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What’s at Stake for China in Chad Following the Unexpected Death of President Idriss Deby?

News that Mahamat Kaka, son of late Chadian President Idriss Deby who was killed on Monday in fighting near the Libyan border, has been named interim leader will likely be well received at the headquarters of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) in Beijing. ...

In Africa, Chinese Diplomats Actively Promote Their Side of the Xinjiang Story — Even in Muslim Majority Countries

While in the U.S. and Europe Xinjiang is a highly contentious issue, that's not the case in most of Africa, even in Muslim-majority countries like Chad, where Chinese public diplomacy is very active in projecting Beijing's narrative on the issue. SUGGESTED ...

Africa’s Most Indebted Countries Caught in a Vice Between Creditors and Credit Ratings Agencies

Chad, Zambia, and Ethiopia are among a growing number of African countries seeking debt relief under the G20's common framework (CF) and while that might provide some temporary relief, one of the world's largest credit ratings agencies warned on Tuesday that it's going to come at a ...

The China-Africa Vaccine Air Bridge is Open

A specially modified Ethiopian Airlines jet landed in Addis Ababa on Saturday from Beijing marking the beginning of the new air bridge linking China and Africa to deliver millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines.  The vaccine shipment on this ...

China’s Winning the Vaccine Optics Battle

68 days is all it took for Ethiopian Airlines and Alibaba's logistics division Cainiao to build a new air bridge between China and Africa that will ferry vaccines through distribution hubs in Addis Ababa and Dubai. The first flight landed on ...

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 ...

New Chinese Drama Series and Documentaries Now on Chadian National TV

Beginning today, television audiences in Chad will be able to watch new Chinese drama series and documentaries nationally on Electron TV. The Chinese embassy in N'Djamena invited Chadians to tune in and watch the shows to "get to ...

Chinese Ambassador to Chad’s Inspection of New Huawei Facility Highlights Beijing’s Growing Tech Dominance

China's ambassador to Chad, Li Jinjin, paid a vist on Sunday to a new network operations center that Huawei is building. Judging by the tweet, it seems like a rather mudane diplomatic excursion. But a look at the broader context reveals how "China's winning the war for ...

Book Review: “What Is China up To in Africa? Read This Book.”

Laura Seay, a well-known professor of African politics at Colby College in the United States, gave a glowing review in the Washington Post's Monkey Cage column this week to the new book by Wake Forest University assistant professor Lina Benabdallah.

China's Risky Oil Strategy in Africa's Sahel Region

Chad is one of the poorest, most corrupt and, increasingly, one of the most volatile countries in Africa. A recent wave of suicide bombings, allegedly orchestrated by Boko Haram, killed 36 and ...