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Africa’s Role In the Current India-China Rivalry

Africa is emerging as a front in two great power rivalries, one between China and the U.S. and the other between China and India. The increasingly bitter feud between Asia's two largest countries now extends beyond the sub-continent into the Indian ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Vaccine Crossroads

At present we’re in a moment of both hope and fear. The vaccines are finally rolling out, and with them, we’re seeing a glimmer of a post-COVID world. But is that only a mirage? The decisions that will decide that answer are being made now. A key one will be how to get a global rollout to happen faster. The longer it takes, and the more piecemeal it is, the more ...

Our COVID Conundrum

We face a massive conundrum: while more and more global problems are coming our way, almost all our problem-solving power remains ensnared by the apparatus of the nation state.  States are inherently insular, and self-obsessed. The mythos of an imagined community, ...

China’s FM Spokesman Tries to Cool Tensions Over Reports of “Vaccine Rivalry” With India

The Chinese government appears to be moving to deescalate tensions with India over reports that the two Asian powers are increasingly engaged in a so-called "vaccine rivalry" related to the distribution of COVID-19 jabs to developing countries around the world. ...

India Moves to Challenge China’s Emerging Dominance in C19 Vaccine Distribution in Developing Countries

Developing countries in Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Americas are now the new front in an increasingly contentious struggle between Asia's two continental powers. India and China, both pharmaceutical manufacturing powerhouses, are jostling over who will become the primary supplier of COVID-19 vaccines to many of the ...

India’s Response to China’s Ascendance in Africa

Written together with Emma Mawdsley, Director of the Margaret Anstee Centre for Global Studies at Cambridge Univeristy In the hugely popular movie, Wolf Warrior II, the arch-villain confronting our muscular hero, Leng Feng, is a white man called ‘Big Daddy’. The ...

Candid Perspectives From One of China’s Leading Africa Scholars on Beijing’s Role in the African Debt Crisis

There has so far been a total blackout of any Chinese online discussion, media coverage, and comment from government officials on Zambia's recent debt default. Neither the embassy in Lusaka nor the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing has commented publicly on the issue. ...

How Does China’s Lending to Africa Compare to That of Other Emerging Market Countries?

London-based emerging markets strategist Gregory Smith posted an interesting thread on Twitter today that compared China's lending patterns in Africa to those of other emerging markets, particularly from the Persian Gulf region. Using World Bank charts, he showed that Chinese lending ...

The Maritime Implications of Growing China-Iran Strategic Ties

Abhijit Singh, a former Indian naval officer and now a senior fellow who heads the Maritime Policy Initiative at the New Delhi-based Observer Research Foundation explores the implications of a China-Iran strategic partnership in the context of naval power.  Singh points ...

The Proposed China-Iran Deal “Isn’t a Big Deal” Says Leading China-Gulf Scholar

Jonathan Fulton is an assistant professor at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, and a non-resident Senior Fellow at The Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C., is one of the world's leading experts on the Chinese in the Persian Gulf/Middle East regions.  Fulton has ...

The Shockwaves of a Potential China-Iran Deal Are Being Felt Far From the Gulf All the Way to South Asia

African leaders have steadfastly tried to avoid being sucked into the increasingly bitter stand-off between the United States and China, opting instead to try and retain constructive ties with both countries. India, too, for years tried to maintain non-alignment amidst regional and global powers but now that ...

Yun Sun: Chinese Debt Fatigue in Africa Opens Opportunities for New Emerging Powers

Brookings Institution non-resident fellow Yun Sun writes today that the Chinese debt-led financing model in Africa may be starting to wear thin as a growing number of countries across the continent become increasingly concerned about repaying all those Chinese loans. "As ...
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