China-Africa Policy Process: FOCAC

Debt trap? Chinese loans and Africa’s development options

Africa’s growing public debt has sparked a renewed global debate about debt sustainability on the continent. This is largely owing to the emergence of China as a major financier of African infrastructure, resulting in a narrative that China is using debt to gain geopolitical leverage by trapping poor countries in unsustainable loans.

Expertise on China-Africa ties for Beijing Summit

The third summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation takes place in Beijing from 3 to 4 September. President Cyril Ramaphosa is on a state visit to China and will co-chair this year’s summit.

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China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Where does Africa fit?

Earlier this year, president Xi Jinping strode the world stage at Davos with his statement that ‘We should commit ourselves to growing an open global economy … Pursuing protectionism is like locking oneself in a dark room.’

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The AU’s new institutional reforms: implications for its relations with China

Today’s global political landscape is characterised by a number of disruptions to the status quo. A challenge to democracy revealed itself in the form of populism, as the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s win attested. The threat of climate change, violent extremism and mass migration continues to shake Africa.

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