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Stalled Chinese Financing Complicates Buhari’s Infrastructure Legacy

Nigeria’s presidential race is officially on, but many are wondering how China will shape the fortunes of the ruling All Progressives Congress, the party of the current front-runner Rotimi Amaechi, the country's former transport minister. President Muhammadu Buhari came ...

Tussle Underway Among China, South Africa, and France to Co-Chair Zambia’s Creditor Committee

Sharp elbows are out among countries vying to help lead Zambia's newly-energized debt restructuring process, following China's announcement last week that it plans to join a new creditor's committee. Soon after Chinese officials announced their intent to join ...

Tanzanian Presidential Visit to Washington Raises Questions about Africa Focus

Press coverage of Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s meeting with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris in Washington DC on Friday revealed how geopolitics are reshaping U.S.-Africa relations. While Tanzanian coverage of the meeting focused on investment ...

Senior Level Stakeholders From China, Africa Gather in Beijing to Discuss How to Finance African Infrastructure

The African Union's mission in Beijing together with the consultancy Development Reimagined organized a two-day event this week in the Chinese capital that brought together high-level stakeholders from both China and Africa to discuss how to finance the next stage of Africa's infrastructure development. ...

Q&A: The African Union Ambassador to China Reflects on the Outcomes of FOCAC and ‘What’s Next’

The 8th Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) was held in Dakar, Senegal from November 29th through 30th, 2021. In the headlines that followed, many analysts reported a 33% percent drop in Chinese finance and suggested a deterioration of the relationship. In contrast, we have ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Q&A: Africa’s Role in China’s Global Military Expansion – Defense Expert Unpacks a Thorny Issue

The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral John Aquilino, on Tuesday added to the growing alarm in Washington DC defense circles about the global reach of China’s military. 

Speaking in front of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, Aquilino said China is building capacity to seize Taiwan, and: “The PRC also seeks to establish a network of overseas military installations that would extend its reach, allowing support for an increasingly ...

FOCAC 2018 vs. 2021

Researchers and analysts are beginning to work their way through the 40-page Dakar Action Plan that provides more detail on the outcomes of last week's FOCAC. If past FOCAC events are any guide, it's likely that it will take at least two to three weeks to fully ...

FOCAC 8 Preview: The Trade Agenda

Trade issues are widely expected to top the agenda at next week's Forum on China-Africa Cooperation ministerial conference in Dakar. African countries will be looking for China to further widen its market to agricultural and processed raw materials and China is ...

Hannah Ryder Explains Why the China-Africa Trade Expo is Important

The China-Africa trade expo that's now underway in the central Chinese province of Hunan provides a unique opportunity for African exporters of finished goods to meet directly with Chinese buyers, said Hannah Ryder, CEO of Development Reimagined, in an interview this weekend with Chinese ...

China Now the Largest Source of Vaccines For African Countries

This month, a mere 12 million vaccine doses arrived in Africa, twice as many as the previous month, but still a fraction of what's required for a continent with a population of more than a billion people, according to new data from the Beijing-based ...

How Can African Countries Export More Agriculture to China?

I was recently out shopping in Hangzhou to buy a bottle of wine as a birthday gift for a friend. Now, I’m no wine connoisseur, so admittedly I struggled to pick one. But while scanning the shelves, I spotted a bottle from South Africa. It struck me ...
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