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How Did China Do in Its First Horn of Africa Peace Conference?

China's Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Xue Bing, wrapped up a two-day peace conference in Addis Ababa last week, Beijing's first-ever effort to mediate conflicts outside of Asia. Xue personally offered to serve as a broker to help resolve ...

Pentagon Recommends New Lead For U.S. Africa Command

The U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin recommended Lt. Gen. Michael E. Langley as the new commander of the U.S. Military’s Africa Command (AFRICOM). If formally nominated by the White House and approved by the U.S. Senate, Langley would become the first Black commander ...

Prominent Chinese Africa Expert on U.S. Troops’ Return to Somalia

The Biden administration’s decision to return U.S. troops to Somalia has sparked reaction from one of China’s foremost Africa experts. From her position at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, He Wenping played a key role in building Chinese knowledge about Africa, and she’s one of the ...

Regulation, Security Raise Hurdles for Chinese Companies in Somalia: Ambassador

Fei Shengchao, China's ambassador to Somalia, recently sat down with a reporter from the Somali news service Goobjoog, for a rare television interview. In the clips released by the embassy, he addressed problems faced by Chinese fishing companies in ...

DRC Military Officials Are Learning Chinese

The Congolese Military Language Institute will set up a Confucius Institute classroom to help soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo to learn Chinese. This follows a recent announcement that the Sudanese army is also implementing the teaching of Mandarin. ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The G7’s New Infrastructure Initiative Could Strengthen China’s Global South Game: Experts

The G7’s new Partnership for Global Infrastructure Investment (PGII), a $600 billion plan to build infrastructure across the Global South and counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), could have the effect of improving how Chinese companies do business and could end up improving the BRI itself, according to development experts. 

Some acknowledged that the BRI has been controversial for its environmental and debt impacts. But they also pointed out ...

China’s Ambassador to Somalia Takes On All-Comers In Rare Twitter Brawl

China's ambassadors in Africa are normally very reclusive, especially on English-language social media platforms like Twitter. So, it was a bit surprising to see Fei Shangchao, China's envoy to Somalia, get into an all-out Twitter feud on Tuesday with anyone and everyone willing to ...

China Donates Trucks, Non-Lethal Equipment to the Kenya’s Military

For the second time in a month, China is providing an East African military with a sizable donation of non-lethal equipment and support vehicles. On Monday, Kenya's Defense Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa took delivery of dozens of trucks and unspecified "engineering equipment" 

The Increasing Closeness Between China and Somalia Raises Questions for U.S.

Somalia is emerging as a focus for China, following a meeting between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Somali counterpart Abisaid Muse Ali on the sidelines of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation meeting in Pakistan on Tuesday. This closer alignment also has implications for the United States. ...

Wang Yi Meets With African and Mideast FMs on Sidelines of OIC Gathering

Wang Yi used the opportunity of his visit to the OIC meeting in Pakistan for side-line talks with counterparts from prominent members of the organization of Islamic states, including Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Egypt, Turkey and Thailand. These talks reportedly covered regional ...

Somaliland President Taps into Washington’s China Issues

President Muse Bihi Abdi, the leader of the separatist region of Somaliland, wound up his visit to Washington, D.C. with significantly more U.S. support for independence. Somaliland is officially a province of Somalia, but declared independence in 1991. The president’s visit follows months of intense lobbying by ...
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