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Why the U.S. is Probably Quite Interested in the Equatorial Guinea Foreign Minister’s Visit to China

Equatorial Guinea (EG) Foreign Minister Simeón Oyono Esono Angue began a four-day visit to Beijing on Wednesday, where he will meet with his Chinese counterpart Qin Gang. Normally, a visit like this from such a small country doesn't generate much interest from ...

World Bank President Nominee in China for Critical Meetings With Finance Leaders

Ajay Banga arrived in Beijing on Wednesday for the latest stop in his worldwide job interview to become the next president of the World Bank. Banga is scheduled to meet with Chinese Finance Minister Liu Kun, various leaders from the People's ...

China’s CMOC Set to Overtake Switzerland’s Glencore as the DR Congo’s Top Cobalt Producer

CMOC Group is forecast to overtake Swiss mining giant Glencore as the largest producer of cobalt when the Chinese company brings another massive mine online later this year. Cobalt is a critical ingredient used to manufacture batteries for electric vehicles and ...

New Foreign Ministry Annex in Ghana and a Newly Refurbished Parliament Building in Malawi Are China’s Latest “Gifts” to African Governments

Ghana's Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey was visibly excited to see what her new office will look like in the new $20 million foreign ministry annex building that will be entirely paid for by China. Botchwey was joined by the Chinese ambassador ...

Vietnamese Authorities Seize Tons of Ivory, Most Likely Bound for China

Vietnamese customs authorities in the northern port city of Hai Phong intercepted a massive seven-ton shipment of illicit ivory that originated in Angola and traveled via Singapore. Inspectors discovered the contraband on Monday after seeing a discrepancy in shipping documents that listed ...

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 ...

Newly-released Sat Photos Show Chinese-funded Navy Base Taking Shape in Cambodia

New satellite photos show that Chinese contractors have made considerable progress in building an extension of the Ream Naval Base in Cambodia. The images taken by the private company Blacksky reveal the submerged foundation for a long pier that will extend ...

Taiwan President Heads to Central America to Bolster Ties With Two of the Island’s Last Few Diplomatic Allies

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will embark on a three-nation tour of the Americas that will include a stopover in the United States before heading to Belize and Guatemala, two of Taipei's last remaining diplomatic allies. Tsai's trip comes in the wake of 

Reporting Tips for African Journalists Covering China

Reporting on China is difficult even for the most experienced journalist who's spent years living there and speaks the language. So, it's not surprising that reporters in Africa who've had limited exposure to the country often struggle to cover China-related news. ...