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Ethiopia, China and the Future of African Conflict

Ethiopia is giving us a glimpse of a set of dynamics that could come to shape African life in complicated ways. Last week, the Biden administration announced new sanctions aimed at reducing violence in the Tigray region, where conflict between the forces of President Abiy Ahmed and ...

Is China Exporting Authoritarianism Around the World?

The Chinese and U.S. Presidents spoke on the same day this week at the United Nations General Assembly with each offering a different vision for the future. Joe Biden challenged critics who contend that democracy is in retreat while Xi Jinping ...

It’s Time For a More Nuanced Discussion About China

Recently, I caught up by phone with a long-time Chinese friend. The conversation started off friendly enough but soon veered into a heated debate after he accused me of turning from pro-China to anti-China. I met my Chinese friend while I was working at the Chinese embassy’s ...

Our Haunted Moment

Today we’re featuring a fascinating conversation with the Congolese analyst Christian-Geraud Neema Byamungu about recent developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In case you haven’t been following this story, the last few ...

Update on the China-DR Congo Mining Contracts Dispute

After months of negative media coverage, Chinese mining companies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are pushing back against the perception they aren't fulfilling their contractual obligations to provide social services and build infrastructure for the local communities where they ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Ethiopia, China and the Future of African Conflict

Ethiopia is giving us a glimpse of a set of dynamics that could come to shape African life in complicated ways. Last week, the Biden administration announced new sanctions aimed at reducing violence in the Tigray region, where conflict between the forces of President Abiy Ahmed and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) have caused massive human rights abuses affecting millions. The sanctions will target all sides of the conflict, including Ethiopia’s ...

China is Stepping Up Its Opposition to Proposed U.S. Sanctions Against Ethiopia

The Chinese government on Wednesday issued its most forceful denunciation to date against proposed U.S. sanctions on Ethiopia for the war in Tigray. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian said possible U.S. measures against Ethiopian officials involved in the conflict is a "wanton exertion ...

Xi’s Pledge to Halt Building Coal Plants Overseas Sparks Mix of Excitement, Confusion, and Even Some Concern

Environmentalists around the world celebrated Chinese President Xi Jinping's announcement at the UN this week that Beijing would stop building coal-fired power plants overseas. But the news prompted concern in some of the countries where more than 20 Chinese financed coal-fired power ...

First U.S. Conservatives Thought IMF SDRs Would Bolster China, Now Some Say It’s The Solution to Countering Beijing

U.S. conservatives can't seem to agree if the issuance of IMF Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) is a "bail-out" for China, or a tool to counter Beijing's growing influence in the Global South. Sam Brownback, a veteran Christian conservative politician on the ...

Everywhere You Look in the DR Congo, Chinese Entities Are Suddenly Getting a Lot of Good Press

A noticeable increase in positive media coverage about Chinese companies and government-backed development projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that began last week is showing no signs of abating, with leading news outlets publishing a stream of favorable stories. ...

Many Nigerians Feel Abandoned By Their Government For Not Enforcing Labor Laws at Chinese Companies

This summer's death of Onyinye Onwuegbusi, a young translator at a Chinese-owned factory in Nigeria, has sparked a national campaign to draw attention to the prevalence of forced labor and the lack of occupational safety measures at many Chinese companies operating in the country.

Meet Wang Yao, Entrepreneur, Vlogger, and a Guy Who Looks Like He’s Living His Best Life in Kenya

Wang Yao 王垚 is a truly unique character who's not only built a hugely successful second-hand clothing business in Kenya but has also become a celebrity on Chinese social media platforms where he now has almost 5 million followers. Wang first came ...

China Will No Longer Build Coal Power Plants Overseas, Xi Tells UN

China's long history of building coal-fired power plants in developing countries around the world is now over, said President Xi Jinping in a short, 15-minute video address to the United Nations General Assembly. "China will step up support ...

Biden Touts B3W Developing World Infrastructure Plan in UN Address

Joe Biden didn't say the word "China" once in his sweeping, half-hour-long address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, his first as U.S. president, but confronting Beijing nonetheless emerged as a key theme.  On issues ranging from COVID vaccine distribution ...

For a continent of 1.2 billion people, the quantity of COVID-19 vaccines donated by China and other Global North countries remains shockingly low. Bear in mind that the vast majority of these donations are for two-shot vaccines, so the total number of people inoculated is around 25 million. 

Kenya Weighs Using SDR Allocation From IMF to Pay Debts to China

The Kenyan government is considering using its allocation of Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) from the International Monetary Fund to repay some of its outstanding debts to China, according to a report in the Business Daily newspaper. While at ...
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