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Chinese Medical Team Arrives in South Sudan

Although Chinese officials and media don't showcase COVID-19 relief efforts in Africa that much anymore, especially compared to the hype these activities received a couple of months ago, medical teams and PPE donations continue apace across the continent. In Juba, the ...

A Slick New Documentary Goes Full “Wolf Warrior” to Showcase China’s Blue Helmets in South Sudan

A trailer dropped this weekend for "Blue Defensive Line" (蓝色防线), a new documentary about Chinese United Nations peacekeeping troops in South Sudan that will air on the CCTV6 movie channel. It's interesting that the producers featured a soundbite in the trailer ...

South Sudan Closes a Chinese-Built Highway Due to Poor Quality

South Sudan's Vice President of Infrastructure announced this week that construction of the 392km Juba-Rumbek highway to Uganda will be suspended due to quality concerns. Portions of the road were swept away during a heavy storm ...

Tweet of the Day: South Sudan is one of the Few Places Where Chinese and European Diplomats Actually Seem Like They Want to Work Together

EU Ambassador to South Sudan, Dr. Sinead Walsh, posted this image today on the EU in South Sudan Twitter feed that shows herself alongside EU Special Representative for the Horn of ...

China Jumps Back Into the Fight Against Ebola in Africa

The Chinese government is preparing to send medical personnel to South Sudan and Uganda in a bid to contain the spread of the Ebola virus that is currently ravaging parts of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since the Chinese ...

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 ...

Why the Stakes Are so High for China in South Sudan

Nowhere else in Africa do China's financial, diplomatic and geopolitical interests confront as much risk as they do in South Sudan. Beijing has invested billions of dollars in the country's oil sector, deployed over a thousand troops

Terrorism Forces Its Way Onto the China-Africa Agenda

Until just a few weeks, security had not been expected to be a major topic at the December Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit in Johannesburg. In the span of just a few short weeks, terrorism and security issues will likely ...

How South Sudan is Changing China

It's widely accepted that China is having a profound impact on China but rarely are African countries credited with changing China. The rare exception is South Sudan. China's complex economic and political interests in the country are prompting Beijing to re-think ...

China Halts Arms Sales to South Sudan (Wait, What?)

In June, China's ambassador to Juba publicly declared that Beijing would not sell weapons to any side of the ongoing civil conflict in South Sudan. So it was a bit of a surprise when it was discovered that $38 million of weapons had been ...
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