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Head of U.S. Forces in Africa Repeats Unsubstantiated Claim that China Is Planning an Atlantic Military Base

The commander for U.S. forces in Africa (AFRICOM), General Stephen J. Townsend reiterated his assertion that China is looking to build a second military base in Africa, this time somewhere along the Atlantic coast. In a wide-ranging ...

How the Chinese Debt Trap Narrative Spreads in Washington

A webinar convened on Friday by the Middle East Policy Council in Washington, D.C. highlights how the Chinese debt trap narrative has become an accepted truth among U.S. stakeholders, despite a lack of evidence that Beijing intentionally loads up developing countries with unsustainable levels of ...

Construction of an Important Sino-Nigerian Infrastructure Experiment is Almost Finished, Says Transportation Minister

Nigeria's Transportation Minister (and likely presidential candidate) Rotimi Amaechi conducted a site visit on Saturday of the massive Lekki Deep Seaport project in Lagos where he said construction is now 80% finished. He added that he's expecting Chinese contractors to finish ...

Uganda Hosts Trade and Investment Forum in Beijing

The Ugandan embassy in Beijing and the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs convened a hybrid on and offline conference on Friday to discuss how to boost Chinese trade and investment in the East African country. High on the agenda were the ...

Heated Confrontation Between Chinese Businesses and Civil Society Groups Intensifies in Zimbabwe

A simmering conflict between a coalition of 27 civil society groups in Zimbabwe and Chinese enterprises, mostly mining companies, boiled over late last week when organizations representing both sides published scathing statements about each other. The primary complaint by the civil ...

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 ...

It’s Becoming Increasingly Difficult For African News Consumers to Figure Out What’s Legitimate News About China and What’s Propaganda

A column published on one of Ghana's largest news portals, Ghanaweb, on Sunday highlights the difficulties confronting readers in determining what is legitimate editorial content and what is state-produced propaganda. Last week, the official Ghana News Agency published ...