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China’s Ambassador to Liberia Moves to Stamp Out Any Comparisons Between the Situations in Ukraine and Taiwan

China’s ambassador to Liberia, Ren Yishang published a long op-ed in Wednesday's edition of the New Dawn Liberia newspaper complaining about a recent article by the former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe comparing the current crisis in Ukraine with the situation regarding Taiwan.

China’s Ambassador to Somalia Makes Clear That When It Comes to Taiwan, There’s No Room For Compromise

Occasionally, China's famously media-shy ambassadors in Africa come out of their shells and engage in surprisingly frank discussions on social media. Admittedly, it doesn't happen very often but it did on Monday over on Fei Shengchao's Twitter page when the Chinese envoy to Somalia responded to critical ...

China Fumes While Taiwan and Somaliland Officials Bump Elbows

It's been a busy two days for a ministerial delegation from Somaliland, who are in Taiwan for the week. Soon after they arrived, Foreign Minister Essa Kayd Mohamoud met with President Tsai Ing-wen. Later on Wednesday, the group traversed the short distance across 2/28 Peace Park to ...

Somaliland FM Pitches “Huge” Oil and Gas Potential to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen

Somaliland Foreign Minister Esse Kayd on Wednesday began a five-day tour of Taiwan at the Presidential Office Building in Taipei, where he met with President Tsai Ing-wen. Kayd was especially keen to extol the potential for Taiwanese companies ...

The Chinese Embassy in Mogadishu Seethes Over Taiwan’s Presence in Somaliland

Although China has not said much of Taiwan's trade office in the self-declared state of Somaliland since it opened last year, it's nonetheless evident that Taipei's official presence in the Horn of Africa gives them heartburn, particularly among diplomats at the embassy in Mogadishu. ...

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 ...

China’s New Man in Somalia

China's newly-appointed ambassador to Somalia, Fei Shangchao, presented his credentials to President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo on Tuesday at the presidential palace in Mogadishu. Afterward, Fei and President Famaajo discussed the importance of the One China Policy which is ...

Why Afghanistan Isn’t Taiwan

By Hugo Jones and Lukas Fiala This week the world watched in real-time the Afghan government collapse, the Taliban’s rapid capture of Kabul, and scenes of abandonment at the capital’s airport. Afghans clinging on to a U.S. Air Force plane in ...

eSwatini Could Soon Be in Play

Troops are out on the streets of the tiny southern African kingdom of eSwatini in an effort to quell anti-monarchy protests that look like they could precipitate the fall of King Mswati III. The precise whereabouts of the King are unknown at ...

Nigeria Emerges as the Newest Front in the U.S.-China Dispute Over Whether Taiwan Should Be Admitted to the World Health Assembly

Nigeria is now at the center of a bitter dispute between the American and Chinese embassies in Abuja over whether Taiwan should be admitted to the World Health Assembly (WHA). The issue erupted late last week when U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth ...

Diplomatic Fishing Expeditions

This week provides numerous examples of China's complex presence in West Africa. Take Ghana for example:  even as Chinese entities are building multiple vocational training centres across the country, Chinese citizens are being rounded up for illegal gold mining and Ghanaian cocoa farmers are grappling with the implications ...
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