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A Proposed Senate Bill Intended to Increase U.S. Exports to Africa Seems to be Far More Focused on Confronting China

U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin published a press release on Monday that touted a new bipartisan bill that aims to increase U.S. exports to Africa. The "Increasing American Jobs through Greater Exports to Africa Act" is ostensibly about America's steadily declining trade volume with ...

In 5 Years, the Battle Over Cobalt is Going to Intensify… a LOT!

There are just five years left before the demand for cobalt, a critical metal used to make the batteries in electric vehicles, is going to outstrip the known supply of this strategically vital resource. And with 60-70% of the world's cobalt reserves located in ...

With Herd Immunity in Sight, U.S. Wants to Challenge China’s Vaccine Distribution Drive in the Global South

There's a newfound sense of optimism in Washington that the United States government is finally well-positioned to begin large-scale COVID-19 vaccine distribution to countries throughout the Global South and challenge Russian and Chinese dominance in the space. At a ...

Council on Foreign Relations Report: U.S. “Inaction” and “Withdrawal” Bolstered China’s BRI

A group of scholars at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York published a critical report today that attributes U.S. "inaction" and "withdrawal" for creating a vacuum in the international arena that China filled with its Belt and Road Initiative.  The authors detailed how ...

Hundreds of Thousands of Chinese Vaccines Landed in Egypt, Benin, and Niger Over the Weekend

Large shipments of vaccines imported from China landed in North Africa over the weekend, providing some countries with their first jabs needed to kick off national inoculation programs in the region: BENIN: An unknown quantity of Chinese-made Sinovac vaccines arrived in ...

Some African Governments Can’t Have it Both Ways

African governments and multilateral institutions frequently say that they want no part of any new so-called "Cold War" between the U.S. and China. Leaders in those organizations are very quick to remind everyone that they remember the last time Africa got swept up in a Great Power ...

Anchorage and the New (Old) Cold War

So, the first day of the U.S.-China ministerial meeting underway in Anchorage didn’t go so well. Both sides shredded the rigid protocol that usually guides these occasions to launch extended attacks. The effect was a notably undiplomatic clash between diplomats - one that quickly veered into jabs ...

Two Events in China and the DR Congo Illustrate Why the Race for Cobalt Supplies is So Important

Soaring demand for electric cars and trucks is sparking a buying frenzy for the critical ingredients used to make the batteries in those vehicles, namely cobalt. Prices for the metal are up 65% this year alone, the highest since 2018, at $53,000 a ton. ...

With a Reference to Africa, Comedian Bill Maher Warns Fellow Americans “We’ve Lost” to China

U.S. comedian and political commentator Bill Maher issued a scathing indictment of the U.S. and failure to keep pace with China in the 21st Century. "We're not losing," he said on his show Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday, "we've lost." He referenced the BRI and ...

The View of China-Africa Relations from Washington

We’re thrilled to feature our conversation with Tibor Nagy, the former Assistant Secretary of State for Africa for the Trump administration on the latest episode of the China in Africa Podcast. It was a real honor to speak with someone who had been so instrumental ...
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