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WEEK IN REVIEW: Mounting Anxieties About the Security of Chinese Personnel in Nigeria

Officials from China's powerful Ministry of Public Security met last week with Chinese diplomats in Nigeria and expatriate business leaders to discuss how to better protect Chinese personnel and enterprises operating in the country. More than 120 people, including Ambassador Cui Jianchun, attended the special meeting. It's the ...

Q&A: How Illegal Chinese Logging Fuels the Islamic Insurgency in Mozambique

This Spring’s crackdown on illegal mining activities in Ghana, including by some Chinese nationals, and the recent high-profile incidents of illicit mining by Chinese companies in the eastern DR Congo have put a spotlight on the issue of unregulated Chinese resource extraction in other ...

Terrorists in Pakistan Again Target Chinese Nationals in What’s Become an Unprecedented Challenge For the Belt and Road

Residents of the Pakistani port city of Gwadar gathered this weekend to mourn the death of two children killed on Friday by a suicide bomber who once again targeted Chinese nationals. A group called the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility for the attack, the third ...

Fearful of an Attack, Namibian Police Increase Protection of Chinese Nationals and Businesses

Chinese and Namibian authorities are sufficiently concerned about the possibility of a "terrorist attack" that regional Namibian police have been ordered to tighten security for Chinese nationals and businesses operating in the country. Namibia's police Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga said the move ...

Three Chinese Construction Workers Kidnapped in Mali

A trio of Chinese nationals and two Mauritanians were kidnapped at gunpoint from a road construction site in southwestern Mali on Saturday by unknown militants. The assailants destroyed equipment including a crane and dump trucks belonging to Chinese construction firm COVEC, ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Big Chill

Over the last few years, we’ve seen increasing hand-wringing in Western capitals about how the money China is spending in the Global South translates into direct political influence. This week research was published that quantifies the issue.

A new report by Foreign Policy Research Institute tracked how increased Chinese spending (both loans and foreign direct investment) in African countries aligns with those countries’ voting in the United Nations General Assembly ...

A U.S. Military Withdrawal From Somalia Would Only Benefit Russia and China in the Region, Warns Oxford Researcher

President Donald Trump's reported request to withdraw the 650 to 800 U.S. military personnel stationed in Somalia would be a major setback for the U.S. in the Horn of Africa and would bolster Russia and China's growing influence in the region, cautioned Oxford University scholar ...

It’s Been a Violent Year for Chinese Workers in Africa

Aside from everything else going on, 2020 is proving to be a rather violent year for Chinese workers in Africa, particularly in Nigeria. Today's news that yet another Chinese national was taken hostage by kidnappers who raided a construction site in Niger state follows a ...

9 Nigerians Killed, 1 Chinese Kidnapped in Violent Assault on a Road Construction Site in Niger State

A group of heavily armed Muslim Fulani bandits raided at a road construction site on Monday in the central Nigerian state of Niger. The assailants apparently targeted expatriates and began shooting. Nearby private security forces responded and forced the gunmen to retreat, but not before ...

The U.S.’ Fortress-like Missions Look a Lot Different in Africa Than They Do in China

Anyone who's passed by a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Africa will appreciate the sentiments expressed by popular Nigerian political commentator Onye Nkuzi (nom de plume.) He pointed out how pedestrians are able to walk right outside the walls of the former consulate in Chengdu (also ...

Twitter Thread: Nigeria’s Covert Military Procurement Deals With China

The widely-read military blogger Defense News Nigeria explained in a multipart Twitter thread published yesterday why Abuja felt it necessary to negotiate a series of covert military procurement deals with Beijing.  The thread explains how U.S. export controls on attack drones ...
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