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China Convenes Second Horn of Africa Peace Conference in Beijing

The Chinese government held a second peace conference in Beijing on Monday, bringing together ambassadors and other high-level officials from seven countries in the Horn of Africa. This year's gathering was notable because of the presence of Vice Foreign Minister Chen ...

Ethiopia, Djibouti Take Over Management of Ethio-Djibouti Railway From Chinese Company

The Chinese state-owned construction company that built the 752km Ethiopia-Djibouti railway formally turned over control of the railway to the two host governments. The handover took place on Friday at a ceremony in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, where officials ...

The New Navy Base China is Building in Cambodia Looks a Lot Like China’s Older Navy Base in Djibouti

Two People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) warships have been docked for the past five months at the new Ream Naval Base that China built in Cambodia. The presence of those two corvettes puts to rest the oft-stated denials by both Cambodian and Chinese officials that this new facility will ...

China’s Horn of Africa Envoy Addresses East African Leaders’ Forum in Djibouti

China's low-profile special envoy for the Horn of Africa, Xue Bing, made a rare public appearance on Monday to address the opening session of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development Leaders forum in Djibouti. Xue joined special envoys from Italy, the ...

Hundreds of Chinese Evacuated From Sudan

More than 400 Chinese nationals were evacuated from the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on Tuesday and taken by bus to the Red Sea city of Port Sudan. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said that the majority of its people in Sudan have ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Letter From DC: Is Africa Holding Itself Back?

Whoo boy…We picked a doozy of a week to be in town. The overlapping reverberations from leadership fights within the Democratic Party, the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, and the announcement of JD Vance as his vice-presidential candidate are understandably focusing attention inwards.
That said, we’ve had fascinating conversations with very smart folks who focus on Africa, the wider Global South, and China’s role there. One theme ...

Djibouti Has a Very Specific Debt Problem…

Djibouti this week reportedly suspended debt repayments to its two major creditors, China and Kuwait, due to a major increase in debt servicing costs likely caused by interest rate hikes and other external factors this year. A quick gander at this table, 

Djibouti Suspends Debt Payments While Rwanda Gets (Just a Little) Relief From China

🇩🇯 DJIBOUTI: The government reportedly suspended debt repayments to two of its largest creditors, likely China and Kuwait, in response to a dramatic increase in the country's debt servicing costs in 2022, according to a new World Bank report. (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST)

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 of when, not if the PLA will ...

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 ...
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