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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 ...

Q&A: Chinese and Russian Warships are in South Africa for First-Ever Naval Exercises. Should the U.S. be Worried?

Chinese and Russian warships arrived in Cape Town harbor over the weekend to take part in Exercise Mosi, the first-ever joint naval exercises among these three countries that will take place this week. The exercise will be divided into two parts: a media phase that starts ...

With Chinese and Russian Warships Heading to South Africa, Pretoria Sends a Powerful Message to the U.S. 

If U.S. officials haven't received the message yet that Pretoria is increasingly aligning its foreign policy with Washington's two most formidable adversaries then the image of Chinese and Russian warships docked in Cape Town later this month should do the trick.  ...

Why the U.S. Should Be Worried About South Africa’s Increasingly Close Ties With China

On its own, South African Deputy President David Mabuza's week-long trip to Beijing, which starts today, will probably not generate a lot of headlines. But his arrival in the Chinese capital caps a month of small but important milestones that all point to deepening of Sino-South African ...

Pentagon Emerges as Leading U.S. Government Voice on China-Africa Relations

The Pentagon, specifically its Africa Command, or AFRICOM, has become the U.S. government agency that most consistently speaks out on China-Africa issues. As a whole, the Trump administration doesn't seem very interested in Africa. Former National Security Advisor John Bolton's Prosper ...

Landry Singé: 3 Things to Watch for at the Russia-Africa Summit That Starts Today

The inaugural Russia-Africa Summit that starts today in the Black Sea city of Sochi will focus on three specific areas, according to Professor Landry Signé from the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. "Pragmatic economic cooperation, military-technical partnerships, and ...

China Remains Top Troop Contributor to UN Peacekeeping Ops in Africa Among Permanent Five Security Council Members

Some new data is now available regarding Chinese military and police forces who now operate under UN command in African peacekeeping operations. China is also the second-largest contributor to ...
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