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Jul 29, 2017

The implementation of China's ambitious "One Belt, One Road" (OBOR) trade agenda in Africa is now fully underway. The launch of the Standard Gauge Railway in Kenya, the opening of the new navy base in Djibouti and dozens of other major infrastructure development projects along Africa's eastern shore are all part of this...


Apr 22, 2017

 

China's embrace of multilateral diplomacy in Africa is something of a new phenomenon. For years, Beijing rejected the Western aid model, preferring instead to work bilaterally with African governments where they often employed aid (or infrastructure) for resource deals. Many of those early policies were born from...


Apr 8, 2017

In this edition of the China in Africa podcast, we pull the focus back to look at China's rapidly evolving foreign policy agenda in this new era of western populism led by Donald Trump in the United States.

Fran├žois Godement, director of the Asia and China program at the European Council on Foreign Relations in Paris...


Mar 24, 2017

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz's recent state visit to Beijing is the latest evidence that China is manuevering to play a bigger role in the Middle East and Persian Gulf. The two countries reportedly signed deals worth upwards of $65 billion during the summit. Beijing's plans for the region, though, extend far beyond...


Jan 27, 2016

Chinese president Xi Jinping's three-country tour of the Middle East and North Africa offers yet another example of Beijing's expanding drive for increased global influence. During his first visit to the region, Xi traveled to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran where he inserted his government into the mix of some of the...