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China Hawk Peter Pham is America’s Most Visible Spokesman on Africa And He Doesn’t Even Work For the Government

There are few figures in Washington's Africa policy circles who are as outspoken as Peter Pham, the Trump administration's former special envoy to the Great Lakes region and, for a brief stint, the special envoy to the Sahel. ...

It Looks Like the U.S. and Europe Are Now More Worried About China’s Growing Influence in LatAm Than Africa

The Daily Mail's sensationalist headline today ("China's take-over in America's back yard") speaks to the mounting concern in U.S. and European capitals about China's growing presence in Latin America and the Caribbean. This latest wave of anxiety, ...

How the Biden Administration’s New Africa Policy is Perceived in China

Chinese policymakers and analysts have been closely studying U.S. foreign policy in Africa to determine how much is actually new and what is a holdover from previous administrations, namely during the Trump period. He Jian (贺鉴), a ...

Biden Met With an African Leader Last Week, Didn’t Mention China by Name

U.S. President Joe Biden appears to be taking the advice of advisors and scholars, who've told him repeatedly over the past eight months to avoid talking about China when discussing Africa.  During a brief visit to the White House by Kenyan ...

China Could Factor Into the U.S. Debate Over Duty-Free Trade with Ethiopia

A lively debate is underway in the United States now over whether Trade Representative Katherine Tai should remove Ethiopia's duty-free access to the U.S. market as part of the African Growth and Opportunity Act or AGOA. The White House is threatening ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China’s Climate Role in the Global South

I don’t know about you, but I’m suffering from COP26 stress. There’s so much riding on the global climate summit happening in Glasgow at the end of the month that it’s sometimes difficult to remember we face a few other pressing issues too. 

To this point, Foreign Affairs this week published a poll asking a stellar group of experts whether American foreign policy is too hostile to China. Not surprisingly they got ...

Beijing Responds to Media Reports that the U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe is Paying $1,000 For Journalists to Write Anti-China Stories

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian responded last week to unsubstantiated news reports that the U.S. embassy in Zimbabwe hired an agency to train local journalists to write stories critical of China. Zhao told reporters at the regular press briefing in ...

Lightning Round: Africa-France Summit, FOCAC & UK Port Deal

An often contentious leaderless summit took place last in Montepellier where African youth activists did not hold back in telling French President Emmanuel Macron what they thought needed to be done to improve ties between the two regions. Eric & Cobus ...

China Targets the U.S. Over Vaccine Shipments to Developing Countries

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian took aim at the United States on Monday for what he claimed was Washington's inability to meet its vaccine distribution promises to countries in the Global South. The United States has pledged $4 ...

As Biden’s Build Back Better Initiative Stalls at Home, Many Doubt the World Edition Will Fare Any Better

With U.S. President Joe Biden's ambitious $3.5 trillion infrastructure agenda bogged down in Congress, his campaign promise to "Build Back Better" now hangs in limbo. If the president's plan fails to make it out of Congress, or if it's scaled down to the point where it's ...

While the EU & U.S. Talk About Competing With China to Build Infrastructure in the Global South, Japan’s Experience in Vietnam Should Give Them Pause

Over the past month, the United States and Europe have doubled down on their commitment to challenging China's Belt and Road Initiative by launching new initiatives to build infrastructure in developing countries. Secretary of State Antony Blinken this week 
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