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Wang Yi Gives Boost to Abiy With Official Visit to Ethiopia

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made a bold diplomatic statement with a previously unannounced visit to Ethiopia. The trip was seemingly intended to send a strong message of support to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and, at the same time, rebuke mounting Western pressure against Addis Ababa.

FOCAC’s Powerful Optics Present a Challenge to China’s Rivals

FOCAC is for me what the Winter Olympics is for a curling fan – the one moment every few years when the world briefly shares one’s obsession. So it was interesting (and revealing) how relatively muted the coverage of the triennial meeting has been this time around. ...

Why China will Probably Sidestep Calls for Sahel Involvement

The Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) kicked off in Dakar, Senegal with huge expectations. As usual, there was a lot of talk about trade, investment, and other perennial Africa-China discussion points. More surprising was the call from Senegalese Foreign Minister ...

Why Policymakers in the U.S. and Europe Should Feel Nervous After Xi’s FOCAC Speech

It's unlikely that many people in either Washington or Brussels paid that much attention to Chinese President Xi Jinping's keynote address on Monday at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation conference. Except for news agencies like Reuters and Bloomberg, no major U.S. newspaper, news site, or television network ...

FOCAC 8: Building Africa-China Relations That Are More Profitable for Africa

This column was written by CORA, the Collective for the Renewal of Africa, based in Dakar. CORA brings together over 100 researchers and scientists, writers, and artists from across Africa and the diaspora.  The Africa-China Summit currently taking place in Dakar will close ...

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FOCAC’s Powerful Optics Present a Challenge to China’s Rivals

FOCAC is for me what the Winter Olympics is for a curling fan – the one moment every few years when the world briefly shares one’s obsession. So it was interesting (and revealing) how relatively muted the coverage of the triennial meeting has been this time around.

In part, this is due to the fact that FOCAC 8 itself has been slightly smaller than usual. It was held at the ...

Chinese State Media and Ethiopian Twitter Are Gleefully Comparing How Wang and Blinken Handled Ethiopia

Wang Yi's surprise visit to Ethiopia on Wednesday sparked an online meme among Chinese state media staff and Ethiopian Twitter users about the stark difference between how U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken addressed the Ethiopian crisis and the Chinese Foreign Minister's approach.

A French Government-owned TV Network Published a Racist Political Cartoon About China’s Vaccine Pledge to Africa

It's remarkable that in 2021, no one in the editorial department at the French television network TV5Monde thought that publishing a political cartoon featuring a black African character with a spear and shield might be considered a bit, well, racist. And, apparently, no one on the broadcaster's ...

Europe Unveils Its €300 Billion Alternative to China’s Belt and Road

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen revealed the details of its highly anticipated Global Gateway infrastructure development initiative that aims to provide an alternative for developing countries to China's Belt and Road Initiative. In all, the EU aims to raise ...

No, Uganda’s Entebbe International Airport Was Not Re-Branded “China Ebb International Airport”

There have been all sorts of rumors, misinformation, and outright fake news circulating over the past two weeks about the fate of the Entebbe International Airport in Uganda. Many have reported that the airport has been seized by China as a result of Uganda failing to repay ...

FOCAC 8 Concludes With China-Africa Relations Now Heading in a New Direction

Senegalese Foreign Minister Aïssata Tall Sall brought this week's Forum on China-Africa Cooperation ministerial conference to a close on Tuesday at a press briefing with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.  Sall conveyed what appears to be the consensus among attendees, both African ...

Did China’s FOCAC Financial Package Go Down? Stay the Same? Or Go Up? It’s Too Early to Tell

The main story from this year's FOCAC, at least according to Bloomberg and the Financial Times, is that "debt traps" and "debt concerns" prompted China to scale back the size of its financial assistance package. The ...

Surprise That China Did Not Commit More of Its IMF Special Drawing Rights Allocation to Africa

Chinese President Xi Jinping's pledge to reallocate $10 billion to African countries of its estimated $40 billion of Special Drawing Rights (SDR) that it received from the International Monetary Fund took some by surprise as being a bit, well, cheap.  "What ...

China is Going to Force Other Donor Countries to Up Their Game When It Comes to Vaccine Shipments to Africa

China's FOCAC pledge to donate 600 million COVID vaccines to African countries and to jointly produce an additional 400 million doses on the continent is going to put new pressure on other donors, namely from the U.S. and Europe, to change how they distribute vaccines in Africa. ...

The Governor in the Heart of DR Congo’s Mining Belt Wants to Put Aside Differences With the Chinese Company Sicomines

Fyfy Masuka, the powerful interim governor of the DR Congo's cobalt-rich Lualaba province, wants to ease tensions with the Chinese-run mining company Sicomines. Masuka met with Senate Speaker Modeste Bahati Lukwebo and representatives from Sicomines in Kinshasa. The meeting was an effort to try and resolve some of ...

Congolese Superstar Cédric Bakambu Gets a Funny Farewell From His Beijing Team

Congolese striker Cédric Bakambu bid farewell to his Beijing Guoan teammates and the Chinese Super League to play once again in Europe, most likely with Barcelona.  The 30-year old forward made a huge impact for Beijing, scoring 58 goals in 87 games ...
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