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Remember When China, Russia, and South Africa Held Their First-ever Joint Naval Exercises? Well, it Didn’t Amount to Very Much 

There was a lot of hype/anticipation over the dramatic optics of the Chinese, Russian and South African navies holding their first-ever joint naval exercises off the coast of Cape Town. Did the presence of Russian and Chinese warships in the port ...

AFRICOM: While the U.S. Wants to Partner with African Governments to Fight Terrorism, China Instead Just Sells Weapons

To say that the U.S. Military Command for Africa (AFRICOM) does not think highly of China's engagement on the continent would be putting it mildly. In an article published today in Military Times, AFRICOM commanders are outright dismissive of the Chinese ...

Yun Sun: Chinese Debt Fatigue in Africa Opens Opportunities for New Emerging Powers

Brookings Institution non-resident fellow Yun Sun writes today that the Chinese debt-led financing model in Africa may be starting to wear thin as a growing number of countries across the continent become increasingly concerned about repaying all those Chinese loans. "As ...

Russian, Chinese and South African Warships Docked in Cape Town Harbor Put on a Good Show

The visiting warships from China and Russia, along with South Africa's own vessels, were open to the public in Cape Town harbor for the past few days before they head out to sea for joint naval exercises that begin today. The ...

Q&A: The Powerful Political Optics of South Africa, China, and Russia Holding Joint Naval Exercises

After three days of public relations events onshore in the Cape Town harbor, it's now time for visiting Chinese and Russian warships to head out to sea along with South African vessels for two-days of joint naval exercises. This is the first time these three navies have ...

Chinese, Russian Warships Arrive in Cape Town for Inaugural Joint Exercises with South Africa

Chinese, Russian and South African warships assembled in Cape Town on Monday for the start of Exercise Mosi, the first-ever joint naval exercises among these three countries. Yesterday and today the ships will be docked for public relations events and then on Thursday, they will head out ...

Q&A: Chinese and Russian Warships are in South Africa for First-Ever Naval Exercises. Should the U.S. be Worried?

Chinese and Russian warships arrived in Cape Town harbor over the weekend to take part in Exercise Mosi, the first-ever joint naval exercises among these three countries that will take place this week. The exercise will be divided into two parts: a media phase that starts ...

With Chinese and Russian Warships Heading to South Africa, Pretoria Sends a Powerful Message to the U.S. 

If U.S. officials haven't received the message yet that Pretoria is increasingly aligning its foreign policy with Washington's two most formidable adversaries then the image of Chinese and Russian warships docked in Cape Town later this month should do the trick.  ...

Africa’s New Embrace of Russia Risks Alienating China, U.S.

Last week's Russia-Africa Summit in the Black Sea city of Sochi marked Moscow's formal re-entry into the African diplomatic arena. The Russians put on a good show, promising Chinese-style "win-win" development and "no strings attached" aid, all of which was enthusiastically ...

South Africa President Reflects on Russia Summit and Defends Chinese Lending Practices

In his regular email newsletter, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa reflected on last week's inaugural Russia-Africa Summit and the changing geopolitical dynamics in Africa. Key Highlights from President Ramaphosa's Newsletter: "What we are ...
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