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The Lives of African Youth Need to Be on the Climate Agenda in Glasgow

Our podcast conversation this week with the Kenyan economist Anzetse Were was a feast of insights. Among these was her point that there is a massive lag between financing for climate mitigation versus climate adaptation. The former refers to measures directly aimed at reducing future ...

Q&A: What’s At Stake For China in Sudan?

China's reaction, so far, to Monday's military coup in Sudan has been reserved, especially compared to the forceful response Beijing issued within 24 hours of last month's overthrow of President Alpha Condé's government in Guinea. But China's interests in Guinea and Sudan are very different and ...

Anzetse Were on the Current State of China-Africa Economic Relations

China-Africa trade figures for the first eight months of the year are in and they look solid. So good, in fact, that the two sides appear on track to surpass last year's $187 billion in two-way trade. But those big numbers ...

COVID Flare-Ups in China Threaten to Disrupt What’s Otherwise Been a Strong Year For China-Africa Trade

While global trade experiences unprecedented disruptions of major supply chain networks, that turbulence does not appear to have had much effect on the volume of Chinese trade with African countries, at least so far. Chinese ...

The Colonial Connection to Chinese Labor Disputes in Africa

The last year or so has seen a constant drip-drip-drip of social media videos showing Chinese managers abusing African workers. The trend has understandably cast a harsh light on Africa-China labor relations. To my mind, the resultant framing of Chinese labor practices in Africa as neo-colonial is ...

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The Lives of African Youth Need to Be on the Climate Agenda in Glasgow

Our podcast conversation this week with the Kenyan economist Anzetse Were was a feast of insights. Among these was her point that there is a massive lag between financing for climate mitigation versus climate adaptation. The former refers to measures directly aimed at reducing future greenhouse gas emissions that further worsen global warming. The latter relates to how we’ll adapt our societies to deal with the emissions already in our atmosphere. These ...

In Phone Call With Macron, Xi Pursues Trilateral Development Cooperation in Africa

Chinese President Xi Jinping urged his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in a phone call on Tuesday that the European Union should pursue greater autonomy (presumably from the U.S.) in its foreign policy. The two leaders also discussed the upcoming COP26 climate ...

Jake Sullivan: B3W Will Show How Americans Can Outcompete China on Infrastructure

U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan (photo) reiterated what's has become a common talking point in Washington: that the administration's Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative is going to challenge China's Belt and Road Initiative head-on. Sullivan ...

If the U.S. is Going to Compete Against China’s BRI, Then It’s Going to Have to Mobilize the Private Sector… And That Won’t Be Easy

If the proposed B3W has any chance of rivaling China's eight-year-old Belt and Road Initiative, the U.S. government is going to have to persuade development finance institutions, private companies, and Wall Street that building infrastructure in some of the world's highest risk countries is a good investment. ...

China, DRC Sign Three Agreements to Reduce Debt and Provide New Aid

Chinese ambassador to the DRC Zhu Jing and Foreign Affairs Minister Christophe Lutundula Apala posed for a ceremonial fist-bump at the Foreign Ministry in Kinshasa following the signing earlier this month of three new accords that will provide additional Chinese aid to the DRC while eliminating some of ...

Chinese Embassy in Sudan Activates Emergency Protocols, Orders Companies to Stop Work and Personnel to Take Shelter

The Chinese embassy in Khartoum on Monday activated its "safety emergency mechanism," a set of protocols that ordered all "Chinese-funded institutions" to suspend operations and for personnel to take cover in response to the escalating unrest in Sudan following yesterday's toppling of the civilian government.

Chinese FM Meets With Afghan Interim Government Delegation During Qatar Visit

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held the first high-level talks with the new interim government in Afghanistan. Wang met with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban's acting deputy prime minister, during the foreign minister's two-day visit to Qatar that began on Monday.

Should Chinese Nationals Help Supervise Mining Activities in the DRC? A Military Governor Thinks So, But Kinshasa Says Otherwise

The Vice Minister of Mines in the DR Congo, Godard Motemona, declared that the appointment of three Chinese nationals to help supervise Chinese mining activities in the far eastern province of Ituri is "null and void." The ...

Nigeria Unveils a Chinese-Style Digital Currency Platform

Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari, unveiled the country's new digital currency platform, eNaira, on Monday. It is Africa's first virtual currency. The new service will allow Nigerians to make contactless payments, move money between accounts and manage their accounts virtually. Unlike other ...

China Commemorates 50 Years at the UN With a Hat Tip To Africa

China celebrated the 50th anniversary of its return to the United Nations on Monday, marking the day in 1971, when Beijing took over the seat from the Republic of China government in Taipei.  That achievement is also a milestone in Beijing's ...

How Will China Respond to the Coup in Sudan?

The pre-dawn military coup in Sudan on Monday presents the latest challenge for China on how to respond to the toppling of governments in Africa where it has sizable economic and strategic interests. Normally, the Chinese Foreign Ministry tends to be ...
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