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China Backs Reallocation of IMF Funds to African Countries

China answered France's call to support the reallocation of billions of IMF funds that will come from an issuance of $650 billion in new Special Drawing Rights, according to a Foreign Ministry summary of remarks made by Vice Premier Han Zheng at this week's Franco-African ...

Ghana President Akufo-Addo Calls For the Cancellation of All African Debts

Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo issued an urgent call for immediate economic relief, including the total cancellation of all debts owed by African countries, during his address on Tuesday at the Summit on Financing African Economies. Without the ‘fiscal room to breathe,’ Africa could truly become ‘the forgotten continent, ...

Niger President Mohamed Bazoum Criticizes “Western Complaining” About Chinese and Turkish Investment in His Country

Niger's President Mohamed Bazoum criticized the media for creating the impression that the west African country is beset by security challenges and not a safe place to invest. He said in an interview with ...

So, What Exactly Did Emmanuel Macron Accomplish With His African Finance Summit? Nothing Substantive.

The day-long Summit on the Financing of African Economies wrapped up in Paris on Tuesday and left a lot of people scratching their heads wondering what exactly was the purpose of the gathering. Unlike Monday's event that focused on Sudanese debt ...

Macron’s Africa Summit is a Good Start, But Nowhere Near Good Enough

One by one, French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday greeted a stream of Africa's most powerful leaders to the Elysée Palace in Paris with a mix of COVID-friendly fist bumps, elbow jabs, and awkward shoulder pats. The heads of state along with top officials from ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Sanctions and Anti-Sanctions

For those tracking the development (and high-level normalization) of ‘the new cold war,’ this week has been a doozy. U.S. President Joe Biden departed for the G7 summit in Cornwall with a rare bipartisan win in his pocket. His U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, a $250 billion bill aimed at countering Chinese competition in a number of hi-tech areas like semiconductors and robotics, passed with a 68-32 majority. Some predict that it could ...

Leaders From the World’s Major Powers Convene in Two Separate Summits. African Issues Addressed in One… Albeit Just Barely

Two separate international summits took place on Friday. China was a primary actor in one and a prominent theme of the other. And in both the U.S.-Japan summit in Washington and the Franco-German virtual meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, key Global ...

Favorable Views of China, France Both Fall in 12-Nation African Survey

Opinion leaders in 12 French and Arabic speaking African countries look less favorably upon France and China, according to the findings of the third annual survey conducted by the French Council of Investors in Africa (CIAN), an independent business association. China fell 9 points this past year ...

One French Scholar’s Widely Published Article This Week Encapsulate’s Every Anxiety About China’s Influence in Africa

The popular perception of China's steadily growing presence in Africa has long been viewed with skepticism among France's political, media, and academic elites who have historically regarded the continent, particularly francophone countries, as a traditional sphere of influence. Most analysis and ...

Vaccines and the Changing International Order

The Chief Reporter for Germany's state broadcaster Deutsche Welle, Miodrag Soric, can't believe what he's seeing. China is turning the battle for access to COVID-19 vaccines into a tremendous soft power win in the Global South -- and they're doing it at the expense of the West!

European Analysts Become Increasingly Worried About Geopolitical Consequences of China’s Global Vaccine Pu

European international relations scholars are expressing mounting concern over the long-term geopolitical consequences of China's assertive campaign to provide developing countries with COVID-19 vaccines. It's clear the European foreign policy establishment, both analysts and in the media, seem to regard Chinese ...
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