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What It Was Like to Watch the Insurrection in the U.S. From South Africa

Lordeee…I went to bed early on Wednesday night, only to wake up to a full screen of notifications from the New York Times, and pictures of horned men storming the US Capitol. On the edge of the world in Johannesburg, I’m struck by the ...

Wang Yi’s Busy Day in Kinshasa

On the second stop of his weeklong Africa tour, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi spent a very busy day on Wednesday in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where he met with President Félix Tshisekedi and Foreign Minister Marie Tumba Nzeza. ...

The 5 Chinese Weapons Manufacturers You Should Know About

China is now among the world's top five largest arms exporting countries alongside the U.S., Germany, France and Russia, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) annual report on global weapons sales. Although China's becoming an increasingly important actor ...

U.S. Congressional Report: Africa is a “Cornerstone” of China’s Ambition to Revise the International Order

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (aka USCC), a congressionally-mandated U.S. government commission, submitted its annual report to Congress on Tuesday. The report provides a broad overview of how the United States perceives geostrategic competition with China across a variety ...

New Chinese-Made Wing Loong II Attack Drones Arrive in Nigeria

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) marked the arrival this week of a pair of Wing Loong II attack drones from China. The Wing Loong II is among China's most sophisticated unmanned combat aerial vehicles, and can remain airborne between 26 and 31 hours. ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

How Will Biden Shake Up Africa Relations? Let’s Watch

Tomorrow, the whole world’s eyes will be on the inauguration of Joe Biden. Stepping into a moment of unprecedented domestic crisis, he will probably have relatively little bandwidth for Africa. Indications are that the Biden administration plans to steer away from the Trump era’s unilateralism. While the incoming Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs hasn’t been confirmed yet, many State Department appointments have been filled by veterans from the Obama era. ...

The China-Mediterranean Observer: In Forging Closer Ties With China, Iran Wants to Avoid Past Mistakes

As per usual, the articles published by the wider Mediterranean region’s media offer interesting insights into how China is perceived. Among the most valuable ones, we found commentaries published in Iran that further shed light on the local perception of the much-discussed new cooperation agreement between Beijing ...

218 Chinese Blue Helmets Begin New Deployment in the DR Congo

The Chinese embassy in Kinshasa announced that a contingent of UN-commanded 218 PLA soldiers, who arrived in the country on September 30th, is now operational. The embassy noted that this is the Chinese military's 24th deployment to the DRC since 2003.

Glimpses of Future China-Africa Engagement

For a while, I've been wondering about Chinese peacekeeping in Africa. Specifically, I was wondering where it went as a topic of discussion. A few years ago, every second China-Africa seminar seemed to focus on peacekeeping. Then attention moved to debt, and I assumed that Beijing was ...

How the World’s Great Powers Are Exacerbating the Security Crisis in the Sahel

Russia-MENA analyst and Oxford University PhD candidate Samuel Ramani argues in a compelling new article in Foreign Policy that a combination of narrow political agendas, unilateral actions and a bias towards supporting authoritarian governments by France, the U.S., Russia and China are all contributing to ...

U.S., Europe Becoming Increasingly Worried Over China’s Dominance of the World’s Cobalt Supply Chain

With ties between China and the U.S. and Europe becoming increasingly strained, there's growing concern in Washington, Brussels, and other European capitals about China's dominance over the supply for strategically vital metals and minerals, especially cobalt. Cobalt is widely used in ...
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