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Indian Rumor Sparks Weekend of Baseless Speculation About Coup in China

All weekend there was wild speculation on both Indian and U.S. Twitter that Chinese President Xi Jinping had been placed under house arrest and that a military coup had taken place in Beijing. There was no coup, of course, and there is no ...

New Clues About China’s “Security Through Development” Strategy After Uganda Meeting

Xue Bing, China's Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, wrapped up a four-nation tour of the region on Friday in Uganda following a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni at the State House in Entebbe. One would expect someone in Xue's role to ...

New Kenyan Government “Has No Plans to Scale Down Collaboration With China,” Says National Assembly Speaker

Speculation that newly-elected Kenyan President William Ruto would pull back on ties with China, as he hinted during his election campaign, was quelled last week when the president's ally in the National Assembly, Speaker Moses Wetangula, met with Ambassador Zhou Pingjian and said there are "no plans ...

Kenya Should Look East, Not West, For Development Inspiration Says One of the Country’s Largest Newspapers

The Editorial Board of The East African newspaper, a publication of the Nation Media Group, one of Kenya's largest media companies, published a column on Sunday that will be a disappointment to U.S. and European governments. It blasted Africa's past half-century engagement with the West and said the continent ...

Ghana’s Embassy in China Says It Had Nothing to Do With Aisha Huang’s Return

The Ghanaian government's efforts to distance itself from the exploding controversy over the re-arrest of illegal mining kingpin Aisha Huang (aka "the Galamsey Queen") has now reached the embassy in Beijing, where Ambassador Winfred Nii Okai Hammond said his mission did not issue her visa.

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Letter From DC: Is Africa Holding Itself Back?

Whoo boy…We picked a doozy of a week to be in town. The overlapping reverberations from leadership fights within the Democratic Party, the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, and the announcement of JD Vance as his vice-presidential candidate are understandably focusing attention inwards.
That said, we’ve had fascinating conversations with very smart folks who focus on Africa, the wider Global South, and China’s role there. One theme ...

New Chinese-built Vaccine Cold Storage Facility Completed in Egypt on Same Day as Cairo Receives 60 Million Sinovac Jabs

Egypt's ambition to become an African vaccine manufacturing and distribution hub is now closer to becoming a reality following Saturday's completion of a new Chinese-built cold storage facility. The new complex, located in 6 October City on the outskirts of Cairo, was built by the Chinese pharmaceutical giant ...

Why China Should Not Confront the U.S. in the Middle East

The Middle East is often seen as a primary theater of competition between the U.S. and China, given the region's geostrategic importance for both superpowers. While the United States has grown weary of its entanglement in Mideast wars and undemocratic governments, that doesn't mean it is well-positioned ...