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Pompeo Renews Attacks on China’s Engagement and Calls on African Leaders to Reassess Ties With Beijing

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo launched a new round of attacks against China and its presence in Africa at a recent press briefing for foreign journalists in Washington, D.C. The Secretary responded to a question from a journalist in ...

Pompeo’s Critiques of the Chinese in Africa Sparks Pointed Response From Beijing

Secretary Pompeo's comments on Africa were just one of several U.S. critiques that dominated much of Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian's regular press briefing on Friday. After responding to the Secretary's announcement that Washington would impose targeted sanctions against Chinese officials linked to ...

China’s 3-Step Propaganda Response to U.S. Critiques

A predictable sequence of events now unfolds whenever senior-level U.S. officials, notably President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, launch new broadsides against China: Wait between 12 and 24 hours for the foreign ministry to draft a ...

With an Eye on Annoying China, the U.S. National Security Council Praises Taiwan’s Outreach in East Africa

Just hours after Secretary Pompeo's critical comments of the Chinese presence in Africa, the U.S. National Security Council followed up with a provocative tweet that praised Taiwan's recent agreement with the self-declared state of Somaliland. On July 1, Taiwan ...

Washington’s Outspoken Ambassador to Kenya Doesn’t Think Too Highly of Chinese Universities

Never one to mince words, the normally outspoken U.S. ambassador to Kenya, Kyle McCarter, got into a squabble over the weekend with a pair of Kenyans who were enquiring about the status of student visas to the United States that are now in question following President Trump's ...

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 ...

African Stakeholders May Want to Keep Close Watch on How Small South Asian Countries are Handling the India-China Conflict

Africa is by no means alone as a region where small countries are struggling to stay out of great power competition. In South Asia, smaller countries like Nepal, the Maldives, and Sri Lanka are doing their best to avoid getting sucked into the violent conflict currently roiling ...

Reflections on the Coming Era of Great Power Competition in Africa

Given the heightened tensions between the United States and China and the corresponding implications for Africa, a new conversation is getting underway over what great power competition looks like in the 21st century and whether it will play out differently on the continent than during the decades-long ...

U.S.-China Great Power Competition in Africa

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo renewed his attacks on China's presence in Africa last week, triggering a full-throated rebuttal from Beijing in what's now become an almost routine back-and-forth between these two rival powers. The feud between these two countries ...