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China Just Gave Kenya Two Luxury Buses and a New Foreign Ministry HQ

Kenya's new Foreign Ministry building will be built and paid for by the Chinese government. Ambassador Zhou Pingjian made the announcement late last week during a visit with Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau at the current foreign ministry headquarters in Nairobi. ...

$25 Billion of Deals Signed During Annual Silk Road Forum in China

The Fifth annual Silk Road International Exposition ended on Saturday in the northwestern Chinese city of Xi'an where officials announced that $24.6 billion worth of investment deals were reportedly signed during the five-day event. In all, organizers say 72 ...

“I Have Had Enough!” DRC President Étienne Tshisekedi Hints He’s Ready to Take on Chinese Investors Over Unfair Contracts

DR Congo President Étienne Tshisekedi ventured to the heart of the country's cobalt mining territory to personally deliver a warning to foreign investors (read Chinese) that unfair mining contracts are going to be re-negotiated. On Thursday, the president traveled to the city of Kowlezi in the southern ...

As Chinese Vaccines Exports Continue to Slow, Local Production Around the World Steadily Increases

China is rapidly closing in on 400 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered domestically, at a stunning pace of 14 million per day. All those domestic vaccinations means that China has fewer jabs to export abroad. While international shipments have slowed considerably ...

CNN Ran a Story on Big Tech Expanding in Africa That Didn’t Mention a Single Chinese or European Company

CNN International broadcast a report over the weekend purportedly about "how big tech is expanding in Africa" yet the story only mentioned five major U.S. tech companies and not one from either Europe or Asia. This is somewhat odd given that ...

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 global People’s Liberation ...

The Optics of China Paying For Kenya’s New Foreign Ministry Building Just Looks Awful

Kenya is a middle-income country with a $100 billion economy and it still can't afford to pay for its own $35 million foreign ministry building? Really? They spent $6 billion on a railroad and the government can't figure out a way ...