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Will China Bring Stability to the Horn of Africa?

Lukas Fiala Early next week, Ethiopia will host a China-sponsored Horn of Africa peace conference – the first of its kind. Taking place at the China-financed African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, the event will be a key opportunity for Beijing ...

China’s Emerging Global Security Agenda Extends From Djibouti to the Solomon Islands

By Lukas Fiala In April, China confirmed the signing of a bilateral security agreement with the Solomon Islands, a supposed draft of which had been leaked a few weeks earlier. Last week, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi embarked on an ...

Finding a Common Destiny in the Global South: The Role of China’s Regional Forum Diplomacy

One of China’s signature contributions to the diversification of the emerging world system is the use of regional forum diplomacy to promote the creation of Chinese-instigated regional organizations.  Starting with the establishment of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in 2000, the Chinese government has built a network of ...

Chinese Troops in Djibouti Compete in a Military Skills Competition (That Also Made For a Cool Music Video)

Chinese troops in Djibouti recently (they didn't specify precisely when) held the "East African Warriors" military skills competition and leveraged the event to make a Wolf Warrior II-style music video that was no doubt a big hit among viewers back home. ...

New Transport Corridor Gives China Direct Access to the Indian Ocean for the First Time

A new overland transport corridor has made history by linking China directly to the Indian Ocean for the first time. Built jointly by Chinese provinces and Singapore, the transport corridor links the Chinese manufacturing hub of Chongqing with Vientiane, ...

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What Will U.S. Diplomats Talk About Now?

After knowing for weeks that the end of Roe v Wade was coming, its official end was still a shock.

As an outsider, I worried about my American friends and the countless poor, black, brown, and LGBT+ Americans that will suffer the effects of this decision.

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Chinese-backed Asia-Africa-European Undersea Cable Makes Landfall in Kenya

Kenya's ICT minister Joe Mucheru gleefully welcomed the arrival of the 15,000-kilometer PEACE (Pakistan & East Africa Connecting Europe) undersea cable when it came ashore in the port city of Mombasa on Tuesday.  The $425 million ...

Chinese Special Envoy Visits Djibouti as Part of Horn Tour

Xue Bing, China’s recently-appointed Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa, continued his tour of the region with a visit to Djibouti. He held separate meetings with President Ismail Omar Guelleh, and Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, Djibouti’s Foreign Minister. ...

New Asia-Africa Chinese Undersea Cable Threatens Pax Americana: Report

China’s provision of undersea internet cables to Africa and the Middle East poses a security threat to the United States, according to a new report from the Middle East Institute (MEI), a  prominent Washington DC-based think tank. The report, ...

How ‘Small State Opportunism’ Shapes China’s Pursuit of Overseas Military Bases

By Chris Alden and Lukas Fiala, China Foresight, LSE IDEAS When Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh publicly confirmed China’s intentions of building a military base near the Doraleh port in 2015, Beijing’s move was met with deep suspicion across ...

The U.S. and Europe May No Longer Want Confucius Institutes, But That is Not the Case in Africa

The Chinese language and cultural centers known as Confucius Institutes long fell out of favor in the United States and Europe, where critics accused the Chinese government-backed initiative of being a vector for propaganda. That is not the ...
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