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The Impact of China’s Financing for Coal on Climate Change and Agriculture in Africa

Back in September 2020, President Xi Jinping announced China would aim for carbon neutrality by 2060, followed by setting more ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for 2030. Such bold commitments appeared to reflect Beijing progressing towards adopting climate-friendly policies, premised on low-carbon and renewable technologies. ...

New Report Examines Where Africa Fits Into China’s Global Strategic Vision

Understanding where Africa fits within China's broader strategic geopolitical vision is something of a mystery to many outside observers. Most international reporting and research on the issue relies on English or French language materials that go a long way to frame the prevailing narratives about Chinese priorities ...

Popular American YouTuber Condenses China-Africa Relations Into a Slickly Produced 15 Minute Video

Popular current affairs YouTuber American YouTuber Johnny Harris (1.42 million subscribers) dedicated a recent episode of his show to exploring Chinese engagement in Africa. For those with a more sophisticated understanding of the topic, it will be easy ...

After Dropping AstraZeneca From Its Vaccine Plan, the Africa CDC Looks to Sinopharm For Jabs

The Africa Center for Disease Control is reportedly in "advanced stage of discussions" to secure supplies of the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine. "We are hopeful the discussion will lead to a favorable pronouncement on the emergency use authorization of Sinopharm's coronavirus vaccine. This will increase the pool of our ...

How Would Africa Have Managed COVID-19 Without the Africa CDC? The Role of China

Two types of images have dominated the global media’s coverage of Africa the past year. The first has been pictures of cargo planes packed with medical supplies, framing Africa’s COVID response as handled through foreign aid by partners such as China. The other image has been of ...

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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Inclusion Talk and Its Limits

On Friday, the official White House Twitter account posted a brief video featuring a message from President Joe Biden to the African Union. In the message he expresses support for the AU summit, and solidarity with the peoples of Africa in dealing with crises like ...

China and the Africa Continental Free Trade Area: What Role For Beijing?

The January launch of the AfCFTA has prompted considerable reflection in both China and Africa as to what role Beijing can play in this new free trade era and whether China's role will be harmful or helpful.  Predictably, Chinese commentators are ...

Gyude Moore: “The Success or Failure of the AfCTA Will Be on Us and Us Alone”

On January 1, the long-held dream of creating a pan-African free trade zone became a reality with the launch of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA). What makes this project unique, according to Center for Global Development Senior Policy Fellow Gyude Moore, is that this is ...

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 ...

Reuters: Suspected Chinese Hackers Stole AU Surveillance Video

For the second time in two years, China is being accused of spying on the headquarters of the African Union. A new report published today by the Reuters news service alleges that suspected Chinese hackers infiltrated AU servers and obtained video surveillance files from the ...
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