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China’s DRC Envoy Makes High-Profile Visit to Cobalt Mining Belt, Sends a Powerful Message to Both Kinshasa and Washington

China's ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zhu Jing, made a high-profile visit over the weekend to one of the country's most important power brokers in the heart of the cobalt mining zone in the southern mining belt in Katanga province. ...

Zhu’s Other Message in Katanga: See, We Are Building That Infrastructure We Promised

China has faced withering criticism in the DR Congo over the past year that it has failed to live up to the promises it made to build infrastructure in exchange for access to the country's vast mineral and metal resources. So, part of ...

Chinese State Media: Kenyan Police Detain Terrorism Suspect Scoping Out the New Nairobi Expressway

Police in Nairobi have reportedly detained an individual on Sunday they suspect might have been scoping out the newly-built, soon-to-be-opened Nairobi Expressway to commit an act of terrorism. David Mulinge Kasimbi was allegedly caught in a restricted zone according to two ...

Rear Admiral Gives the Clearest Hint to Date About Why the U.S. Is So Concerned About a Chinese Military Base in West Africa

One of the Pentagon's most senior military officers for Africa provided the clearest indication so far as to why the United States is becoming increasingly anxious over the purported Chinese ambition to build a military outpost somewhere along Africa's Atlantic coast, most likely in Equatorial Guinea.

China’s Ban on South African Wool is Hitting Farmers Hard

South Africa’s agriculture sector is reeling from China’s decision to ban all imports of products derived from cloven-hoofed animals and their products, following an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the country. The wool industry is particularly affected, with 80% ...

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 ...

Russia Presses BRICS to Allow Payment Routes Around Sanctions

As Russia is being squeezed by Western sanctions, it is reaching out to its partners in the BRICS bloc (Brazil, India, China, and South Africa) to allow transactions in their local currencies and to integrate payment systems. This follows the move ...

Pakistan’s Constitutional Crisis Complicates China’s Position in the Region

Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan is out, after losing a last-minute no-confidence vote in the country’s parliament on April 9. This follows a dramatic week of maneuvering to avoid the vote, which Khan has blamed on a “foreign conspiracy” of traitors and U.S. officials. The ...

Against Debt Trap Allegations as Financial Crisis Worsens

As Sri Lankan society buckles under an economic crisis fueled in part by an enormous debt burden, China is pushing back against allegations that it stranded the desperate country in a ‘debt trap.’ Mass protests took place across Sri Lanka throughout last ...

Language Barriers Make their Expected Appearance in Zim-China Fight

As the battle between Chinese companies and civil society groups in Zimbabwe drags on, spokespeople for the Chinese side are drawing on some evergreen classics of Africa-China discourse: language barriers and unfair press coverage. Speaking at a panel discussion on the toxic relations ...