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Ethiopian PM Opens New Chinese-Funded Leadership Academy in Addis Ababa

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed opened a new Chinese-funded training academy intended to support business and political leaders. China covered $34 million of the $50 million construction budget to build the new African Leadership Excellence Academy, the latest ...

Third Wave Sweeps Across Africa as Scarce Vaccine Supplies Run Out

A number of countries throughout Africa are exhausting their limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines just as a devastating third wave of the virus sweeps across the continent. Africa is by no means alone. Dozens of developing countries in other parts of ...

Will Chinese Vaccines Hold Up Against the Delta Variant? That Depends on Who You Trust.

The rapid spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus in Indonesia is prompting growing concern that the Chinese vaccines the country's now reliant on may not be up to the challenge. The Indonesian Medical Association reports that 10 of the ...

Policy Brief: China Now Among Key Factors Complicating U.S. Foreign Policy in the Sahel

The growing presence of "malign Chinese and Russian activities and influence" is one of three key factors complicating U.S. foreign policy in the Sahel Region of Africa, according to a new policy brief from the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. ...

A Chinese Woman Gets a Ceremonial Chieftancy in Nigeria and the Internet Goes Berserk

A well-known Nigerian chieftain in Lagos bestowed honorary chieftaincy titles on three foreign nationals and nine Nigerians earlier this month to commend them for their contributions to economic development in Lagos and Nigeria as a whole. The story largely ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Joint Battlefield Training to Raise Pressure in South China Sea

The U.S. military will reportedly introduce joint combat training with the Philippines in June. Major General Marcus Evans, commander of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, told the Associated Press that the training would increase the Philippine army’s ability to fight in challenging jungle conditions.
The training will run from June 1 to 10. At Manila’s request, the training will be held in Philippine territory for the first time. It will involve about 2,000 people ...

Tanzania President Hassan is Talking to the Chinese Again About a Port Deal in Bagamoyo. But She Might Be Too Late.

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan took everyone by surprise late last week when she announced that long-stalled talks with China about expanding the port of Bagamoyo are being resumed. Negotiations over a multi-billion dollar port deal with China Merchant Holdings (CMH) famously ...