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When It Comes to Security in Africa, the U.S. and China Have More in Common Than Many Think

The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee is currently hearing testimony from U.S. generals about U.S.-led security in the Middle East and Africa. Not surprisingly, the hearings are portraying China’s African priorities as opposed in all respects to those of the United States. However, there may ...

China’s Policy Banks Stopped All Funding For Overseas Energy Projects Last Year

The once seemingly endless flow of Chinese money to fund energy projects throughout the Global South reached a milestone in 2021 when it dropped to zero, according to new research from Boston University's Global Development Policy Center. A ...

The Generals in Charge of U.S. Forces in the Middle East and Africa Are Becoming Increasingly Nervous About Chinese and Russian Influence

Two of the U.S.' top generals who oversee commands for American forces in Africa and the Middle East issued new warnings on Tuesday about the risks to U.S. interests posed by both China and Russia.  Marine Corps General Kenneth McKenzie Jr., ...

China’s New Special Envoy For the Horn of Africa Lays Out His Agenda

China's newly-appointed Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa (HoA), Xue Bing, is currently touring the region to get up to speed on the key issues. Over the weekend, he met with Eritrean President  Isaias Afwerki and then traveled to Addis Ababa for talks ...

Latest Al-Shabab Attack in Kenya Prompts High-Level Security Talks With China’s Ambassador

High-level talks between three Kenyan ministers and Chinese ambassador Zhou Pingjian took place at the Interior Ministry in Nairobi on Tuesday to discuss the worsening security situation in Lamu county where Chinese contractors have been the victims of recent terrorist attacks.

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 ...

Huawei Marine is Nearly Finished Laying the 720km SHARE Cable Between Senegal and Cabo Verde

HMN Tech, a subsidiary of Chinese telecom giant Huawei, is almost finished with constructing the 720-kilometer undersea data cable that will link Senegal with the small island state of Cabo Verde off the coast of West Africa. The project, ...

Morocco Students Plead to Go Back to School… in China

Around a thousand Moroccan university students who started their studies in China but haven't been able to return since the beginning of the pandemic are pleading with the Chinese government to let them back into the country. China's borders have been ...