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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 ...

Africa, Mideast Feature Prominently in Pentagon’s Annual Report on the Chinese Military

China has eclipsed the United States as the country with the world's largest navy, according to the Pentagon's annual report on the Chinese military that it submits to Congress. The new report warns that China is progressing steadily towards its ambition to have a ...

Chinese Embassy in SA Openly Worried About the Safety of Chinese Diaspora in South Africa After a Spate of Recent Murders

The Chinese embassy in Pretoria published a detailed statement on Monday in which it openly expressed concern about the safety of the Chinese diaspora in South Africa following the brutal murder of 7 Chinese nationals in the past 50 days. Embassy ...

China Issues First Public Statement on Mali Coup

The Chinese government offered its first response to the recent coup in Mali. Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian addressed this issue at his regular press briefing in Beijing yesterday: Beijing Daily: "Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced his ...

It’s Been a Violent Year for Chinese Workers in Africa

Aside from everything else going on, 2020 is proving to be a rather violent year for Chinese workers in Africa, particularly in Nigeria. Today's news that yet another Chinese national was taken hostage by kidnappers who raided a construction site in Niger state follows a ...

9 Nigerians Killed, 1 Chinese Kidnapped in Violent Assault on a Road Construction Site in Niger State

A group of heavily armed Muslim Fulani bandits raided at a road construction site on Monday in the central Nigerian state of Niger. The assailants apparently targeted expatriates and began shooting. Nearby private security forces responded and forced the gunmen to retreat, but not before ...

Interested in Taking a Graduate-level Class in China-Africa Relations Taught by One of the Leading Scholars in the Field? Here’s What the Course Would Look Like.

David Shinn, a former U.S. ambassador and current adjunct professor at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. published the syllabus for his fall semester graduate-level course on China-Africa relations that will, not surprisingly, take place online due to COVID-19. ...

A European Perspective on China’s Expanding Military Ties in West Africa

Tom Bayes, a researcher at the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation in Berlin joins Eric & Cobus to discuss his new paper that explores the implications for Europe of China's expanding military role in West Africa. Show Notes: ...

China’s Growing Security Role in Africa

The German think tank the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and the Berlin-based Mercator Institute for China Studies co-hosted a webinar last week that is now available online about China's growing security role in Africa.  The event included a presentation by 

The U.S.’ Fortress-like Missions Look a Lot Different in Africa Than They Do in China

Anyone who's passed by a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Africa will appreciate the sentiments expressed by popular Nigerian political commentator Onye Nkuzi (nom de plume.) He pointed out how pedestrians are able to walk right outside the walls of the former consulate in Chengdu (also ...
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