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The African Union’s Agenda 2063: Positioning China and Other External Partners

China is Africa’s biggest cooperating partner in recent years. The principles underpinning China’s foreign policy on the continent, comprising of equality, respect for sovereignty as well as mutual benefits and co-development, are all reasons for the acceptance and reception of China’s engagements in Africa.

Why the United States Struggles to Compete With China in Building African Infrastructure: Report

When it comes to building infrastructure in Africa, the U.S. dreams of competing with China, but in reality, there is hardly any contest to speak of. This is the main thrust of a new report by the Chinese research body, the Institute for International and Area Studies, ...

Pentagon’s Top General for U.S. Forces in Africa Isn’t as Worried About Chinese Bases and Debt Traps as He Used to Be

The Pentagon's commander for U.S. forces in Africa, Marine Corps General Michael Langley, was once very worried about Chinese "debt traps" in Africa and the prospect that the PLA was looking to build a new base on Africa's Atlantic Coast. But ...

African Union Donkey Skin Trade Ban Laudable but Doubt, Pessimism Cloud Implementation

By 2020, the global donkey population stood at 53 million, two-thirds in Africa. Using the estimated human population in Africa, simple math shows that one donkey serves at least 37 people, making it a critical resource for the continent’s economy.

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.

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 ...

Why the Africa-China Relationship Poses a Climate Challenge to Europe

Thinking about Africa in the context of the climate crisis makes for some cognitive dissonance. On the one hand, the continent’s massive potential for renewable energy, its stocks of critical minerals, and its storehouses of oil, gas, and coal make it a huge “ka-ching” in continental form. ...

China’s Total Global Trade Fell Last Year Except With Africa, Australia

The value of China's total global trade dipped 5% in 2023 compared to the previous years to $5.93 trillion dollars, according to figures released by the General Administration of Customs (GAC). Every January, the GAC releases these preliminary figures that are ...

France’s Trade Minister Dismisses Chinese Competition in Africa

Olivier Becht, France’s Minister of Foreign Trade pushed back against claims that France is being “chased out” of Africa. In an interview with Africa Report conducted late last year, Becht said the presence of French companies is actually increasing in Africa.

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 ...

The Incredible Shrinking Africa-China Relationship

After 2022’s COVID lockdowns, this year saw a return of China to the international stage. With it came prominent Africa-China events, notably the China-Africa Leaders’ Dialogue on the sidelines of the BRICS summit and the prominent presence of some African leaders at the Belt and Road Forum in ...
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