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Competing With China Cited as a Key Reason for New U.S. Army Deployment to Africa

The Pentagon made it very clear on Wednesday that countering Chinese influence in Africa was a key factor behind the decision to deploy the Army’s 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) from Fort Benning, Georgia to work various African militaries. In fact, ...

China: Between Opening up Its Financial Sector and Holding on to Its Key Economic Sectors

Until recently, foreign companies had been restricted from autonomously and freely operating in the Chinese market due to the strict requirement by China’s government for full Chinese ownership and leadership in the country’s key economic sectors: telecommunications, railways, finance, aerospace among others. For foreign companies that operate ...

China’s Pressure Campaign on eSwatini Highlights an Extreme Contrast in State Power

This month's report by journalist Carien Du Plessis in South Africa' Daily Maverick newspaper about heightened Chinese pressure on eSwatini, the last remaining country in Africa to recognize Taiwan, is ...

How Can the International Community Help Africa to Combat Novel Coronavirus?

Africa is at risk of an outbreak of coronavirus, even if, so far, there are no confirmed cases of the virus. Several days ago, the World Health Organization declared that a coronavirus outbreak as a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)”. Tedros Adhanom, Director-General of ...

Both China and South Africa Face Acute Water Challenges. Here’s How They Can Work Together.

When I visited my family in Cape Town in 2018, it was during the height of the water crisis. Cape Town was heading towards what became known as “Day Zero”, the predicted date of the city’s water supplies running dry. The ...

Kenyatta Comes to Washington With a Simple, Blunt Message: Africa is Not Up for Grabs

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta began his visit to the United States on Wednesday with an urgent call to international leaders to stop thinking of Africa as a prize to be won. "Western countries, and their counterparts in Asia and the Middle East, are returned to competition over ...

Tweet of the Day: China’s Confucius Institutes in Africa Expand Beyond Cultural Education 

Folashadé Soulé is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Oxford and a leading scholar in China-Africa negotiations with a particular emphasis on Chinese engagement in ...

Ethiopian Airlines Gambles With its Hardwon Brand Equity by Continuing to Fly to China

Ethiopian Airlines' decision to continue operating direct flights to China amid the worsening coronavirus outbreak threatens to erode the airline's hardwon brand equity. While 59 other carriers from 44 different countries have all grounded their flights to China, Ethiopian Airlines

Pressure Mounts on Ethiopian Airlines to Halt Flights to China

Ethiopian Airlines appears to be stubbornly holding on to its flight operations between China and Addis Ababa, while almost all other African carriers have halted flights to China due to the spiraling coronavirus epidemic. Ethiopian Airlines is Africa's largest airline, operating daily flights to five Chinese cities, ...

Reflections on a Week in Washington

I'm on my way back to Asia after having spent a fascinating week in Washington, D.C. meeting with key stakeholders in government, think tanks and NGOs who are all engaged in U.S. foreign policy towards both China and Africa. Everyone was so gracious with their time and ...
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