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The Plunge in China’s Overseas Lending

Getting a loan from one of China's two largest policy banks is significantly more difficult than it was just a couple of years ago. According to data from Boston University's Global Development Policy Center, lending by the China Development Bank and ...

Donald Trump’s Spectacular Failure in Africa

At the sunset of the Trump administration, it's worth reflecting on all that went wrong with its Africa policy and specifically the oft-stated effort to contain China's rise on the continent. There's really no other way to describe it other than to say that it was a ...

The Huawei Fuss and Implications For Africa’s Cyber Security

The last decade has seen unprecedented advances in technology, from machine learning used to forecast patient health outcomes to renewable energy and biofuels adopted across a range of advanced, emerging, and developing market economies. While there is much bluster about machine learning, robotics, and data science, 5G ...

How Will Biden Shake Up Africa Relations? Let’s Watch

Tomorrow, the whole world’s eyes will be on the inauguration of Joe Biden. Stepping into a moment of unprecedented domestic crisis, he will probably have relatively little bandwidth for Africa. Indications are that the Biden administration plans to steer away from the Trump era’s unilateralism. While ...

Death of the Chinese Debt Trap Narrative

Critics of China's lending practices in Africa and much of the developing world have gone suspiciously quiet over the past 6-7 months. A year or so ago, Kenyans were up in arms over erroneous reports that China was going to seize the Port of ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

How Will Biden Shake Up Africa Relations? Let’s Watch

Tomorrow, the whole world’s eyes will be on the inauguration of Joe Biden. Stepping into a moment of unprecedented domestic crisis, he will probably have relatively little bandwidth for Africa. Indications are that the Biden administration plans to steer away from the Trump era’s unilateralism. While the incoming Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs hasn’t been confirmed yet, many State Department appointments have been filled by veterans from the Obama era. ...

Kenya, China Agree to $245 Million Debt Deferral Deal

China and Kenya have agreed to a six-month debt repayment holiday worth $245 million. Treasury Secretary Ukur Yatani announced the deal during a radio interview on Wednesday when he said the deferral "will give us an opportunity and break on the kind of liquidity ...

Brazil is Running Low on Chinese Vaccine Supplies Prompting Concerns Beijing May Be Playing Politics

Brazil is running out of its supply of the Chinese-made CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccines and apparently, Beijing hasn't approved the shipment of ingredients needed to make more. Only 6 million doses out of a 46 million dose order have arrived and those stocks are ...

With the U.S. Likely to Focus Less Attention on China in Africa, Kenya’s Free Trade Deal Now in Question

Outgoing U.S. ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter stopped by the State House on Wednesday to meet with President Uhuru Kenyatta (photo). McCarter, a Trump political appointee, will soon be leaving his post now that a new administration has taken power in Washington, D.C. ...

The UK Invests More in Africa Than Either the U.S. or China

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was among the featured guests at Wednesday's online Africa Investment Conference organized by the UK Department for International Trade. The conference was a follow-up to last year's UK-Africa Investment Summit that took place in London. One ...

“I Can Be 100% Congolese and 100% Chinese” Social Media Star Zhong Feifei Tells Teen Vogue

Chinese-Congolese social media influencer, model, and aspiring pop star Zhong Feifei got a break this week when the hugely popular publication Teen Vogue profiled her and featured a Q&A: TV: You have a mixed ancestry of both Chinese and Congolese, what was ...

Looking for Clues as to How the New U.S. Government Will Approach China’s Engagement in Africa

The incoming national security and diplomatic leads who will oversee Africa policy for the new Biden administration appear poised to take U.S. foreign policy towards the continent in a much more moderate direction.  President Joe Biden and his team will assume ...

Hopefully, Biden and Blinken Won’t Take Advice From the State Department’s “Old Guard”

Although the sentiments expressed by one of Washington, D.C.'s most experienced and well-regarded former diplomats, Herman Cohen, are widely held in the U.S. capital, they're nonetheless ill-informed: 1) As has been noted repeatedly by scholars at 

Trump Administration Slaps New Sanctions on Huawei, Potentially Creating Huge Problems For African Telcos

The U.S. government informed a number of key suppliers of Huawei, including chip giant Intel, that it's revoking certain licenses to sell equipment to the Chinese telecom giant. Neither Huawei nor Intel have commented on the move and the U.S. Commerce Department 

Analysts: Why in The World Would the U.S. Want to Pay Off Ecuador’s Huawei Loans?

The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation recently signed what it called a "novel model" with Ecuador to help pay off billions of dollars of the South American country's loans to China that were used to buy Huawei equipment. In exchange, Washington received assurances that Quito will ban ...

China, Kenya Close to Reaching Debt Relief Deal

China and Kenya appear to be closing in on a debt restructuring arrangement just days before a major railway loan comes due. The Chinese embassy issued a vague statement on Monday that said both sides are holding "smooth" talks related to Kenya's debt servicing challenges.  ...
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