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There Are NO Plans for China to Build a New Military Base in Kenya

Seemingly feeding off one another, Kenyan media outlets whipped themselves into a flurry over a rumour that China plans to build a new military base in the country. These stories were predicated on the following statement in the 

Book Review: “What Is China up To in Africa? Read This Book.”

Laura Seay, a well-known professor of African politics at Colby College in the United States, gave a glowing review in the Washington Post's Monkey Cage column this week to the new book by Wake Forest University assistant professor Lina Benabdallah.

Africa, Mideast Feature Prominently in Pentagon’s Annual Report on the Chinese Military

China has eclipsed the United States as the country with the world's largest navy, according to the Pentagon's annual report on the Chinese military that it submits to Congress. The new report warns that China is progressing steadily towards its ambition to have a ...

China Issues First Public Statement on Mali Coup

The Chinese government offered its first response to the recent coup in Mali. Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian addressed this issue at his regular press briefing in Beijing yesterday: Beijing Daily: "Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced his ...

It’s Been a Violent Year for Chinese Workers in Africa

Aside from everything else going on, 2020 is proving to be a rather violent year for Chinese workers in Africa, particularly in Nigeria. Today's news that yet another Chinese national was taken hostage by kidnappers who raided a construction site in Niger state follows a ...

The Maritime Implications of Growing China-Iran Strategic Ties

Abhijit Singh, a former Indian naval officer and now a senior fellow who heads the Maritime Policy Initiative at the New Delhi-based Observer Research Foundation explores the implications of a China-Iran strategic partnership in the context of naval power.  Singh points ...

A European Perspective on China’s Expanding Military Ties in West Africa

Tom Bayes, a researcher at the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation in Berlin joins Eric & Cobus to discuss his new paper that explores the implications for Europe of China's expanding military role in West Africa. Show Notes: ...

A Slick New Documentary Goes Full “Wolf Warrior” to Showcase China’s Blue Helmets in South Sudan

A trailer dropped this weekend for "Blue Defensive Line" (蓝色防线), a new documentary about Chinese United Nations peacekeeping troops in South Sudan that will air on the CCTV6 movie channel. It's interesting that the producers featured a soundbite in the trailer ...

The U.S. Now Wants to Compete With China in the Fast-Growing Armed Drone Market in Africa and the Middle East

The United States is easing restrictions on the sale of armed drone technology to governments in the Middle East and elsewhere in a bid to avoid being left behind by Chinese competitors in this fast-growing segment.  The United States has now ...

U.S.-China Rivalry in the Red Sea

The Red Sea is emerging as a key theater of contention in the emerging duel between the United States and China. Both countries have military outposts in the tiny country of Djibouti and expanding geopolitical interests in one of the world's ...
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