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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 ...

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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. 

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With Chinese Infrastructure Financing Drying Up in Africa, China’s Contractors Now Look to Europe

China's construction giants are knocking on the doors of development finance agencies in Europe in a bid to find new sources of funding for projects in Africa, according to a report in Global Trade Review. Until recently, Chinese ...

Barbados PM Pushes Back on BBC Journalist About China’s Growing Investments in the Caribbean

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley took exception to questions posed by BBC journalist Zeinab Badawi in a recent interview for the program Global Questions that the Caribbean country is at risk of becoming a "pawn" of China due to rising investment. Even ...

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 ...

Scholar: G7’s B3W is Just a Bad Copy of China’s Belt and Road

It's been a month since the G7 unveiled its new "Build Back Better World" (B3W) initiative that aims to rival China's Belt and Road Initiative by providing an alternative source of infrastructure development financing that is presumably more transparent and sustainable. So far, ...

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 ...

Chinese Social Media Uproar Over Allegations of Chinese Illegal Fishing

A massive social media uproar is underway in China over allegations made by leading online (Chinese) influencers and the Beijing-based, European-funded China Dialogue environmental news website that have brought attention to the issue of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) Chinese fishing around the world.

Nigeria Gives Up on Chinese Lenders to Finance Two Railway Projects, Talks With Standard Chartered Now Underway

The slowdown in Chinese infrastructure development lending in Africa is on vivid display in Nigeria, where the country's Transportation Minister acknowledged that he's no longer counting on Beijing to finance a pair of multi-billion railway projects, according to a Bloomberg report. ...

Everyone, Not Just the Chinese, Are Playing the Game of Vaccine Diplomacy Says SOAS Prof Stephen Chan

Acclaimed China-Africa scholar and University of London professor Stephen Chan pushed back on the narrative that China alone is using vaccines to gain political advantage in its foreign policy. "To be fair, everyone's playing this game of vaccine diplomacy," he said on the latest episode of the ...

Be Wary of All Those “Hyperbolic” Reports Warning of the Dangers of Chinese Technology

The fear that China is going to export digital authoritarianism and repression to Africa is way overblown and oversimplified in Western media reports and think tank analysis cautions Iginio Gagliardone, a media scholar at Wits University in Johannesburg and one of the world's foremost scholars ...

China Tops the Agenda at G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting

China topped the agenda at Tuesday's G7 foreign ministers meeting in London, the first time envoys from the world's seven wealthiest countries have met in person since the COVID-19 outbreak. The ministers spent two hours, four times longer ...
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