.S. Policymakers: Don’t Disengage From Africa

One of America's most prominent economists, Laurence H. Summers, issued a warning to U.S. policymakers to remain engaged in Africa or else risk ceding influence to China in what he says would be an "error of historic proportions." Summers, a former Treasury Secretary and president emeritus of ...

Foreign Policy Elder Statesman Herman Cohen Explains Why China is “Not a Problem for the U.S.” in Africa

Former United States diplomat Herman J. Cohen is one of Washington's foreign policy elder statesmen. Ambassador Cohen served as the U.S. envoy to Gambia and Senegal in the late 1970s and then later as the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs in the George H.W. Bush ...

While China’s International Relations Cool Elsewhere, They’re Warming Up in Africa

Perceptions of China around the world are growing increasingly negative. Not surprisingly, public opinion in the U.S. has plummeted and although Europe seems more divided on the issue, it's safe to say that the likes of Macron, Johnson, and Merkel are hesitant at best about deepening their ...

U.S. & Chinese State-Run Media Channels Go At Each Other in a Seemingly Fruitless Effort to Sway African Public Opinion

With relations between the United States and China rapidly deteriorating, each country's state-run propaganda outlets are ramping up cynical coverage of the other in an apparent attempt to sway international public opinion against their respective rivals. Two reports published this week, ...

The Long Journey to EurAfrica

Recently I've been trying to give my brain a break from marinading in China-Africa issues by reading the biologist Merlin Sheldrake's mind-bending new book Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures. He points out that scientists in ...

Developing Countries Have Had Enough of the U.S.-China Feud

The prevailing narrative among large swathes of the conservative media in the United States is that Washington and Beijing are now engaged in a new "Cold War." U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in fact, suggests that the current confrontation with China is actually even ...

Jonathan Fulton: China’s Proposed Strategic Partnership With Iran is “Overstated”

Jonathan Fulton, a leading China-Persian Gulf scholar, warned U.S. policymakers not to misread China's proposed strategic partnership with Iran, which has sparked widespread concern in Washington. Fulton testified towards the end of a day-long hearing on Wednesday organized by the U.S.-China ...

Facing the Prospect of Getting Booted Out of the U.S., TikTok Looks to Expand in Africa

The Chinese-owned short-form video platform TikTok appears to be ramping up its staffing in Africa as it faces an uncertain future in the United States.  The company recently posted an ad on LinkedIn to recruit an Influencer Manager ...
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