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Blinken Wrapped Up Africa Tour With a New Softer, More Conciliatory Message About Competition With China

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken returned home on Saturday after wrapping up a three-nation, five-day tour of Africa with stops in Kenya, Nigeria, and Senegal. Throughout the trip, Blinken sought to reassure his African hosts, and stakeholders across the continent, ...

The Stark Difference Between How African and U.S. Governments See Engagement With China Was Clearly Evident in Nigeria

The huge divide between how African governments see their engagement with China and how it's framed by the United States was on full display at a press conference late last week in Abuja with visiting Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his host Nigerian ...

U.S. Foreign Policy in Africa No Longer About Confronting China, Says Blinken

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken was at pains last week to emphasize that confronting China is no longer the central focus of U.S. foreign policy towards Africa, as it was during the Trump administration. While the Trump White House 

U.S. Beltway Analysts and Journalists Mostly Praise Blinken’s New Approach to China in Africa

Journalists, think tank analysts, and scholars largely expressed approval for U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken's new, less confrontational approach to China's engagement in Africa. It's important to note, however, that often the views of these analysts tend to be far ...

The U.S. President’s Son Involved in Controversy About a Chinese Mining Deal in the DR Congo

U.S. President Joe Biden's son, Hunter (photo), is once again at the center of a rapidly expanding controversy, this time about the sale of U.S. mining company Freeport-McMoRan's stake in the massive Tenke Fungurume copper and cobalt mine in the DR Congo to the Chinese mining giant China ...

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 ...

Tanzanian Authorities Arrest Chinese Farmer For Illegally Pumping Millions of Liters of Water From Local Rivers

A Chinese large-scale farmer was arrested by local authorities in the small village of Kidogozelo in eastern Tanzania for using a high-capacity pump to draw water from the Ruvu river to irrigate his vegetable farm. The unnamed Chinese national is accused of installing and using an illegal ...

Xi Wants to Reboot the Belt and Road Initiative to Become Greener and Less Financially Risky

Xi Jinping laid out what state media described as a "new vision" for the president's Belt and Road Initiative with a focus on more environmentally and economically sustainable projects. The President called for tighter control over BRI projects and for more ...

A Chinese Province Seeks to Make Inroads in the Kenyan Market

While U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken was visiting Kenya last week, a low-key B2B trade show was taking place nearby in Nairobi's Sarit Exposition Centre. It would probably have been worthwhile for the Secretary and his entourage to check it out.

FOCAC PERSPECTIVES: What’s Next For China’s Commitment to African Media Development, Climate-friendly Infrastructure, and Resources-for-Infrastructure Deals?

Every day leading up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation conference on November 29th and 30th, CAP will feature perspectives from journalists, academics, activists, and business leaders about what they hope will emerge from the FOCAC event in Dakar. If you ...