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How a Meeting Between China and the Global South 67 Years Ago Shapes Our World Today

As the crisis in Ukraine scrambles European politics and global supply lines, it’s also resurrecting long-buried geopolitical formations. In the rush to get Global South powers into formation against Russian aggression, Western powers have inadvertently added impetus to a reawakened non-aligned movement, with its roots in the ...

Shanghai Lockdown Causes Shipping Traffic Jam All Along Eastern China

The COVID lockdown that's causing a pileup of cargo vessels outside of the Port of Shanghai is now leading to shipping holdups all along China’s eastern seaboard. 477 ships, carrying everything from grain to metal ores are waiting all the way from Ningbo to the northern city of Tianjin. ...

Angola to Set Up Police Station Serving Chinese Community

The Government of Angola will set up a police station to serve the Chinatown district of its capital Luanda, announced José Bamoquina Zuwu, Angola’s Interior Minister. He made the announcement during a rare visit to the Chinese neighborhood. The move follows increasing attacks against Chinese residents in ...

Sudan’s First Confucius Institute Strengthens Military Ties

The Sudanese army is going to learn to speak Chinese! Well, at least a small contingent will. This follows the opening of the country’s first Confucius Institute at the University of Khartoum this week. The CI’s inaugural class will be made ...

China’s Ambassador to Somalia Takes On All-Comers In Rare Twitter Brawl

China's ambassadors in Africa are normally very reclusive, especially on English-language social media platforms like Twitter. So, it was a bit surprising to see Fei Shangchao, China's envoy to Somalia, get into an all-out Twitter feud on Tuesday with anyone and everyone willing to throw a verbal punch ...

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 ...

Trend of Shanghai “Blessing Videos” Featuring Africans Raises Dark Memories

Shanghai’s COVID lockdown is resurrecting a troubling trend in Africa-China social media. Online agents accept orders to create tailor-made videos to inspire Shanghai residents to persevere through the pandemic-related restrictions. The problem is that these videos include Africans, dancing and holding up signs in Chinese.

5 Recommendations for Tackling the Sovereign Debt Challenge in Southern Africa 

By Daniel Bradlow and Magalie Masamba The COVID-19 pandemic has had a particularly profound adverse impact on Africa’s sovereign debt situation. Currently, 22 low-income African countries are either in debt distress or at high risk of debt distress. This situation is likely to ...