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COVID-19 Tops the Agenda at China-Gulf Countries Foreign Minister Meeting

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with six of his counterparts from the Gulf Cooperation Council on Tuesday for a virtual conference, where COVID-19 was atop the agenda. The ministers focused on access to a future C19 vaccine as well as PPE and other pandemic mitigation resources. ...

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 ...

Let’s Call It… China’s Won the Vaccine Diplomacy Contest

The White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows admitted this weekend what many of us have known for a long time: that the United States has all but given up in the fight against COVID-19. “We’re not going to control the pandemic,” Meadows told CNN's ...

Johnathan Fulton Urges Everyone to “Take a Deep Breath” About the China-Iran Deal

Zayed University Assistant Professor Johnathan Fulton is seemingly on a one-man mission to try and get everyone to calm down about news of a huge $400 billion, 25-year China-Iran oil-for-infrastructure deal. The deal has sounded alarms in places like Washington, D.C. ...

How Will COVID-19 Impact China’s Belt & Road Initiative?

Amid the worsening COVID-19 epidemic, China’s Belt and Road Initiative is facing its single greatest challenge since President Xi Jinping launch the BRI in 2013 when he promised countries around the world greater access to Chinese markets and capital. That interconnectedness ...

This Chart Explains Why the U.S. Seems Increasingly Disengaged From Africa

This chart that measures African trade clearly explains why there's so little interest in the United States about fostering closer ties with Africa. The U.S. trading relationship peaked in 2011 and since then has been on a steady, potentially irreversible ...

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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