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ChinaMed Observer: Wang Yi’s First Trip of 2024 According to the Egyptian and Tunisian Press

By Mariateresa Natuzzi In this issue of the ChinaMed Observer, we take stock of Tunisian and Egyptian press coverage of Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi’s recent trip to Cairo and Tunis. These visits were the inaugural stops of the ...

Wang Yi Focuses On Middle East During North African Stops

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi touched down in Tunisia, the second stop on his annual African tour. Tensions in the Middle East dominated the first part of the trip, with Wang calling for a peace conference to deal with the Israel crisis. ...

Unpacking Wang Yi’s Africa Tour

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi is in Africa this week. It has become a Chinese tradition that FMs make their first overseas trip to Africa. It triggers a second (less red-carpeted) tradition: people like me puzzling over why certain countries were chosen over others. ...

Amid Twin Political and Economic Crises, Tunisia Turns on West and Announces Intent to Join BRICS

The Tunisian government angrily pushed back against both the International Monetary Fund and the European Union over how to resolve the North African country's twin economic and political crises. President Kais Saied bluntly told the IMF on Friday that he ...

There’s a Creeping Sense Last Week’s Japan’s Africa Summit Was Kind of Underwhelming

The post-mortems of last week's Tokyo International Conference on African Development are starting to come in and the reviews, at least from some in the Japanese media, are not very encouraging.  One of Japan's main news agencies, Jiji, said the event ...

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 ...

Japan Pledges $30 billion in Funding at Africa Summit

Japan will extend $30 billion in funding to aid African development. This is the major outcome of the eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development, which took place in Tunisia this weekend.  Speaking virtually, Japan’s ...

China Hits Back at TICAD 8

Japanese officials may have tried to downplay their rivalry with China in Africa, but the response from Beijing put the inflamed relationship between the countries front and center. China’s state-owned Global Times sharply criticized the commitments announced at the ...

African Development Bank Collaboration Reveals Overlaps Between Japan’s and China’s Goals

A key announcement at TICAD 8 was that Japan will provide $5 billion to the African Development Bank (AfDB) under the fifth phase of the Enhanced Private Sector Assistance for Africa initiative (EPSA) from 2023 to 2025.

TICAD: Japan’s Quiet Challenge to China’s Development Role in Africa

27 and 28 August will see the eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) taking place in Tunisia. Japan’s TICAD predates China’s Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and set the template for the continent’s interaction with Asian economic superpowers.

Tunisia Inaugurates Chinese-Built Diplomatic Academy, Boosting Beijing’s ‘Building Diplomacy’

China’s construction of government buildings in Africa isn’t slowing, even as it cuts back on other large-scale infrastructure projects. Tunisia recently became the newest example, with the inauguration of its new Chinese-built Tunisian Diplomatic Academy. The building, built by China Civil Engineering Construction Corp., will be used for the ...
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