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Pakistan Stocks Up on Chinese-Made Weapons

Pakistan is reportedly planning to increase its purchases of Chinese-made J-10 CE fighter jets and VT-4 battle tanks. The move will increase Pakistan’s Chinese-made tank arsenal to 680 and its number of Chinese fighter jets to 90.  (

Security, Trade Top Agenda During Wang Yi’s Meeting With Gulf Ministers in New York

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met on Tuesday with a group of six ministers from Persian Gulf countries and the General Secretary of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Nayef Al-Hajraf, for a wide-ranging session on trade and security issues.

Chinese Embassy in Nigeria Issues Urgent Security Warning: Kidnappers “Stalking” Chinese Nationals

The Chinese embassy in Nigeria issued an alarming warning this weekend to some of its nationals in the country, urging them to evacuate immediately so as to avoid abduction. The embassy sent alerts that bandits are "stalking Chinese citizens and ...

Chinese Embassy Meets With DRC Ministries About Attacks

The Chinese embassy in the Democratic Republic of Congo convened a meeting this weekend with several Congolese government ministries, including the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defense, Interior, as well as immigration officials and the General Administration of the Police, to discuss ongoing attacks against Chinese residents in ...

China-DRC Military Cooperation?

The Defense Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo met with high-level officials from the Chinese embassy, including the military attache, to discuss possible Chinese support for the development of the DRC’s military industry. This follows the release of ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Climate Sweet, Climate Bitter

Last week it was Pakistan, this week South Florida. The climate collapse is like a monstrous four-dimensional version of whack-a-mole. You never know where – or how – it will hit. But the hits keep coming.

With the damaged Nord Stream pipeline (and the Global North’s unmitigated hydrocarbon dependence it represents) bubbling away in the Baltic Sea, U.S. climate czar John Kerry’s high-handed comments to the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment earlier this month ...

Is China Planning Bases in Pakistan and Afghanistan?

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin shot down allegations in the Indian media that China is planning military bases in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  The issue was raised at a Ministry briefing by a reporter for Agence France Presse, and ...

New Chinese Military Bases in Africa Only a Matter of Time Says Top U.S. Intelligence Official

The debate in the United States over whether China plans to build new military bases in Africa resurfaced on Tuesday when the Director of Intelligence Analysis for U.S. forces in Africa (AFRICOM) published a column in Foreign Policy that bluntly stated it's only a matter ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: United States Marine General Michael Langley Took Over as the Top U.S. Commander for Africa on Tuesday

United States Marine General Michael Langley took over as the top U.S. commander for Africa on Tuesday, heading U.S. military operations on the continent.  General Langley assumed command from Army General Stephen Townsend who was among the U.S. government's most outspoken critics of China's expanding influence in Africa, particularly on ...

Chinese Defense Minister Convenes Second China-Africa Peace and Security Forum Ministerial Meeting

Senior defense officials from at least 48 African countries took part in the second China-Africa Peace and Security Forum Ministerial Meeting that took place online on Monday. General Wei Fenghe, China's defense minister, delivered the keynote address during which he promoted Beijing's ...

Solomon Islands PM Assures Australia It Remains “Security Partner of Choice”

Manasseh Sogavare, the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, moved to calm Australian fears about his country's new security pact with China.  In an interview with The Guardian, Sogavare said there will never be a ...
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