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China’s Ambassador to Somalia Makes Clear That When It Comes to Taiwan, There’s No Room For Compromise

Occasionally, China's famously media-shy ambassadors in Africa come out of their shells and engage in surprisingly frank discussions on social media. Admittedly, it doesn't happen very often but it did on Monday over on Fei Shengchao's Twitter page when the Chinese envoy to Somalia responded to critical ...

China Fumes While Taiwan and Somaliland Officials Bump Elbows

It's been a busy two days for a ministerial delegation from Somaliland, who are in Taiwan for the week. Soon after they arrived, Foreign Minister Essa Kayd Mohamoud met with President Tsai Ing-wen. Later on Wednesday, the group traversed the short distance across 2/28 Peace Park to ...

Somaliland FM Pitches “Huge” Oil and Gas Potential to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen

Somaliland Foreign Minister Esse Kayd on Wednesday began a five-day tour of Taiwan at the Presidential Office Building in Taipei, where he met with President Tsai Ing-wen. Kayd was especially keen to extol the potential for Taiwanese companies ...

Conservative Think Tank Analysts in DC Want the White House to Formally Recognize Somaliland as a Challenge to China

There are growing calls among prominent conservative foreign policy analysts in Washington, D.C. for the United States to extend formal diplomatic recognition to the self-declared state of Somaliland as a way to confront "the growing threat from China and uncertainty over Djibouti's future."

Beijing and Taipei: The Latin American Geopolitical Connection

By Dr. Alvaro Mendez Some observers insist that the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) presence in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is not geopolitically motivated. I acknowledge that Chinese foreign policy may be driven currently mostly by economic, diplomatic, and ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Q&A: Africa’s Role in China’s Global Military Expansion – Defense Expert Unpacks a Thorny Issue

The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral John Aquilino, on Tuesday added to the growing alarm in Washington DC defense circles about the global reach of China’s military. 

Speaking in front of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, Aquilino said China is building capacity to seize Taiwan, and: “The PRC also seeks to establish a network of overseas military installations that would extend its reach, allowing support for an increasingly ...

Between ‘a’ Vision and ‘the’ Vision Lies Division

Everyone is cramming in a last flurry of calls and briefings and ‘quickly touching base on’ before the end of the year. It made my week so jam-packed that I can literally not recall what I said to whom. One through-line, however, has been values. This is ...

A Small Chinese Aid Donation in The Gambia Reveals One of China’s Bigger Priorities in Africa

At a glance, Saturday's announcement that China would provide a $23 million grant to The Gambia for unspecified "economic and technical cooperation" (that's often diplomatic speak for unrestricted aid) doesn't seem remarkable at all. Ambassador Ma Jianchun ...

The Chinese Embassy in Mogadishu Seethes Over Taiwan’s Presence in Somaliland

Although China has not said much of Taiwan's trade office in the self-declared state of Somaliland since it opened last year, it's nonetheless evident that Taipei's official presence in the Horn of Africa gives them heartburn, particularly among diplomats at the embassy in Mogadishu. ...

China’s New Man in Somalia

China's newly-appointed ambassador to Somalia, Fei Shangchao, presented his credentials to President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo on Tuesday at the presidential palace in Mogadishu. Afterward, Fei and President Famaajo discussed the importance of the One China Policy which is ...

Why Afghanistan Isn’t Taiwan

By Hugo Jones and Lukas Fiala This week the world watched in real-time the Afghan government collapse, the Taliban’s rapid capture of Kabul, and scenes of abandonment at the capital’s airport. Afghans clinging on to a U.S. Air Force plane in ...
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