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Minister and MPs Clash Over Chinese Contract to Upgrade Uganda’s Entebbe Airport

Ugandan opposition MPs renewed their criticism of the government's handling of a $200 million loan deal with the China Exim Bank to upgrade the Entebbe International Airport near Kampala.  Works and Transport Minister Edward Katumba along with officials from ...

EU-Africa Summit Set to Begin Amid a Rapidly Changing Geopolitical Landscape

African leaders have been arriving in Brussels all week in advance of the two-day Europe-Africa summit that begins tomorrow. But the timing of this year's gathering comes as some in Europe are bracing for what could be the continent's largest war since WWII and an increasingly contentious ...

German Construction Companies Struggle to Find a Way to Compete Against Chinese Rivals in Africa

European leaders have made it very clear in recent weeks that they intend to compete vigorously against Chinese rivals for a larger slice of the African infrastructure construction market. While that may sound nice, in practice it's going to be difficult. ...

World Bank Becoming Increasingly Anxious About Risks From China’s Opaque Lending Practices to Global South Countries

The World Bank is becoming increasingly explicit about its concerns related to Chinese lending practices in low and middle-income countries, even though it doesn't call out the Chinese government by name. On two separate occasions on Tuesday, the Bank issued warnings ...

China’s Ambassador to Mali Gives Public Show of Support As Bamako Faces Growing International Isolation

Ambassador Chen's meeting with Mali's national police chief is particularly notable in light of Bamako's growing isolation in the international community. Mali is currently facing sanctions from the West African regional organization ECOWAS with the support of France, the United States and the European Union.

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 ...

The South African Government is Making Huawei an Example

The South African Department of Labor’s decision to sue the local subsidiary of the Chinese mobile technology giant Huawei for hiring too many foreign workers could signal a wider crackdown on foreign firms. This comes as the country’s unemployment rate soars and pressure to allocate ...

The Global Gateway’s Real Challenge

With the EU-AU summit kicking off later this week in Brussels, I’ve been fielding questions from several journalists. They all kick off with one question: will the EU’s Global Gateway supplant the Belt and Road Initiative in Africa? In answering with a ...