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FOCAC 8 Preview: The Economic Agenda

This year's Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) conference will take place amid considerable uncertainty in the global economy and profound economic changes underway in China. As such, it's widely expected that the outputs from the upcoming forum will be very different ...

U.S. Hints at January Launch For Build Back Better World Initiative That Aims to Challenge China’s Belt and Road

An unnamed senior U.S. official told reporters on Monday that the Biden administration is planning to announce the launch of its Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative as soon as January and that West Africa will be among the key priorities for what's ...

Chinese, Senegalese Governments Formally Announce FOCAC Dates and Themes

After months of speculation, the Chinese and Senegalese governments last week announced the dates for the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation ministerial conference that will take place in Dakar on Monday, November 29th, and Tuesday, November 30th.

Lina Benabdallah Reflects on How This Year’s FOCAC Will Differ From Past Gatherings

Acclaimed China-Africa scholar, Lina Benabdalla, an assistant professor at Wake Forest University in the U.S., reflected on Twitter about how the upcoming FOCAC ministerial conference will be different than previous leadership summits. The following is a lightly edited transcript of her four-part thread on Twitter:

Senegal’s Official News Agency Confirms FOCAC Dates

Senegal's Foreign Minister Aïssata Tall Sall will meet with all Dakar-based African ambassadors on Thursday to discuss preparations for the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) ministerial conference that, according to the official Agence de Presse Sénégalaise, will take place between Sunday, November 28th and ...

Lots and Lots of Meetings in Both China and Africa Ahead of FOCAC

The African diplomatic corps in China often take the lead in negotiating the key agenda topics for major events like the upcoming FOCAC summit and often work together as a block.  Tanzania's ambassador, Mbelwa Kairuki, met on ...

Huawei North Africa CEO Says Company Remains Committed to Africa Amid the Pandemic and Pressure From U.S.

Huawei's CEO for North Africa, Terry He (photo), struck a defiant tone in a recent interview with the French newsweekly Le Point about the challenges the telecom giant is facing from the United States and its business prospects in Africa amid the ongoing pandemic:

How a Port Expansion in a Tiny, Self-Declared African Country Reverberates Around the World

One of the key discussions in the run-up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit is whether China is stepping away from funding large-scale infrastructure projects like roads and ports.  So it was particularly interesting to see the announcement this week of ...

FOCAC Is About 6 Weeks Away. Here’s What Might Be On the Agenda

With everything surrounding the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit shrouded in secrecy and uncertainty, previewing what will happen at the Dakar event is admittedly a risky undertaking. So, these predictions are suggestive at best, given how much hearsay is swirling around the summit. 

Folashadé Soulé on the Key Priorities For West African Countries at This Year’s China-Africa Summit

For much of the past twenty years, since the first FOCAC summit in 2000, China's engagement strategy on the continent has focused predominantly on anglophone countries in southern and eastern Africa like Kenya, Zambia, and South Africa. Angola, of course, was an important exception. ...
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