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The News Feed is a curated selection of the most important China-Africa news edited by CAP’s editors in Asia and Africa.

How is China Going to Approach the Debt Crisis in Africa?

Exterior of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce headquarters in Beijing. Image via CGTN.
One of the big questions around the burgeoning debt crisis in Africa is how will China respond? With an estimated $152 billion of outstanding loans on the continent, Beijing is by far the ...

Under Mounting Pressure From the U.S., Europe, and Australia, China Leans on Its Ties in Africa For Support

Chinese President Xi Jinping addressing the World Health Assembly on Monday via video conference from Beijing. Image via People's Daily.
Hong Kong-based CNN journalist Jenni Marsh reports on the prominent role that Africa played in Monday’s speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping to the World Health Assembly. Marsh, who’s covered China-Africa relations for years, notes ...

World Bank President Frustrated About the Slow Pace of Private Debt Relief for Africa

World Bank Group President David Malpass speaks at a press briefing on COVID-19 in Washington, DC, on March 4, 2020. NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP
World Bank President David Malpass said in a conference call with reporters on Tuesday that he is disappointed that Africa’s private creditors aren’t doing more to provide badly-needed relief for poor countries struggling amid worsening ...

African Leaders Criticize Wealthy Countries For Lack of Progress on Debt Relief

Five African heads of state participated in Tuesday's first-ever virtual roundtable sponsored by New York Forum Institute. Photo via NYFI.
Five African presidents, from Kenya, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Senegal, and Niger, decried the lack of meaningful progress by wealthy industrial countries on debt relief and financial assistance to the continent amid the worsening COVID-19 outbreak. ...

Deborah Brautigam: Don’t Expect China to Cancel Africa’s Debts, They’ll Probably Just Reschedule Them

So long as there’s no official word from the Chinese government as to how they specifically plan to address the $150 billion of outstanding debts that African governments owe Bejing, everyone’s speculating as to how ...

African Countries Sign on To Global Inquiry Into COVID-19 Origin

All African countries under the banner “The African Group and its Members States” are now part of a group of 110 countries who signed a World Health Organization draft resolution on Monday that calls for ...

Evan Feigenbaum: U.S. Making a Strategic Mistake in Challenging WHO Just as China Announces New COVID-19 Measures

Evan Feigenbaum, vice president of the Carnegie Endowment and a leading foreign affairs commentator in the United States, said the timing of President Donald Trump’s threat to permanently ...

Africa Emerges as a Key Theme in Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Address to World Health Assembly

Chinese President Xi Jinping addressing the World Health Assembly on Monday via video conference from Beijing. Image via People's Daily.
Chinese support for Africa and other developing regions around the world emerged as a key message point in President Xi Jinping’s Monday address to the World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting. The WHA is the World ...

In These Polarized Times, Talking About China is Not Easy

University of London Ph.D. candidate Li Hangwei commiserated on Twitter with Stanford University Political Science Professor Yiqing Xu about the perils of talking about China, both on social media and when conducting research. ...

Professor Carlos Oya: How Can Chinese Companies Create More and Better Jobs for Africans?

University of London Professor Carlos Oya is among the world’s leading scholars on Chinese labor practices in Africa. Last July, he published a ground-breaking report that challenged widely-held perceptions about the quantity of ...

CGTN Creates New Facebook Page to Promote Ongoing Chinese COVID-19 Medical Mission to Algeria

China’s international television network CGTN is experimenting with new ways to promote China’s COVID-19 medical deployment in Africa. The mission that’s now underway in Algeria, with 20 medical professionals who will be ...

In Xi-Ramaphosa Call the Chinese President Gently Reminds His South African Counterpart About Taiwan and Beijing’s “Core Interests”

Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke by phone on Friday with his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa. The bulk of the discussion, according to a summary published by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign ...

There’s an Interesting Debate Underway Among Scholars Over Whether China is Hiding Its Overseas Lending

A discussion over the extent of China’s “hidden loans” in Africa and other developing regions has been bubbling all spring in Washington’s think tank and scholarly circles. It all started back in late March when ...

Kenya’s Dilemma: If It Wants G20 Relief Then It Can’t Issue More Bonds or Take out More Loans. So How Does It Close a Gaping Budget Deficit?

Kenya, and likely many other African countries, is in a bit of a pinch right now: it desperately needs to raise money to close an estimated $7.7 billion budget deficit. But if the Treasury wants ...

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 ...

Wang Yi Works the Phones With African Foreign Ministers

FILE PHOTO. Chinese counterpart Wang Yi is pictured during a meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the capital Cairo, on January 9, 2020. Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP
In another sign that Beijing is paying more attention to COVID-19 in Africa, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi appears to be increasing the frequency of his outreach to his African counterparts. This week alone he ...

This Chart Shows What African Union and UN Negotiators Are Desperately Trying to Avoid

Interest rates on Zambian 10-year bonds have more than doubled since January to an astonishing 38%. So, it’s not surprising there’s growing speculation that Lusaka will have no choice but to default on ...

Al Jazeera: African Countries Turn to China for Debt Relief

Al Jazeera correspondent Mohammed Adow reports from Nairobi on how rapidly deteriorating economic conditions in East Africa due to the worsening COVID-19 outbreak is prompting more governments in the region to look to China for help… ...

Paris Club Chief Says She’s Confident China Will Join International Debt Relief Effort for Developing Countries

France's Treasury Managing Director and head of the Paris Club of international lenders, Odile Renaud-Basso. Ludovic MARIN / AFP
The Chair of the Paris Club of wealthy donor states, Odile Renaud-Basso, is increasingly confident that China will join the broader international effort to provide debt relief to countries facing high levels of economic ...

Person to Watch: China’s Deputy Ambassador to Zimbabwe is Emerging as a Prominent Twitter Diplomat

Long before it was fashionable, (or, more specifically, permitted,) Zhao Baogang was on Twitter. The Deputy Chinese ambassador in Zimbabwe first opened his account back in 2015, well ahead of most of his peers who ...

After a Brief Lull, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian Announces a Raft of New COVID-19 Aid Programs for Africa

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian announced a significant increase in Chinese government-sponsored COVID-19 medical aid missions in Africa. Zhao revealed on Monday that medical teams and relief supplies will be sent to three African ...

One Month Later, Vast Segments of African Civil Society Remain Angry Over What Happened in Guangzhou

The first images of African residents in Guangzhou being forced out onto the streets of the southern Chinese city started to emerge during the weekend of April 10th. Now, a full month later, ...

African Finance and Development Ministers Meet With Private Creditors to Try and Reach a Debt Suspension Deal

At least a dozen African finance ministers, along with several development ministers, spoke via video conference with more than 100 private creditors on Monday as part of an effort to reach a consensus over suspending ...

New Data: The Chinese Government May Claim Credit For COVID-19 Donations but Its the Private Sector That’s Actually Paying For It

The Washington, D.C.-based consultancy RWR Advisory published a set of fascinating new charts that detail China’s COVID-19 donation activities over the past couple of months. The firm revealed that although the Chinese government and embassies ...

A Popular Nigerian Political Commentator Offers China Some Sobering Advice: Be Careful, There Are More of You Here Than Us Over There

In response to the growing alienation that a lot of Nigerians and other Africans feel about China in the wake what happened in Guangzhou last month, popular online commentator Onye Nkuzi (nom de plume) cautioned ...

First Moody’s Now the IMF, Warnings About Kenya’s Debt Levels Are Starting to Pile Up

Tweet by Gyude Moore, Liberia's former public works minister and now a fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington.
The International Monetary Fund raised Kenya’s risk of debt distress to high from moderate in a statement on Tuesday because of the costly impact of the worsening COVID-19 crisis. The IMF said that even though Kenya’s ...

Two Chinese Nationals Arrested for Allegedly Trying to Bribe a Senior Official in Nigeria’s Anti-Corruption Agency

Meng Wei Kun and Xu Koi photographed by Nigerian authorities in front of the cash they allegedly planned to use to bribe a senior anti-corruption official. Photo via @officialEFCC.
Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested two Chinese nationals, Meng Wei Kun and Xu Koi, this week for allegedly attempting to bribe the head of the EFCC’s office in the northern city of Sokoto. ...

BBC Correspondent Danny Vincent Reflects on Anti-Black Discrimination in China

The longtime China-based BBC correspondent Danny Vincent reflected this week on the reports of discrimination and racism towards Africans in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou. As a black journalist who has spent more than ...

Africa Confidential: Zambia Close to Eurobond Default

Africa Confidential reports that Zambia is on the verge of defaulting on its Eurobond debt, following similar warnings last month from two of the world’s larger credit ratings agencies, Moody’s and Fitch, who both downgraded Zambia’s ...

South Africa’s President Doesn’t Just Want a 9-Month Debt Reprieve. He’s Now Calling For a Two-Year “Standstill”

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa chaired a virtual meeting on Friday with Heads of State & neighboring countries to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo via @CyrilRamaphosa.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa called on G20 countries and other international creditors to extend a proposed debt repayment moratorium from nine-months to two years. The president issued the appeal on Friday during a virtual ...

China’s Subtly Revising the Narrative of the Origin of Its “Miscommunication” With Nigerians and Other Africans in Guangzhou

Confronted with overwhelming criticism in Africa following widespread reports of maltreatment of and discrimination against African residents in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou last month, the Chinese government has been trying (largely unsuccessfully) to ...
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