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White House Pressed to Explain Muddled Response to Report About Chinese Spy Base in Cuba

The White House is defending its seemingly contradictory response to last week's Wall Street Journal report that claimed China is building a new base in Cuba to spy on the United States. When the report first came out, National Security Council Spokesperson ...

The White House’s Confusing Response to Report That China Uses Cuba to Spy on U.S.

U.S. National Security Council Spokesperson John Kirby was adamant last Thursday when he refuted as "inaccurate" a Wall Street Journal report that China was planning to build a new spy base in Cuba. A few days later, though, the White House ...

Both Kenya and China Dismiss Reuters Report on Chinese Hacking as “Sheer Nonsense” and “Sponsored Propaganda”

The Chinese and Kenyan governments issued separate statements that blasted last week's report by Reuters that claimed Chinese hackers had penetrated the computer networks of eight Kenyan ministries. Citing security concerns, the report did not name any of the sources that ...

[WEEK IN REVIEW] Chinese Hacking in Kenya & DRC President Goes to Beijing

This week CGSP Francophone Africa Editor Geraud Neema joins Eric & Cobus to discuss DR Congo President Félix Tshiskedi's state visit to China which comes at a critical time for the Congolese leader. Tshisekedi is going to pressure his Chinese hosts ...

Israeli Counter Intelligence Services Scramble to Collect Every Mug Given as a Gift By Chinese After Discovering Bug

Israel's internal security service Shin Bet is moving quickly to identify all foreign gifts given to government officials after locating a listening device in a thermal mug given by China, according to reports from Israel's GLZ radio. Agents removed glasses and other ...

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 ...

China Accused (Again) of Spying on the African Union

Today's Reuters report that detailed how suspected Chinese hackers broke into African Union data networks to siphon off surveillance video sparked a whole new round of "I told you so." The initial reaction online to the report was essentially what do you ...

Transsion’s Transgressions in Africa

Transsion has long been the pride of China's private sector engagement in Africa. It's conquered the African mobile phone market by providing affordable devices that include a number of fantastic features customized specifically for local consumers. Its suite of brands including Tecno, ...

A Conversation With Joshua Meservey About Alleged Chinese Spying in Africa

The Chinese have been prolific over the past decade in constructing hundreds of government buildings across the continent. Parliaments, ministries, presidential palaces, and most notably, even the headquarters of the African Union. Many of these buildings serve an important purpose by ...

Skepticism About The Heritage Foundation’s Recent Report on Alleged Chinese Spying in Africa

China's political attaché at its embassy in Lesotho echoed doubts raised by journalism fellow Thuso Mosabala about the lack of on-the-record sourcing in The Heritage Foundation's recent report "Government Buildings in Africa Are a Likely Vector for Chinese Spying" by analyst Josh Meservey. ...

Heritage Foundation to Chinese Government: Thank You for Promoting Our New Report on Chinese Spying in Africa

John Cooper, a senior communications manager at the Washington, D.C.-based Heritage Foundation think tank, gave a shout out this weekend on Twitter to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian for helping to publicize the new report by Africa & Middle East analyst ...
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