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U.S. Defense Secretary Makes First Visit to Africa With an Eye on Countering Chinese Influence on the Continent

United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper is in Africa this week, his first visit to the continent as defense chief, in a trip that's aimed in part to push back against increased Chinese and Russian military influence in the region. ...

Challenging Pax Americana: The Commercial Imperative in Chinese Arms Exports To Africa – a Case Study of Uganda and Kenya

Professor Elijah N. Munyi from United States International University in Nairobi is a leading scholar in U.S.-Africa policy, with particular expertise in military relations. Professor Munyi published a working paper this week that coincided with his participation in the China-Africa Research Initiative's annual conference that ...

Remember When China Said It’s Going to Give Africa Access to Its C19 Vaccine? Well, There’s a Catch…

The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Wednesday amended its promise to provide a future COVID-19 vaccine to developing countries with the introduction of the phrase "at a fair and reasonable price." Prior to this, there had been no mention of any cost. ...

Chinese Diplomats Are Promoting “Xi Jinping Thought” as a Model for African Development

China's Consul General in Cape Town, Lin Jing, is part of a growing number of Chinese diplomats in Africa who've been aggressively promoting the new book by Chinese President Xi Jinping that purportedly details China's successful development history.

Chinese National Bestowed With Honorary Chief Title in Ghana Says He Doesn’t Want it Anymore After Massive Uproar

A Chinese national, Sun Qiang, who was enstooled as a development chief, an honorary appointment with no authority, has now refused the title after widespread anger in the town of Kwahu Abetifi and across Ghana. A spokesperson for Sun ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

FOCAC’s Powerful Optics Present a Challenge to China’s Rivals

FOCAC is for me what the Winter Olympics is for a curling fan – the one moment every few years when the world briefly shares one’s obsession. So it was interesting (and revealing) how relatively muted the coverage of the triennial meeting has been this time around.

In part, this is due to the fact that FOCAC 8 itself has been slightly smaller than usual. It was held at the ...

About That Chinese COVID-19 Vaccine…

Chinese officials from Xi Jinping down have been clear about their intention to make any future COVID-19 vaccine available to Africa and other developing regions. "China will make its COVID-19 vaccine a global public good when it is ready for application after successful research and ...