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Q&A: Does China Benefit From the U.S. Stripping Cameroon of Its AGOA Privileges? Yes. No. Maybe.

At first glance, it would seem that the Trump administration's decision to revoke Cameroon's free-trade privileges would be counterproductive at this time when the U.S. is battling hard against the Chinese for influence in Africa. After all, Washington sanctioning Youndé on human rights plays right into the ...

France Used to Be the Big Player in Senegal. No More. It’s the Chinese.

It wasn't that long ago when France was by far the dominant foreign actor in West Africa. "Francafrique's" once ubiquitous power allowed it to dominate virtually all aspects of political and economic life in its former colonies.

When China Pushes Back Against the U.S. on Human Rights, It Plays Very Well in Many African Countries

At a press conference broadcast live on TV, Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta did not appreciate being lectured by former U.S. President Barack Obama on gay rights. "We ...

Most African States Quietly Take China’s Side in Xinjiang Battle at the United Nations

A duel erupted at the United Nations on Tuesday between rival factions who oppose and support China's treatment of the predominantly Muslim Uyghur minority in Xinjiang. On one side, the US, UK and most other Western countries renewed their criticism of China for committing well-documented human ...

Few Africans Consume China’s Official Media, But Everyone Loves the Content They Get on Chinese Tech Platforms

China has invested millions in building a sizable media presence in Africa with hundreds of staff at CGTN's production hub in Nairobi, stakes in South Africa's Independent Media Group and dozens of Xinhua news agency bureaus across the continent. China thought that if it could build a ...

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 ...

Africa’s New Embrace of Russia Risks Alienating China, U.S.

Last week's Russia-Africa Summit in the Black Sea city of Sochi marked Moscow's formal re-entry into the African diplomatic arena. The Russians put on a good show, promising Chinese-style "win-win" development and "no strings attached" aid, all of which was enthusiastically ...

China’s UK Ambassador Pushes Back on US/EU Criticism of Beijing’s “No Strings Attached” Approach to African Development

It's not immediately clear what prompted Ambassador Liu Xiaoming to publish this Tweet as there was no visible critique or other reference that he was responding to in the feed. Ambassador ...

South Africa President Reflects on Russia Summit and Defends Chinese Lending Practices

In his regular email newsletter, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa reflected on last week's inaugural Russia-Africa Summit and the changing geopolitical dynamics in Africa. Key Highlights from President Ramaphosa's Newsletter: "What we are ...
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