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Head of U.S. Forces in Africa Repeats Unsubstantiated Claim that China Is Planning an Atlantic Military Base

The commander for U.S. forces in Africa (AFRICOM), General Stephen J. Townsend reiterated his assertion that China is looking to build a second military base in Africa, this time somewhere along the Atlantic coast. In a wide-ranging ...

Renewed Calls For Chinese Debt Relief as Wang Yi Wraps Up Africa & Indian Ocean Tour in Sri Lanka

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi concluded his week-long, five-nation tour of East Africa and Indian Ocean states on Sunday in Sri Lanka, where he held talks with Prime Minister Malina Rajapaksa and his brother President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The politically sensitive issue ...

Wang Yi’s Visit and Africa-China Alignment

It has become customary that the Chinese Foreign Minister’s first overseas trip of the new year is to Africa. Just as customary is the annual bout of chin-stroking and speculation among Africa-China watchers about the choice of destinations.  This year, the ...

Wang Yi Is on His Way Back to Africa

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will return to Africa on Tuesday. He will arrive in the Eritrean capital Asmara to begin a three-nation, four-day tour that will also take him to Kenya and the Indian Ocean island state of Comoros.  The tour ...

Chinese Medical Team, Vaccines Land in the Comoros Islands

A 12-member medical team from China's Guangxi Autonomous Region landed in Moroni on Wednesday, capital of the Comoros Islands in the Indian Ocean. The team is there to help with COVID-19 mitigation and also brought with them a supply of vaccines. (XINHUA) ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Q&A: Africa’s Role in China’s Global Military Expansion – Defense Expert Unpacks a Thorny Issue

The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral John Aquilino, on Tuesday added to the growing alarm in Washington DC defense circles about the global reach of China’s military. 

Speaking in front of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, Aquilino said China is building capacity to seize Taiwan, and: “The PRC also seeks to establish a network of overseas military installations that would extend its reach, allowing support for an increasingly ...