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China’s Ambassador to South Africa: Pompeo Stuck in the Cold War With an “Outdated, Zero-Sum Mentality”

China's outspoken ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, held a press conference this week that was broadcast live on South African TV from the embassy in Pretoria. The media briefing was presumably intended to provide updates on China's efforts to contain the COVD-19 outbreak at home and ...

Q&A: “Pleasantly Surprised” Pompeo Did Not Focus on China During Recent Africa Tour

Prior to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's arrival in Africa for his three-nation tour that wrapped up in Ethiopia on Thursday, Gabon-based China-Africa analyst Cornelia Tremann wrote a column for The Lowy Institute's "The Interpreter" website where she made a series of recommendations for what ...

Chinese State Media Acted Like the Pompeo Visit Never Happened

When the U.S. Secretary of State travels abroad, most independent international news outlets consider it worthy of mention in their daily coverage. But not the Chinese state media. There's not a single news item, not even a brief mention, of Mike Pompeo's visit to Ethiopia on any ...

It Shouldn’t be a Huge Surprise That China is Not Pleased With Pompeo’s Africa Tour

One of China's leading English-language newspapers took aim at Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his ongoing three-nation African tour. In a sharply worded editorial published on Monday, China Daily described U.S. policy as "demeaning" and "arrogant."  The newspaper also rebutted ...

After Avoiding the Issue in Senegal, China Creeps Back into Pompeo’s Messaging in Angola

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrapped up his visit to Angola, the second stop on a three-nation African tour, where he largely stayed on message promoting U.S. business interests and focusing on anti-corruption issues. But unlike in Senegal where the Secretary avoided any public mention of ...

Nigeria Doesn’t Want to Have to Choose Between the U.S. & China

Tensions between the United States and China have deteriorated significantly in recent years amid bitter disputes over trade, technology and geopolitical competition around the world. Other countries are increasingly being drawn into this rivalry and either directly or indirectly forced ...

World Bank Chief’s Criticism of AfDB Lending Practices Also Reflects Broader U.S. Anxiety About Chinese Debt in Africa

Officials at the African Development Bank (AfDB) are still smarting over last week's comments by World Bank president David Malpass who accused the AfDB of having “a tendency to lend too quickly and add to the debt problem of the countries" on the ...

Pompeo Goes to Africa And, So Far, Stays Quiet About China

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Angola today after wrapping up the first stop of his three-nation African tour in Senegal over the weekend. Secretary Pompeo met with Senegal's Economy Minister Amadou Hott and business leaders where he announced a number of ...

Trump’s Travel Restrictions Benefits Only China

Overwhelmed by the coronavirus panic, US President Donald Trump’s impeachment folderol, and the chaotic Iowa Democratic caucuses, few took notice of the Trump administration’s announcement that it will expand its controversial 2017 travel restrictions to six more countries, including four in Africa. It is a politically expedient ...

Cornelia Tremann: U.S. Secretary of State’s Upcoming African Visit Reveals a Strategy Fixated on Hobbling Chinese Momentum

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will make his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa from February 15th to the 19th when he'll visit Senegal, Angola, and Ethiopia. In a briefing earlier this week ...
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