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So. Many. Ironies.

Wow. The ironies are popping up so fast they're going fractal.  As protests mount in the United States against the systemic and structural racism that has turned institutions like the police into something akin to occupying forces in certain neighborhoods, guess ...

A Conversation With Joshua Meservey About Alleged Chinese Spying in Africa

The Chinese have been prolific over the past decade in constructing hundreds of government buildings across the continent. Parliaments, ministries, presidential palaces, and most notably, even the headquarters of the African Union. Many of these buildings serve an important purpose by ...

Zimbabwe’s Foreign Minister Summons U.S. Ambassador to Explain O’Brien’s Comments

Zimbabwe's Foreign Affairs Minister Sibusiso Busi Moyo was not amused by U.S. National Security Council Robert O'Brien's accusation that Harare, together with China, is a "foreign adversary" of the United States and working to stoke discord amid the ongoing protests there.  ...

No One’s Really Sure Why the U.S. National Security Adviser Accused Zimbabwe of Stoking Unrest in the Ongoing Protests

Journalists and foreign policy analysts are scratching their heads as to why U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien lumped together Zimbabwe with China as "foreign adversaries" who are using social media to stoke unrest and "sow discord" amid the ongoing protests across the United States.

Chinese Officials Are Apparently Embracing #BlackLivesMatter

After the past two months of anti-Chinese rage on African social media that came in response to the highly visible poor treatment of Africans in Guangzhou back in April, there's a certain irony to the Chinese government's embrace of the popular U.S. call to action "Black Lives ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Different Readings of FOCAC

One of the intriguing results of last week’s FOCAC meeting has been a narrative pushed by key English-language publications that it represents a reduction in Chinese engagement with the continent. Bloomberg set the tone in its initial report which counted the sums mentioned in President Xi Jinping’s speech and came to $40 billion. Comparing it to the $60 billion funding targets of 2015 and 2018, it concluded that the summit represented a pullback from ...

Just a Month Ago China Was Blamed for Anti-Black Discrimination, Now Beijing Rallies Behind Africa to Protest Against Racism in the U.S.

The Chinese government is steadily escalating its criticism of the United States over the ongoing protests against police brutality that are now taking place in dozens of cities across the U.S. While Chinese diplomats and embassies in Africa