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China-Africa Think Tank Forum Gives a Peek of Increasingly Shared Messaging

The run-up to the triennial Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) is traditionally a moment when new Africa-China rhetoric is road-tested. The regular China-Africa Think Tank Forum is one of those testing grounds, where researchers, many of whom directly advise governments, sit down to articulate the relationship anew. ...

Kenya, China Prep for Upcoming FOCAC Summit in Beijing

Senior Chinese and Kenyan officials held talks in Nairobi about what will be on the agenda at the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit scheduled to take place later this fall in Beijing. The two sides met on Friday ...

New IMF Report Takes the Pulse of Rapidly Changing China-Africa Economic Trends

Talks are underway between African and Chinese negotiators over the agenda for the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit that will take place later this year in Beijing. But this year's FOCAC is going to be very different than previous ...

A Call for African & Latin American Countries to Share Notes on Dealings With China

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi confirmed this week the triennial Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) conference that will take place later this year in Beijing will, in fact, be a leaders summit. Before the FOCAC ...

Chinese Diplomacy in Sierra Leone and Nigeria With Tobi Oshodi

Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio is in the midst of a five-day visit to China that included talks with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Qiang, among other high-level officials. While Bio is getting a lot of face-time with China’s ...

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 ...

Africa’s Digital Sovereignty in the Era of U.S.-China Great Power Competition

In the increasingly acrimonious competition between the U.S. and China over technology standards, it's often assumed that smaller countries in places ...

China’s Top Africa Diplomat Arrives in Nigeria Days After Blinken Visit

China's most senior diplomat for African affairs, Wu Peng, arrived in Abuja on Friday, just days after U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited the Nigerian capital. Wu is currently on a tour of the continent that also includes stops in 

2024 Will Set the Tone for the Next Phase of the Africa-China Relationship

As we settle into the new year, the Africa-China community is waiting for the announcement of the Chinese Foreign Minister's traditional first trip of the year, which is always to Africa. This year's visit will be pivotal because it will kick off the official race to the ...

Flurry of Events Outline China’s Africa Focus

The last two weeks saw several official Africa-China events that reveal focus areas in the relationship. Coming in the wake of October’s Belt and Road Forum, they reflect an uptick in official exchanges. The events also show where the focus is ...

Africa-China Meetings Give Glimpse of Next Year’s FOCAC Agenda

Officials from 53 African countries and the African Union Commission are meeting in Beijing this week to discuss the implementation of goals agreed at the 2021 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit in Dakar. The 16th Senior Officials Meeting brings together about ...
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