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No, “Chinese-Africans” Were Not the First to Inhabit Japan’s Islands

This photo of Tibetan nuns has been circulating since 2018 and soon after a fake meme emerged on Facebook that claimed they were the first humans to inhabit some of Japan's islands. The team at AFP Fact Check dug into the ...

A Lot of People Mistakenly Think China’s The Major Funder of Coal Plants Around the World. New BU Report Says That’s Not the Case.

China is indeed the largest government funder of coal power projects around the world, accounting for 50% of coal projects that reached financial closure between 2013 and 2018, according to a new policy brief from Boston University's Global Development Policy Center.

India, China Lead The Way in Delivering on Vaccine Promises For Non-COVAX Commitments

With the Delta variant spreading rapidly across much of the developing world with an acute shortage of vaccines, new attention is being focused on the promises that wealthy countries have made to provide jabs compared to what they've actually delivered. The data tracked by the analytics firm ...

G20 Reps Close Another Meeting Without Any Firm Commitments on Vaccines or Debt Relief For World’s Poorest Countries

In what's becoming a predictable routine, high-level representatives from the world's wealthiest countries get together, express anguish over the rapid spread of COVID-19 in developing countries, issue a call for more equitable distribution of vaccines and then restate longstanding positions that bilateral creditors (read China) and bondholders ...

With an Eye on China, Japanese Foreign Minister Promises More Vaccines and Infrastructure Development in Africa

The Japanese government will play a more prominent role in delivering badly-needed aid and infrastructure, according to Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu (photo). Motegi addressed the issue on Tuesday following a lunch with fellow G20 foreign ministers in Italy. He added that Tokyo ...

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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 ...

Leading Development Experts Try to Decipher the B3W and Whether It Can Present a Viable Alternative to China’s BRI

There's been a lot of discussion since the Group of 7 countries announced the creation of the new Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative. It is nominally intended to help developing countries build badly-needed infrastructure. But B3W also includes an underlying political objective: presenting an alternative, some ...

Two Competing Views of the G7’s B3W vs. China’s BRI

It's been almost a week since the G7 announced its new U.S.-inspired Build Back Better World initiative that aims to channel private capital to build infrastructure in developing countries as part of a broader effort to stem China's influence in this arena.

B3W and the Democracy Issue

One of the interesting divisions emerging from the Biden administration’s campaign to re-energize the G7 and NATO against China is its attempt to divide the world into ‘democracies’ and ‘autocracies,’ and to insist that the two groups are squaring off against each other as if they’re in ...

Biden to Attend G7 Summit With China on His Mind. Africa and Other Developing Regions Need to Brace For What Comes Next.

U.S. President Joe Biden arrived in the United Kingdom on Wednesday ahead of a three-day G7 summit, where confronting China in various arenas will be among the top issues on the agenda. The President hopes he will be able to rally the ...

The Blue Dot Network is Back!

China's rivals in Japan, Australia, and the U.S. have been talking about building some kind of alternative Belt and Road Initiative to compete with Beijing in building infrastructure throughout the developing world. Although they've been long on rhetoric, the three powers, all members of the 
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