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New Stats Reveal China-Africa Trade, Aid Flows Rose in 2019, But FDI Kept Falling

Researchers at the China-Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. published a highly-anticipated update on Wednesday to their data sets that track Chinese economic engagement with the continent. The new figures for 2019 can't be summed up in a single, simple ...

10 Issues That Will Shape China-Africa Relations in 2021

1. VACCINES: With the U.S., EU on the Sidelines, China's Vaccine Distribution in Africa Could Produce Huge Geopolitical Dividends China is building a COVID-19 vaccine distribution pipeline in Africa including a cold-chain air bridge from Shenzhen, a distribution hub in ...

Rise of Special Economic Zones in Africa: Can Agricultural Processing Be the Next SEZ Success Story?

By Sophia Kladaki and Jing Cai, Research Analysts at Development Reimagined “There is no one model of development” is one of the key principles, we, the team at Development Reimagined, try to champion when looking at key issues of economic growth ...

Billions of New FDI Flowing Into West Africa. Where’s the Chinese Money Going?

$1.46 billion of new foreign direct investment made its way to Nigeria in the third quarter of 2020, according to new data from the National Bureau of Statistics, but very little is coming from China. In fact, China (ex Hong Kong) wasn't among the list ...

How U.S.-Africa Policy Is Adapting To Competition With China

Recently, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center and the Policy Center for the New South launched a pair of reports on external power competition in Africa, with one focused on traditional powers and the other on emerging powers in the region. One ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Unpacking the Chinese Government’s New Development Vision

This weekend the Chinese government released a new white paper on development. It comes in unassuming guise – it’s basically a MS Word Doc with the workaday title of China’s International Development Cooperation in the New Era. But in its own way it’s eye-popping.If (like me) you have an irrational fetish for long lists of country names, this document is for you. The bulk of the white paper outlines the different kinds of ...

Report: Chinese FDI Trends in the COVID-19 Era Raise Implications for BRI Partner Countries

The London-based think tank Overseas Development Institute published its first Economic Pulse report detailing Chinese overseas investment patterns during the pandemic and what the implications are for countries along the Belt and Road. The report contains a mix of ...

Conflict in Ethiopia Adds to Uncertainty Over the Stability of Chinese Investments in the Country

Veteran China journalist Mark K. Magsted's documentary podcast series "On China's Silk Road" featured an in-depth analysis in its latest episode, posted on Friday, about Chinese investments in Ethiopia and the new risks presented by the conflict in the Tigray region: ...

Africa and the China-Less Recovery

African policymakers will soon look back at the past ten years - the pre-COVID-era - with rosy nostalgia. How wonderful it was to sit under the Chinese tree and watch the fruits of loans, trade, and investment all fall with abundance.  ...

Many Kenyans Surprised and Somewhat Perturbed That the Chinese Contractor Building the Nairobi Expressway is Going to Make a LOT of Money

The China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), a Chinese state-owned construction company, is forecast to earn almost a billion dollars in profits over the 27 years that it will operate the new Nairobi Expressway that's now under construction.  Details of the ...

A Pair of Chinese Provinces Move to Boost Ties With Kenya, Rwanda

One of the big misperceptions about China's economic engagement in Africa is that the central government in Beijing and its state-owned enterprises are the only Chinese actors on the continent. A pair of announcements this week highlight the large and growing role that Chinese provinces play in ...
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