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Q&A: Adding Value to Agricultural Exports to China Will be Key to Ethiopia’s Post-COVID Recovery

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is among the greatest challenges facing the global community today. While Ethiopia has had an overall successful response to the pandemic with a low rate of infections and deaths, the country has been negatively affected by global trends. According to the World ...

Q&A: Liberia’s Decision to Deny Fishing Permits to 6 Chinese Super Trawlers “Sends a Powerful Message”

After months of deliberations, Liberia's National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) announced last week that it would deny permits to six Chinese super-trawlers to fish in its territorial waters. The trawlers arrived earlier this year and immediately sparked widespread concern that their ability to catch 12,000 metric ...

Q&A: Judd Devermont on How African Governments Can Position Themselves in the U.S.-China Standoff

The overwhelming majority of African countries enjoy robust ties with both China and the United States but those relations are under increasing strain as Washington's relations with Beijing further deteriorate. In recent months, a number of African leaders have expressed their desire to stay out of what's ...

Q&A: Is China Helping or Hindering Africa’s Efforts to Future-proof Food Security?

How to ensure food security on the African continent is a major question for African policy makers, businesses and the international community. A recent report by Mckinsey highlighted that 650–670 million people in Africa, roughly half the population, already face food insecurity with more than 250 ...

Q&A: Nigerian Representative Ben Igbakpa Explains Why He Wants to Investigate 20 Years of Chinese Loans

April marked the beginning of major turbulence in China-Africa relations following reports of racism against Africans in Guangzhou. Then the unprecedented happened when African ambassadors wrote a joint letter to the Chinese government demanded an explanation for the maltreatment of Africans in China.

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Chinese Companies’ “Eat Bitter” Management Style Just Doesn’t Work in Africa

Forget debt traps, Huawei ‘back-doors’ and vaccine diplomacy. They might be the disputes that define our current polarized moment. But I’m willing to bet they won’t have the staying power of the one – the original – dispute that has haunted Chinese engagement with Africa since the late 1990s: labor.

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Q&A: “Pleasantly Surprised” Pompeo Did Not Focus on China During Recent Africa Tour

Prior to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's arrival in Africa for his three-nation tour that wrapped up in Ethiopia on Thursday, Gabon-based China-Africa analyst Cornelia Tremann wrote a column for The Lowy Institute's "The Interpreter" website where she made a series of recommendations for what ...

Q&A: China’s Role in Washington’s Divided, Confusing Foreign Policy Towards Africa

Friday's announcement that the United States government will impose travel and visa restrictions on four African countries left a lot of Africa policy observers somewhat perplexed. While there had been rumors for days leading up to the decision that Nigeria was going to be on the ...

Q&A: Growing Demand in Africa for China’s Private Security Contractors

Three Chinese miners in the Southwestern Nigerian state of Osun were kidnapped at gunpoint last week, with one reportedly shot while trying to flee. Although all three hostages were released a few days later, the abduction once again reminded Chinese stakeholders across the continent as to ...

Q&A: The Powerful Political Optics of South Africa, China, and Russia Holding Joint Naval Exercises

After three days of public relations events onshore in the Cape Town harbor, it's now time for visiting Chinese and Russian warships to head out to sea along with South African vessels for two-days of joint naval exercises. This is the first time these three navies have ...

Q&A: Chinese and Russian Warships are in South Africa for First-Ever Naval Exercises. Should the U.S. be Worried?

Chinese and Russian warships arrived in Cape Town harbor over the weekend to take part in Exercise Mosi, the first-ever joint naval exercises among these three countries that will take place this week. The exercise will be divided into two parts: a media phase that starts ...
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