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China’s New Twitter Diplomacy in Africa Ramps Up Fast as Envoys Use the Platform to Challenge U.S. and Other Critics

The Chinese government's rapid adoption of Twitter over the past several months now appears to be entering a new phase as envoys across the continent are using the social media platform to launch much more pointed attacks against the United States and other critics.  ...

US Trade & Development Agency Chief: “China Hasn’t Changed Our Approach in Africa”

Despite his best efforts, the CNBC Africa journalist Karabo Lethlhatlha wasn't successful in getting the Acting Director of the United States Trade and Development Agency, Thomas R. Hardy, to comment on China. In an interview that was nominally about Washington's efforts to expand investment in Africa, Lethlhatlha, ...

African Union Caught in Middle of Bitter U.S.-China Feud Over Huawei

The Chinese government responded forcefully on Monday to a blistering speech by U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios that he delivered last week at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal where he slammed countries for "opening their arms" to the Chinese tech giant Huawei. During his ...

Does China Benefit From the U.S. Stripping Cameroon of Its AGOA Privileges?

At first glance, it would seem that the Trump administration’s decision to revoke Cameroon’s free-trade privileges would be counterproductive at this time when the U.S. is battling hard against the Chinese for influence in Africa. After all, Washington sanctioning Youndé on ...

U.S. Says Forget About China’s “Belt and Road,” It’s Time For Developing Countries to Get Ready for The New “Blue Dot Network”

The United States is proposing a new infrastructure development plan for developing countries that is presumably intended to rival China's multi-billion-dollar "One Belt, One Road" strategy. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross unveiled the new "Blue Dot Network" on Tuesday at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Bangkok.

Senior U.S. Official Warns African Governments About Relying on “Fast and Loose Money” 

The top energy diplomat for the United States, Francis Fannon, issued a clear warning to African governments to avoid taking oil and gas investments from "opaque forces" that could lead to erosion of their countries' sovereignty through debt-dependency. He didn't ...

As the US and France Try to Compete with China in Building African Infrastructure, Their Public-Private Financing Model is in Jeopardy

Both France and the United States have been vocal critics of China's state-led infrastructure development model in Africa and the accompanying loans for projects extended by Beijing's policy banks. Fearful that China is using loans to extend political influence along with the fact ...

Will China or the U.S. Build the New Mombasa-Nairobi Expressway? Confusion Swirls Amid Conflicting Headlines

The United States ambassador to Kenya, Kyle McCarter, blasted a report in the Friday edition of the Kenya Star newspaper that claimed the "U.S. government had ditched" the planned Mombasa to Nairobi expressway project and that the Kenyan government was now looking to Chinese ...

Q&A: Does China Benefit From the U.S. Stripping Cameroon of Its AGOA Privileges? Yes. No. Maybe.

At first glance, it would seem that the Trump administration's decision to revoke Cameroon's free-trade privileges would be counterproductive at this time when the U.S. is battling hard against the Chinese for influence in Africa. After all, Washington sanctioning Youndé on human rights plays right into the ...

When China Pushes Back Against the U.S. on Human Rights, It Plays Very Well in Many African Countries

At a press conference broadcast live on TV, Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta did not appreciate being lectured by former U.S. President Barack Obama on gay rights. "We ...
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