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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.

One Week to Go Before the Zambian Elections and President Lungu Leans Hard on Chinese-Built Infrastructure

One week from today Zambian voters will go to the polls to vote for their next president and the ruling Patriotic Front is relying heavily on Chinese-financed infrastructure development to get its man, President Edgar Lungu, re-elected. “Look at the infrastructure ...

China’s Huge Chili Pepper Market Now Open to Rwandan Exporters

The Rwandan embassy in Beijing is celebrating the opening of the China market for its country's chili pepper exporters. A 200kg shipment arrived in the central Chinese province of Hunan on Wednesday, making Rwanda the first African country to export peppers like this to China.

Ambassador: More Chinese FDI Going to the DR Congo Than Anywhere Else in Africa

Chinese companies have invested $176 million dollars in the DR Congo during the first half of this year, more than any other country in Africa, according to Ambassador Zhu Jing. That's basically the only takeaway from Ambassador Zhu's ...

Photo of DRC Soldiers Helping Chinese Small-Scale Miners Sparks Widespread Outrage on Congolese Social Media

This image has been circulating widely on Congolese Twitter for the past 24 hours. It shows Chinese miners working together with DRC army soldiers (FARDC) in what appears to be a form of small-scale mining in the town Bunia in the far eastern province ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China Intensifies SE Asian Diplomacy Amid U.S.-Philippine Exercises

Tensions are high in the South China Sea as the Philippines kicks off its annual Balikatan joint military exercises with the United States. The opening ceremony of the three-week, 17,000-troop operation took place on Tuesday, aimed at “highlighting ironclad alliance” between Washington and Manila, according to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. The exercises will also include France and Australia.
In response, China is signaling its own regional relationships. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi ...

Fact Check: No, 73 Chinese Miners in the DRC Were Not Arrested for Kidnapping and Eating Children

A fake news story is circulating now on Congolese Twitter that claims 73 Chinese miners in Katanga province have been arrested for kidnapping children and then eating them (yes, cannibalism). The story is fake and was debunked by ...

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 ...