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Stop the Blame Game: The Complex Picture of China and Coal Finance

By Hugo Jones and Lukas Fiala Apocalyptic images reach us from China this week. The immense flooding in Henan province has come with tragic human cost, a typhoon has edged onto China’s eastern coast, and Shanghai is facing torrential rains and winds. These events have already stirred discussions ...

China’s Role in Re-Energizing the South Sudan Peace Process

South Sudan marked its tenth anniversary this month as an independent country. Regrettably, though, after a decade of civil war and divided government that has left at least 400,000 people dead and displaced a third of the population, there isn't much ...

Why the Chinese Embassy in DRC Needs To Take Labor Abuse Videos Seriously

China's ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zhu Jing, is probably hoping that the fuss from the recent emergence of multiple social videos that depict violent abuse of local Congolese workers by Chinese managers will blow over. ...

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 ...

Climate Suffering and Its Complications

This week, the climate crisis became a lot more concrete. Heatwaves and fire across North America overlapped with massive floods in Germany and China. I say ‘concrete’ but of course climate change has been pretty concrete for millions of climate refugees across the Global South for a while ...

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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Moroccan Police Arrest Uyghur Activist at China’s Request

34-year old Uyghur activist Yidiresi Aishan is now in Moroccan police custody awaiting likely deportation to China after he was arrested earlier this week at Casablanca's international airport. Police say they were acting on an Interpol Red Notice, the international police group's most wanted list, based on a ...

Record EV Sales in China Pushes Up the Price of Cobalt and Other Battery Materials

Chinese car buyers are snapping up electric-powered vehicles in record numbers. In the first half of the year alone, automakers sold 1.2 million new energy vehicles and almost a quarter of a million in June alone.

New BRI Index Reveals China’s Contractors Are Bullish on Building New Infrastructure in ASEAN, Not So Much in Africa

The Chinese state-owned insurance giant Sinosure and the China International Contractors Association released their new BRI Infrastructure Development Index that indicates where they think conditions are best for infrastructure growth. There's a lot of interest in Southeast Asia, much less so in Africa. Respondents ...

What Advice is a Loan Official From China’s Largest Bank Giving to Companies Looking to Invest in Africa?

Now that China has all but stopped large-scale lending for major infrastructure projects in Africa, there's a lot of confusion over what happens next. After all, Chinese lending has been the cornerstone of Beijing's 15+ year engagement strategy on the continent. ...

China’s New Ambassador to Uganda is Making the Rounds

China's new envoy to Uganda, Zhang Lizhong, isn't wasting any time becoming acquainted with local stakeholders in Uganda. Just one day after he presented his credentials to President Yoweri Museveni, the new ambassador met with the head of the state-run (and ...

Two Day U.S.-Africa Business Summit Kicks Off Today As Part of White House Push to Revitalize Trade With the Continent

After years of sitting on the Africa summit sidelines, the United States is getting back in the game with the start of a two-day online business forum that starts on Tuesday. The gathering is organized by the business lobby group Corporate Council on Africa. ...

The U.S. Has a Lot of Ground to Make Up If It Wants to Compete With China and Europe on Trade With Africa

While U.S. corporate and political elites meet virtually this week with African stakeholders to discuss revitalizing trade between the two regions, it's worth noting just how much work there is to be done, especially in relation to Africa's other major trading partners in China and Europe.

The Conservative Argument as to “Why Americans Should be Concerned About Communist China’s Influence in Africa”

The President of the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank in Washington, D.C. published a scathing column today in the right-wing newspaper Washington Times warning Americans about why they need to be concerned about China's growing influence in Africa. It's ...

Howard French Isn’t Very Impressed With the G-7’s Build Back Better World Initiative

Journalist and author Howard W. French is among the most thought-provoking U.S. scholars on Chinese engagement in Africa and Beijing's rapidly evolving global presence. French recently joined Brookings Institute Senior Fellow David R. Dollar on the Brookings Trade Podcast Dollar & Sense to discuss how ...

China’s New Man in Djibouti

China's new ambassador to Djibouti Hu Bin presented his credentials to Foreign Minister Mahmoud Ali Youssouf on Monday.  https://twitter.com/ChineAmbDjibout/status/1419718652463566854?s=19 Hu is the second ...
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