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Wang Yi Is on His Way Back to Africa

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will return to Africa on Tuesday. He will arrive in the Eritrean capital Asmara to begin a three-nation, four-day tour that will also take him to Kenya and the Indian Ocean island state of Comoros.  The tour ...

2022 Marks a New Era in U.S.-Ethiopia Ties and an Important Opening for China

The United States followed through with its pledge to strip Ethiopia of its trade privileges under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) in response to "gross violations of internationally recognized human rights." The U.S. Trade Representative announced on Saturday that Ethiopia, together ...

Kenya’s Transport and Infrastructure Minister Explains Why Big Projects All Go to Chinese Contractors

Kenya's straight-talking Transportation and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary James Macheria (photo) bluntly explained why the government consistently awards major infrastructure projects to Chinese contractors: For any project, we go through a very competitive process. I will give you an ...

Two Leading International Development Finance Heads Single Out China For the Ballooning Debt Crisis in the Global South

Two of the world's most prominent development finance leaders, Emmanuel Moulin (left), chair of the Paris Club, and World Bank President David Malpass (right), separately named China as one of the key factors in the worsening debt crisis among developing countries.

When France Builds a Train in Africa, the International Media Coverage is Very Different Than When China Does

Senegalese President Macky Sall launched a new 40-kilometer commuter railway last week that will link the industrial city Diamniadio with the capital Dakar. The debut of the new Regional Express marked an important milestone for Senegal. It is the first rail line to be built in ...

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 ...