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Q&A: Chinese and Russian Warships are in South Africa for First-Ever Naval Exercises. Should the U.S. be Worried?

Chinese and Russian warships arrived in Cape Town harbor over the weekend to take part in Exercise Mosi, the first-ever joint naval exercises among these three countries that will take place this week. The exercise will be divided into two parts: a media phase that starts ...

With Chinese and Russian Warships Heading to South Africa, Pretoria Sends a Powerful Message to the U.S. 

If U.S. officials haven't received the message yet that Pretoria is increasingly aligning its foreign policy with Washington's two most formidable adversaries then the image of Chinese and Russian warships docked in Cape Town later this month should do the trick.  ...

Why the U.S. Should Be Worried About South Africa’s Increasingly Close Ties With China

On its own, South African Deputy President David Mabuza's week-long trip to Beijing, which starts today, will probably not generate a lot of headlines. But his arrival in the Chinese capital caps a month of small but important milestones that all point to deepening of Sino-South African ...

Pentagon Emerges as Leading U.S. Government Voice on China-Africa Relations

The Pentagon, specifically its Africa Command, or AFRICOM, has become the U.S. government agency that most consistently speaks out on China-Africa issues. As a whole, the Trump administration doesn't seem very interested in Africa. Former National Security Advisor John Bolton's Prosper ...

Landry Singé: 3 Things to Watch for at the Russia-Africa Summit That Starts Today

The inaugural Russia-Africa Summit that starts today in the Black Sea city of Sochi will focus on three specific areas, according to Professor Landry Signé from the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. "Pragmatic economic cooperation, military-technical partnerships, and ...

China Remains Top Troop Contributor to UN Peacekeeping Ops in Africa Among Permanent Five Security Council Members

Some new data is now available regarding Chinese military and police forces who now operate under UN command in African peacekeeping operations. China is also the second-largest contributor to ...

Ambassador David Shinn Shares His Views on Direction of China-Africa Security Ties

Former U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, David Shinn, who is now an adjunct professor at George Washington University, is widely regarded as one of the leading experts on China-Africa military relations. In this talk at the U.S. Department of Defense-funded Africa Center for ...

China’s Evolving Military Strategy in Africa

With some 3,300 military personnel under U.N. command in Africa, China today has more troops deployed to multinational operations than any other permanent member of the Security Council.  That figure is expected to increase sharply in the coming years as ...

There Are a Lot More Chinese Soldiers in Africa Today… And Likely More to Come

Over the past five years the Chinese military presence in Africa has undergone a profound change. Until 2012, the Chinese were happy to play a low-key support role in multinational peacekeeping operations on the continent, preferring to send military engineers and medical staff rather ...

Why the Stakes Are so High for China in South Sudan

Nowhere else in Africa do China's financial, diplomatic and geopolitical interests confront as much risk as they do in South Sudan. Beijing has invested billions of dollars in the country's oil sector, deployed over a thousand troops
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