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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 ...

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 ...

Webinar: China’s Becoming Increasingly Sophisticated In Its Use of Media to Drive Its Narrative

The Berlin-based think tank Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) recently hosted a webinar that focused on how Chinese government actors are becoming increasingly effective in their use of media to drive their agendas in both Europe and Africa. The ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Commodity Supercycle Blues

The editorial board of Financial Times published an op-ed yesterday announcing a new commodities supercycle. They argued that the global pivot towards climate-friendlier technologies like electric vehicles is pushing demand for metals like cobalt, lithium and palladium (used in catalytic converters.) In addition, the Biden administration’s new commitments to building infrastructure at home (and possibly abroad) will further boost demand for steel, with iron ore futures hitting record prices in Singapore this week.Where FT ...

Score Keeping: Which African Countries Aligned With China at the United Nations on Xinjiang and Hong Kong

African countries were once again pulled into a bitter dispute last week at the United Nations between China and a coalition largely made up by the U.S. Germany and other European countries over human rights conditions in Xinjiang. For the second ...

At the UN, African Countries Steer Clear of Bitter Human Rights Feud Between China and U.S., European Countries

No African states joined the 39 countries that signed a German-sponsored joint statement at the United Nations on Tuesday that condemned China's human rights record in Xinjiang and expressed "grave concern" about "recent developments in Hong Kong." The bulk ...

China Fires Back at U.S.-German Joint Statement

China's ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, led the counter-attack against the United States/German-sponsored joint statement on Tuesday condemning China's human rights practices in Xinjiang and Hong Kong. "The U.S. and a few other countries’ attempt to smear ...

World Bank Chief Renews Criticism of China and Private Creditors For Not Doing Enough on Debt Relief

In a candid interview on Monday with the German state-owned television network Deutsche Welle, World Bank President David Malpass renewed his criticism of China and private creditors for not doing enough to help ease the debt burdens of the world's poorest countries and also for not being ...

Marina Rudyak on Chinese aid and South-South Cooperation

Marina Rudyak, a lecturer at the Institute of Chinese Studies at Heidelberg University in Germany and a well-regarded expert on China's foreign aid programs in Africa, was a recent guest on the "In Pursuit of Development Podcast" hosted by Dani Banik. ...