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Q&A: Africa’s Role in China’s Global Military Expansion – Defense Expert Unpacks a Thorny Issue

The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral John Aquilino, on Tuesday added to the growing alarm in Washington DC defense circles about the global reach of China’s military.  Speaking in front of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, Aquilino ...

Update on the Current State of China-Nigeria Ties With Efem Ubi

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari had envisioned leaving office with vast amounts of shiny new Chinese-financed infrastructure built throughout the country. That's not going to happen. China has lost its appetite for large-scale development projects in Nigeria leaving some $15 billion of ...

Building a Shared Future for All Life Along the Belt and Road Initiative

By Rebecca Ray This Sunday, May 22, marks International Day for Biological Diversity, and this year the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has chosen a theme of “building a shared future for all life.” China’s role ...

Southward Bound

Over the last few months, you may have seen a few changes around these pages. While our focus has always been (and will always be) on Africa, you probably spotted the odd Southeast Asian or Middle Eastern, or Latin American story cropping up.

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Q&A: Africa’s Role in China’s Global Military Expansion – Defense Expert Unpacks a Thorny Issue

The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral John Aquilino, on Tuesday added to the growing alarm in Washington DC defense circles about the global reach of China’s military. 

Speaking in front of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, Aquilino said China is building capacity to seize Taiwan, and: “The PRC also seeks to establish a network of overseas military installations that would extend its reach, allowing support for an increasingly ...

Kenyan Avocado Farmers Will Have to Jump Through One More Hoop Before Exports to China Can Begin

The Kenyan government's years-long effort to export fresh avocados to China ran into yet another obstacle this week when Chinese authorities informed Nairobi that another round of audits will be required before shipments can begin. “We have received communication from China ...

So Far, The New Chinese-Built Nairobi Expressway Isn’t Doing Much to Relieve Traffic Congestion

This is what critics of the new Nairobi Expressway feared would happen: that a select few wealthy motorists would be able to afford the tolls while everyone else is relegated to the side roads that are jammed far beyond capacity.

Nigeria’s China-Friendly Transport Minister Resigns to Run for President

Rotimi Amaechi formally resigned on Tuesday from his position as Nigeria’s minister of transportation. The move is in preparation to compete in Nigeria’s upcoming presidential election, scheduled for February 2023.   During his tenure, Amaechi oversaw the transformation ...

Stalled Chinese Financing Complicates Buhari’s Infrastructure Legacy

Nigeria’s presidential race is officially on, but many are wondering how China will shape the fortunes of the ruling All Progressives Congress, the party of the current front-runner Rotimi Amaechi, the country's former transport minister. President Muhammadu Buhari came ...

Engagement Between Chinese Policy Banks and African Governments Continue Despite Funding Pull-Back

The current pull-back in infrastructure financing from Chinese policy banks is scrambling the funding options for African infrastructure. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that the reduction in lending is permanent or that Chinese policy banks have lost their interest in the continent. This tweet from Ethiopia's embassy ...

DRC Cobalt Shipments to China Resume Via the Port of Durban

Cargo vessels loaded with Congolese cobalt are once again making their way to China now that port operations in Durban are beginning to recover. The port was shut for weeks after severe floods last month blocked the roads and railways that transport the ...

Unhappy With Continued Reliance on China for Critical Minerals, U.S. Senators Push Biden to Act

In a rare display of bipartisanship, a group of U.S. Senators this week sent letters to four cabinet members expressing their frustration over the administration's lack of progress in using funds allocated by Congress in the Energy Act of 2020 to ...

“Chinatown is Closed! Close the Shop or We Burn the Shop Down”

A growing anti-immigrant movement in South Africa says it is now targeting not only undocumented immigrants, but even those with residency permits doing low-skilled work. Operation Dudula (“force out” in isiZulu) made clear they are campaigning against both African and Chinese undocumented workers, and ...

UK Reshapes Foreign Aid Strategy to Confront China 

The United Kingdom has announced major shifts in its foreign aid strategy. These changes put the UK in closer alignment with the United States, and redirect aid spending toward geopolitical goals, particularly containing China’s rise. UK foreign aid has been cut by ...

Top U.S. Treasury Official Issues Veiled Warnings to African Countries About the Risks of Borrowing From China

Deputy U.S. Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo repeated longstanding warnings to African ministers about the dangers of borrowing from China in a virtual speech before the Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development that's taking place in Dakar, Senegal this week.
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