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U.S. Effort to Catch Up With China in the South Pacific Gets Off to Bumpy Start

U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday welcomed leaders from 11 South Pacific island nations to the White House for a two-day summit that is widely seen as a critical part of Washington's effort to match China's growing influence in the region. ...

Chinese National Killed, Two Others Injured When Gunman Opened Fire in a Karachi Dental Clinic

Pakistani authorities now believe that a gunman "singled out and targeted" an ethnically Chinese-owned dental clinic in Karachi in an attack that killed one and injured two. Police say all three of the ...

Two-Day China-Zambia Investment Forum Gets Underway in Lusaka

Zambian President Haikinde Hichilema, alongside Chinese ambassador Du Xiaohui opened a two-day investment forum on Wednesday in the capital Lusaka that aims to bring together businesses from both countries and generate more FDI. In all, 300 companies are participating in the ...

Chinese Contractors Almost Finished Upgrading Nairobi’s International Airport Terminals

Kenyans got their first look at the newly-upgraded international terminals at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, which will soon reopen to the public. The $8 million facelift of terminals 1B and C took less than a year to complete. 

China’s Envoy to Nairobi Meets With Head of Kenya’s New Ruling Party

A meeting this week between the general secretary of Kenya's new ruling party, the United Democratic Alliance, and China's envoy to Nairobi provides a fresh reminder of the dual roles that Chinese ambassadors play in their assigned countries. Zhou Pingjiang represents ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Overwhelming 2024-Ness of It All

In so many ways, 2024 feels like an inflection point — one of those years that carries within it a future yet unformed.
The U.S. election is of course the most prominent of these trends. If Donald Trump becomes the Rublican nominee, as expected, it will kick off a series of domino effects that could reshape the United States’ relationship with itself, and with it, the whole world.

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Ghana, IMF Differ Over Whether Chinese Bauxite Deal Should be Counted as Part of the Country’s National Debt

Ghana is moving to restructure its ballooning debt as part of an IMF rescue plan that's now under discussion between the two sides. As part of the process, Accra is reaching out to both local and international investors ...