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China’s New Ambassador to Djibouti Speaks With Jeune Afrique in One of His First Interviews With International Media

It's still relatively rare that Chinese ambassadors in Africa do interviews with the international media and even it's more notable that a relatively new envoy makes himself available to publications like the Paris-based magazine and website Jeune Afrique (JA). Hu Bin, ...

One of Those “Only in Djibouti” Days

Djibouti's Chief of the General Staff of the Armies, Lieutenant General Zakaria Cheikh Ibrahim (photo), had a very busy day last Thursday hosting senior naval commanders from both China and the United States for a series of meetings that can only happen in the strategically located country on ...

China’s New Man in Djibouti

China's new ambassador to Djibouti Hu Bin presented his credentials to Foreign Minister Mahmoud Ali Youssouf on Monday.  https://twitter.com/ChineAmbDjibout/status/1419718652463566854?s=19 Hu is the second ...

General Stephen Townsend’s Comments on China Are Not Helping the U.S. Cause in Africa

The top commander for U.S. forces in Africa (AFRICOM), General Stephen Townsend, thought it would be a good idea to re-surface the old trope that China is looking to build a new military outpost in Africa, this time on the West Coast.

U.S. General Predicts China Will Deploy More Military Forces to Protect Its Interests in Africa and the Americas

Chinese engagement in Africa is becoming an increasingly popular topic of conversation on Capitol Hill among U.S. lawmakers who, raised the issue again last week during testimony by Lieutenant General Scott Berrier, head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. During a Q&A session with Republican Senator Jim Inhofe, General ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

How a Port Expansion in a Tiny, Self-Declared African Country Reverberates Around the World

One of the key discussions in the run-up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit is whether China is stepping away from funding large-scale infrastructure projects like roads and ports. 

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EIU Maps Out China’s Rapidly Expanding Digital Engagement in Africa

The Economist Intelligence Unit published a special report on China-Africa relations last month that includes a number of compelling visuals that showcase the breadth of Chinese engagement on the continent. In this instance, regarding China's digital footprint in ...

Second Batch of Chinese Vaccines to Arrive Today in Zimbabwe

A chartered Air Zimbabwe flight is scheduled to land at Robert Mugabe International Airport in Harare with the second batch of Chinese-made vaccines. The fact that Ambassador Gao Shaochun mentioned in a Tweet that the new jabs have been procured from China indicates that this latest shipment ...

China’s Massive New Data Trunk Line Linking Asia, Africa, and Europe is Nearing Completion

A consortium of Chinese companies is nearing completion of the 12,000-kilometer PEACE cable (Pakistan East Africa Connecting to Europe) that will deliver badly-needed bandwidth to large swathes of Africa. The capacity of the undersea cable is so large, in fact, that it can transport 90,000 hours of ...

The Economist Intelligence Unit Mapped Out Chinese Trade and Investment in Africa

The London-based Forecast Director for the Economist Intelligence Unit, Agathe Demarai, has been posting quite a bit lately on China-Africa issues, albeit with varying degrees of accuracy (her assertion that Africa as a continent had a Chinese debt problem is not correct, for example) ...

Africa’s Role In the Current India-China Rivalry

Africa is emerging as a front in two great power rivalries, one between China and the U.S. and the other between China and India. The increasingly bitter feud between Asia's two largest countries now extends beyond the sub-continent into the Indian ...
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