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The DRC Wants to Renegotiate Some of Its Chinese Contracts. Hopefully, for Their Sake, They Read the Fine Print.

DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi apparently wants to renegotiate some of the contracts that his predecessor, Joseph Kabila, signed with the Chinese, according to a report by Africa Intelligence.  Argentina too, like the DRC, tried to ...

As Zambia’s Presidential Election Campaign Heats Up, China Isn’t an Issue…Yet

Zambia's presidential election campaign is now shifting into high gear following last weekend's nomination of President Edgar Lungu as the ruling Patriotic Front's candidate. Meantime, the country's main opposition leader, the United Party for National Development's Hakainde Hichilema (photo), indicated that he's ...

As Nigeria’s Debt Steadily Grows, China’s Share Shrinks — Yet Somehow Lots of People Still Worried About “Debt Traps”

Nigeria's Debt Management Office (DMO) announced late last week that the country's external debts will increase to $83 billion due to $2.5 billion of new loans provided by the World Bank and the Export-Import Bank of Brazil to help mitigate the effects of the ongoing ...

The Top Commander for U.S. Forces in Africa Tries to Make the Case For Why Americans Should Care About the Continent (Hint: It Has Something to do With China)

Army General Stephen J. Townsend (photo), the top commander for U.S. forces in Africa (AFRICOM), really wants Americans to pay more attention to what's going on in Africa. "China and Russia don't ignore Africa, and that alone should say something," he said. ...

Anxiety Over Chinese Loans is Once Again Front Page News in Nigeria

A front-page story on The Guardian newspaper on Wednesday highlighted renewed worries in Nigeria about the country's debts to China.  There was no new information in the story as Chinese lending to Nigeria has remained largely flat over the ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Commodity Supercycle Blues

The editorial board of Financial Times published an op-ed yesterday announcing a new commodities supercycle. They argued that the global pivot towards climate-friendlier technologies like electric vehicles is pushing demand for metals like cobalt, lithium and palladium (used in catalytic converters.) In addition, the Biden administration’s new commitments to building infrastructure at home (and possibly abroad) will further boost demand for steel, with iron ore futures hitting record prices in Singapore this week.Where FT ...

Africa Check (Again) Tries to Debunk Misperceptions About Nigeria’s Debts to China

Concerns over Chinese debt sustainability in Nigeria have resurfaced recently due to the government's jump-starting the construction of a $5.3 billion standard gauge railway that will be built and financed through concessional lending by the Chinese government.  Also, a ...

G20 Suspends Debt Repayments For Another Six Months

The G20 is providing developing countries with yet more breathing room to repay their debts. G20 finance ministers and central bank chiefs met yesterday and announced that it would extend the Debt Service Suspension Initiative by another six months from June through December.

Disclose the Debt!

If you’re into curling up with a cup of coffee and an 85-page report on Chinese lending, you can’t go wrong with AidData’s How China Lends: A Rare Look into 100 Debt Contracts with Foreign Governments (PDF). One of the most striking findings in ...

New CARI Report on Chinese Lending to Africa Doesn’t “Tell the Whole Story” Says Well-Known Chinese Analyst

The China-Africa Research Initiative's (CARI) latest report on the downturn in Chinese overseas lending to African governments that was published earlier this week was not well-received in some quarters of Beijing. Song Wei, a well-known Africa analyst who used ...

A Groundbreaking New Report Provides Unprecedented Insights Into Chinese Lending Practices Around the World

A new report provides an unprecedented view into Chinese loan contracts with dozens of governments throughout the Global South. Researchers from AidData, the Kiel Institute, and the Center for Global Development analyzed 100 contracts between Chinese state-owned entities and government borrowers in 24 countries and then compared ...
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