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Things to Know About Africa-China Relations

Two very different rundowns of Africa’s relationship with China emerged over the past week. On the one side of the Pacific, the analyst Jordan Link published a paper framed as a list of five things U.S. policymakers should know about the relationship. On the other, Li Anshan, the ...

Folashadé Soulé on the Key Priorities For West African Countries at This Year’s China-Africa Summit

For much of the past twenty years, since the first FOCAC summit in 2000, China's engagement strategy on the continent has focused predominantly on anglophone countries in southern and eastern Africa like Kenya, Zambia, and South Africa. Angola, of course, was an important exception. ...

Li Anshan’s “Five Basic Facts About China-Africa Relations”

Professor Li Anshan is widely regarded as the preeminent Chinese scholar on African affairs. Li, who's now a professor emeritus at Peking University and President of the Chinese Association of African History, has shaped the Chinese intellectual discourse on Africa probably more than anyone else in academia. ...

FOCAC Comes as Both China and the U.S. Are Evolving Their Africa Policies

The upcoming FOCAC summit comes at a critical time when both the United States and China are actively transitioning their engagement strategies in Africa. For the Chinese, the summit will provide an opportunity to formally lift the veil on a new set ...

Last Week it Was B3W, This Week It’s The Blue Dot Network

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken led a discussion yesterday in Paris (photo) on the Blue Dot Network, another White House initiative aimed at curtailing China's Belt and Road Initiative. Blinken was joined by U.S. and European corporate and ...

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 ...

Almost Every Country in Africa Has Now Received Chinese Vaccines

46 African countries to date have received shipments of Chinese vaccines, either sold, donated, or both, according to the latest update from the Beijing-based consulting firm Bridge's vaccine tracker report. In total, China has shipped 72.3 million doses ...

China Shuns World’s Poorest Countries For COVID Vaccine Distribution

The overwhelming majority of Chinese COVID vaccines have been sold to middle-income countries with only about 2% going to low-income states, according to new research by the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. Since ...