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A Peek Into the Mysterious World of Chinese Diplomacy

Chinese diplomats around the world are comprised of a mix of reclusive bureaucrats who strenuously avoid public engagement and a new generation of assertive, sometimes even downright aggressive so-called "Wolf Warriors" who wage combat with Beijing's critics.

Why the Pentagon May Be Misreading China’s Plans For Military Expansion in Africa

Back in March, General Stephen Townsend, the commander of U.S. forces in Africa (AFRICOM), triggered widespread anxiety within the American national security community when he speculated that China is looking to build a military base on Africa's Atlantic coast.

New CSIS Report Compares U.S. and Chinese Military Engagement in Africa

While the number of senior Chinese political officials who visit Africa every year far outpaces those from the United States, it's a very different story when it comes to military visits and overall engagement.  In fact, "Beijing’s observable interactions with current ...

The West’s Ignorance About What China’s Doing in Africa is a Feature Not a Bug

Those of us who concentrate on Africa-China relations have long warned that the current framing of the relationship as a zero-sum arena in a new cold war strips African states of agency. The problem isn’t only that it flattens the complex ...

The U.S. Senate Wants to Know What Washington Needs to Do to Be Competitive in Africa

A United States Senate subcommittee convened a hearing last week to discuss what the U.S. needs to do to be more competitive in Africa in terms of both trade and investment. While the hearing was ostensibly not intended to focus on ...

Josep Borrell’s Misguided Views on Chinese Vaccines in Africa

European Foreign Policy chief Josep Borrell is really unhappy with how the bloc's member states have hoarded vaccines for themselves at the expense of developing countries in Africa and Latin America. On Friday he criticized the EU's contributions to those regions as "insufficient."

China’s Role in Re-Energizing the South Sudan Peace Process

South Sudan marked its tenth anniversary this month as an independent country. Regrettably, though, after a decade of civil war and divided government that has left at least 400,000 people dead and displaced a third of the population, there isn't much ...

Major U.S. Conference on Africa Went All Day Without a Single Mention of the Word “China”

The 13th U.S.-Africa Business Summit kicked off on Tuesday with a number of online forums on issues like infrastructure development, COVID-19, and strengthening US investment on the continent. Several senior White House officials, African heads of state, and corporate leaders from both sides are taking part. Remarkably, ...

Zhang Hongming: China’s Strategic Need for Africa in a Time of Great Change

The perception among many stakeholders in the West and across Africa is that China's engagement in Africa is motivated by a need for natural resources and markets for its finished goods. While that may have been true during the early stages of China's presence on the continent ...

Two Day U.S.-Africa Business Summit Kicks Off Today As Part of White House Push to Revitalize Trade With the Continent

After years of sitting on the Africa summit sidelines, the United States is getting back in the game with the start of a two-day online business forum that starts on Tuesday. The gathering is organized by the business lobby group Corporate Council on Africa. ...
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