Dispelling the Dominant Myths of China in Africa (Atlantic Council)

On September 3 and 4, Chinese President Xi Jinping will host the 7th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing. Happening every three years, past FOCAC’s have been used as a platform by Xi to announce new Chinese commitments to deepen economic links with the continent—in 2015, President Xi pledged $60 billion in aid and financing, and he has already recommitted the same amount again this year. Dozens of African leaders have made the trip to Beijing, with the aim of bolstering political and commercial ties with China. FOCAC, coupled with Xi’s trip to the continent in July 2018, is thrusting the question of how the United States should compete with China in African markets back in the spotlight.

http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/dispelling-the-dominant-myths-of-china-in-africa

AUBREY HRUBY

The BRICS summit and Russia’s renewed focus on Africa (Valdai Discussion Club)

The meeting between the Russian and South African presidents at the recent BRICS summit in Johannesburg was particularly valuable marking the birth of a new stage in bilateral relations. The course for all-out cooperation was sealed by the signing of a Joint Statement.

http://valdaiclub.com/a/highlights/brics-summit-and-russia-s-renewed-focus-on-africa/

Africa in the news: Mozambique’s constitutional reforms in, Dakar’s education funding summit, and U.S. sanctions on South Sudan and DRC by Brookings

Africa in the news: Mozambique’s constitutional reforms in, Dakar’s education funding summit, and U.S. sanctions on South Sudan and DRC

Dhruv Gandhi