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This Chart Explains Why the U.S. Seems Increasingly Disengaged From Africa

This chart that measures African trade clearly explains why there's so little interest in the United States about fostering closer ties with Africa. The U.S. trading relationship peaked in 2011 and since then has been on a steady, potentially irreversible ...

Tweet of the Day: China Commits Counter-Terrorism Funds to All Members of the G5 Sahel

Lina Benabdallah is a leading China-Africa scholar and an Assistant Professor of Politics at Wake Forest University in Salem, North Carolina. Professor Benabdallah regularly comments on Chinese engagement in both ...

Howard W. French: “America’s Downsized Relationship With Africa Is About to Go Totally Adrift”

Just a few days before Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi embarks on his latest visit to Africa, author and journalist Howard W. French complained that the United States appears to be going in the opposite direction -- increasingly disengaged from Africa with a policy that is "about ...

The Washington Post’s China-Djibouti Story Caught the Attention of U.S. Right-Wing Commentators

Coverage of China-Africa issues is scarce in major U.S. newspapers like The Washington Post, so it was notable last week when WAPO's Nairobi Bureau Chief Max Bearak published a report on how Beijing's engagement in the tiny Horn of Africa country Djibouti highlights China's larger ambitions ...

The Rapidly Growing Market for Chinese Private Security Contractors in Africa

The recent kidnapping of three Chinese miners in the southwestern Nigerian state of Osun highlights the vulnerability that confronts the Chinese in many parts of Africa. Chinese companies are well-known for being willing to work in highly volatile regions, ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s Annual Mystery Tour of Africa

What a snapshot of
this moment in foreign policy: as China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi embarks this
week on his annual tour of African countries, the Pentagon is publicly disagreeing with U.S. President Trump about exactly which
Iranian sites might be targeted in possible airstrikes.

On the surface, the two don’t seem to have very much in common. After all, the China-Africa relationship and that between ...

Lessons African States Can Potentially Learn From Malaysia on How to Manage the Current U.S.-China Rivalry

As tensions between the United States and China steadily rise, a growing number of countries are feeling pressure to choose a side. The U.S., in particular, has warned countries that if they work too closely with China through loans, using Huawei equipment and so on, there could ...

Tweet of the Day: Not Everyone On Board With Idea That China’s Military Presence in Africa Poses a Threat

Popular Nigerian commentator Onye Nkuzi took issue with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg's comments yesterday that referenced China's growing military footprint in Africa as a potential threat to the western military alliance. Stoltenberg's comments regarding the Chinese in Africa were very quick in passing but Nkuzi's reaction highlights the ...

Q&A: Growing Demand in Africa for China’s Private Security Contractors

Three Chinese miners in the Southwestern Nigerian state of Osun were kidnapped at gunpoint last week, with one reportedly shot while trying to flee. Although all three hostages were released a few days later, the abduction once again reminded Chinese stakeholders across the continent as to ...

Russian, Chinese and South African Warships Docked in Cape Town Harbor Put on a Good Show

The visiting warships from China and Russia, along with South Africa's own vessels, were open to the public in Cape Town harbor for the past few days before they head out to sea for joint naval exercises that begin today. The ...

Q&A: The Powerful Political Optics of South Africa, China, and Russia Holding Joint Naval Exercises

After three days of public relations events onshore in the Cape Town harbor, it's now time for visiting Chinese and Russian warships to head out to sea along with South African vessels for two-days of joint naval exercises. This is the first time these three navies have ...
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