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UK Reshapes Foreign Aid Strategy to Confront China 

The United Kingdom has announced major shifts in its foreign aid strategy. These changes put the UK in closer alignment with the United States, and redirect aid spending toward geopolitical goals, particularly containing China’s rise. UK foreign aid has been cut by $4 billion since 2020.

Top U.S. Treasury Official Issues Veiled Warnings to African Countries About the Risks of Borrowing From China

Deputy U.S. Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo repeated longstanding warnings to African ministers about the dangers of borrowing from China in a virtual speech before the Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development that's taking place in Dakar, Senegal this week.

Is China Planning a New Military Base in Africa? New Paper Weighs the Options

Rumors that China is planning another military base in Africa are rife in Washington at the moment. Now a new paper by Paul Nantulya, a noted expert on Africa-China military links, was published by the Pentagon-aligned Africa Center for Strategic Studies. It unpacks the strategic calculations that underlie the ...

Military Links Between China and Iran More Than Meets the Eye

The visit to Iran by China’s defense minister Wei Fenghe in late April was more than a routine meeting. A new article by the defense experts Tuvia Gering and Jason M. Brodsky argues that it signaled closer military links including on drones, arms trade, and intelligence and ...

Argentina Could Be Joining BRICS

🇦🇷 Argentina could become a member of the BRICS group. Argentinian officials are joining a flurry of upcoming events with counterparts from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, the bloc's five permanent members. Brazil and China reportedly support Buenos Aires joining the group. (MERCOPRESS) ...

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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 ...

Speed is the One of the Key Hallmarks of Chinese Infrastructure Diplomacy in Africa

Chinese ambassador to the DR Congo, Zhu Jing, touted the rapid pace of construction of the new Kinsuka power station that's being built by Shanghai Power in the capital Kinshasa. Just 10 months after construction began, said Zhu on Twitter, the new station is more than 50% finished. ...

Update on the Current State of China-Nigeria Ties With Efem Ubi

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari had envisioned leaving office with vast amounts of shiny new Chinese-financed infrastructure built throughout the country. That's not going to happen. China has lost its appetite for large-scale development projects in Nigeria leaving some $15 billion of ...

Building a Shared Future for All Life Along the Belt and Road Initiative

By Rebecca Ray This Sunday, May 22, marks International Day for Biological Diversity, and this year the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has chosen a theme of “building a shared future for all life.” China’s role ...