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Somaliland Should Brace Itself For What Comes Next

All week I've been wondering why China's response to the opening of the new Taiwan representative office in the capital of Somaliland had been so subdued. Normally, whenever Taipei ventures out into the world to expand its diplomatic presence, Beijing responds almost instantly with ...

Was China’s Ambassador to Somalia Correct When He Claimed That China Accounts For Just 14% of Africa’s Debt?

Yesterday, China's ambassador to Somalia, Qin Jian, posted a Tweet where he stated that "China accounts for about 14% of all foreign debts in Africa," which was a figure that we hadn't previously seen. Since the Chinese government does not provide an easily accessible resource ...

China’s Ambassador to Somalia Attempts to Downplay African Debt Concerns

China's Ambassador to Somalia, Qin Jian, is on something of a Twitter tear these past few days. He's posted dozens of short commentaries on everything from Taiwan (not surprising given the recent Somaliland-Taiwan announcement), Somalia's potential for natural resource ...

Taiwan-Somaliland Deal Sparks Debate About Taipei’s Presence in Africa

Taiwan's recent effort to revive its diplomatic presence in Africa by signing an agreement with the self-declared state of Somaliland to set up representative offices in each other's territories sparked an immediate wave of predictable responses. China and Somalia denounced the ...

Both China and Somalia Equally Upset About Taiwan’s Entreaties With Somaliland

Somali President Mohamed Farmajo met with Chinese Ambassador Qin Jian on Saturday to publicly reaffirm Mogadishu's commitment to the "One China Policy" following last week's news that Taiwan was moving to establish a representative office in the self-declared breakaway state of Somaliland.

In Almost Every Story About China-Africa, Global Times Makes Sure to Slip in a Dig at the United States

The Global Times newspaper has long played the role of China's most outspoken anti-U.S. media outlet -- both with its editorial content and its fiery Editor in Chief, Hi Xijin, who just today said low-income Americans live in an "autocratic ...

Rwanda Attempts to Debunk Fake News Reports That it Deported 18 Chinese Nationals

Rwanda's foreign ministry is attempting to quell fake news reports now circulating widely online that claim President Paul Kagame deported 18 Chinese nationals for allegedly mistreating local workers. It's noteworthy that this online rumor was apparently sparked by 

How Somalia Plans To Be Heard at the Upcoming China-Africa Mega Summit

More than 50 African leaders are expected to be in Beijing in September for the upcoming Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit. While Africa’s largest and most strategically important countries will likely do very well, receiving huge financial ...

China’s Evolving Military Strategy in Africa

With some 3,300 military personnel under U.N. command in Africa, China today has more troops deployed to multinational operations than any other permanent member of the Security Council.  That figure is expected to increase sharply in the coming years as ...

There Are a Lot More Chinese Soldiers in Africa Today… And Likely More to Come

Over the past five years the Chinese military presence in Africa has undergone a profound change. Until 2012, the Chinese were happy to play a low-key support role in multinational peacekeeping operations on the continent, preferring to send military engineers and medical staff rather ...
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