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Ethiopia, China and the Future of African Conflict

Ethiopia is giving us a glimpse of a set of dynamics that could come to shape African life in complicated ways. Last week, the Biden administration announced new sanctions aimed at reducing violence in the Tigray region, where conflict between the forces of President Abiy Ahmed and ...

Is China Exporting Authoritarianism Around the World?

The Chinese and U.S. Presidents spoke on the same day this week at the United Nations General Assembly with each offering a different vision for the future. Joe Biden challenged critics who contend that democracy is in retreat while Xi Jinping ...

China is Stepping Up Its Opposition to Proposed U.S. Sanctions Against Ethiopia

The Chinese government on Wednesday issued its most forceful denunciation to date against proposed U.S. sanctions on Ethiopia for the war in Tigray. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian said possible U.S. measures against Ethiopian officials involved in the conflict is a "wanton exertion ...

First U.S. Conservatives Thought IMF SDRs Would Bolster China, Now Some Say It’s The Solution to Countering Beijing

U.S. conservatives can't seem to agree if the issuance of IMF Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) is a "bail-out" for China, or a tool to counter Beijing's growing influence in the Global South. Sam Brownback, a veteran Christian conservative politician on the ...

Biden Touts B3W Developing World Infrastructure Plan in UN Address

Joe Biden didn't say the word "China" once in his sweeping, half-hour-long address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, his first as U.S. president, but confronting Beijing nonetheless emerged as a key theme.  On issues ranging from COVID vaccine distribution ...

For a continent of 1.2 billion people, the quantity of COVID-19 vaccines donated by China and other Global North countries remains shockingly low. Bear in mind that the vast majority of these donations are for two-shot vaccines, so the total number of people inoculated is around 25 million. 

Our Haunted Moment

Today we’re featuring a fascinating conversation with the Congolese analyst Christian-Geraud Neema Byamungu about recent developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In case you haven’t been following this story, the last few weeks saw a flurry of 

U.S. Conservatives Are Disappointed The Development Finance Corporation Isn’t Doing More to Confront China

Two prominent analysts at The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C., contend that the main U.S. development finance agency is not doing enough to "counter" China's growing influence in developing countries. Since it was re-launched in 2019, the ...

Update on the China-DR Congo Mining Contracts Dispute

After months of negative media coverage, Chinese mining companies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are pushing back against the perception they aren't fulfilling their contractual obligations to provide social services and build infrastructure for the local communities where they ...

China’s Ambassador to DRC Gets Into Online Spat With Former Trump Administration Official

For the past few days, a low-grade Twitter feud has been going on between China's ambassador to the DRC, Zhu Jing, and J. Peter Pham, a former U.S. special envoy to the Sahel during the Trump administration and now a fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based think tank ...
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