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U.S. Increasing Pressure on African Countries to Choose Sides on Ukraine

The United States and its allies are increasing pressure on African countries to choose sides in the conflict in Ukraine. U.S. officials are engaging with African journalists in order to sway public discussion about the conflict, while diplomatic pressure continues behind the scenes, notably during Secretary of ...

Anti-Russia Sanctions Could Boost Chinese Weapons Sales to Africa

Western pressure on African countries to stop trading with Russia could make China a more important supplier of weapons to the continent. Russia is Africa’s largest arms supplier, but now major arms buyers like Nigeria could turn to China as curbs on Moscow tighten. ...

Will the Ukraine Conflict Lead to a Russia-China-Africa Bloc?

The global blockade of Russia due to its invasion of Ukraine could unite it with China and Africa in a ‘non-democratic bloc’ that could encircle Europe. This was the conclusion of a new report by the French corporate and investment bank Natixis, which has drawn derision online. ...

It Was ASEAN’s Turn For China’s Fast-paced “Speed Dating” Diplomacy

Right after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi returned from his annual trip to Africa in early January he decamped from Beijing to set up shop temporarily in the small eastern city of Tunxi, 400km outside of Shanghai.  By ...

New Transport Corridor Gives China Direct Access to the Indian Ocean for the First Time

A new overland transport corridor has made history by linking China directly to the Indian Ocean for the first time. Built jointly by Chinese provinces and Singapore, the transport corridor links the Chinese manufacturing hub of Chongqing with Vientiane, ...

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 ...

Angolan Logistics Management Tender Will Increase Chinese Influence

The Angolan government is currently deciding which of two China-linked consortiums will manage a transport link that could significantly speed up shipments of strategic minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The corridor includes the Chinese-built 1,344 km Benguela rail line ...

Brazil’s Central Bank Quadruples Yuan Holdings, Raising Chinese Hopes for Greater RMB Acceptance

Brazil’s Central Bank increased its reserves of Chinese renminbi (RMB) fourfold last year. It is the latest indication that the RMB is set to become much more influential in the global financial landscape. A survey last week indicated ...

Experts React to China’s New Green BRI Guidelines

The Chinese government is trying to make the Belt and Road Initiative greener, with a new set of guidelines for overseas projects released last week by the powerful National Development and Reform Commission. But how will these new guidelines affect Chinese infrastructure projects around the ...

China’s Australia Tensions a Win for South African Wines 

South Africa doubled its exports of wine to China last year, following the souring of relations between Beijing and its biggest wine seller, Australia. While we’ve seen sporadic reports of how Western Cape wine farmers are leaning into their ...