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Egypt is Now the Main Hub for Chinese Vaccine Diplomacy in Africa and the Middle East

While Europeans and Americans are now ramping up their efforts to develop COVID-19 manufacturing facilities in Africa, a Chinese joint venture in Egypt is already well underway where it's becoming a vital hub in Beijing's vaccine diplomacy in both Africa and the Middle East.  ...

G20 Again Pays Lip Service to Developing World Debt Relief But Still Refuses to Do Anything To Resolve the Crisis

Finance ministers and central bank heads from the world's twenty largest countries wrapped up their latest get-together in Jakarta on Friday without any meaningful progress on the burgeoning debt crisis in developing countries.  Instead, everyone seemingly blamed everyone else ...

Washington’s Top Diplomat for Africa Presumably Asked the Equatorial Guineans to Put the Kibosh on a Future Chinese Military Base

U.S. government officials regularly criticize China for embracing African dictators in pursuit of Beijing's strategic interests, so it was a tad ironic to see photos and videos late last week of a high-level American delegation led by Washington's top diplomat Molly Phee so warmly received in an ...

The Optics of the High-Level U.S. Delegation Visit to Equatorial Guinea Are Bad, Really Really Bad

When U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Molly Phee met with Equatorial Guinean President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo last week at the Presidential Palace in Malabo to try and put a stop to the building of a Chinese military base in the West African country, she ...

Column Appears in Pro-China Newspaper in South Africa to Make the Case for Huawei

The Editor in Chief of the South African edition of the U.S. tech-business magazine Fast Company, Wesley Diphoko, rallied to the defense of Chinese networking giant Huawei in a column published in the pro-Chinese news outlet Independent Online. ...

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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 ...

China’s Ambassador to Uganda Spends an Afternoon in the Garden With the President

President Yoweri Museveni welcomed China's ambassador to Uganda, Zhang Lizhong, for a meeting in the garden at the State House in Entebbe. The occasion was ostensibly to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries ...

New CPC-financed Political Training Academy Opens in Tanzania

The latest Chinese-funded political training academy in Africa opened in Kibaha outside of Tanzania's commercial hub Dar es Salaam. Similar training academies have been built in Ethiopia, Tunisia and South Africa among other regions as part of ...

If the EU Really Wants to Challenge China in Africa, It’s Going to Have to Do Better

European leaders were all smiles on Friday at the end of a two-day summit in Brussels with their African counterparts which they hope will reset strained ties. The highlight of the summit was the announcement of a hugely ambitious $170 billion ...