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Time is Running Out to Jump Out of the Fire

The new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s massive new report makes for scary reading. The UN Secretary-General António Guterres called it a ‘code red for humanity’ and that’s probably understating the level of danger. It’s increasingly clear that staving off global disaster ...

China’s Control of Strategic Resources in Places Like the DRC is Becoming a Right-Wing Media Meme in the U.S.

Conservative media outlets in the United States are using China's dominance in key strategic resource markets, particularly materials used to manufacture EV batteries, as a new vector in their partisan battle against efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Former Trump administration official ...

Automakers Keen to Reduce Reliance on Cobalt-Powered EV Batteries

Rumors are buzzing within the Chinese auto industry that Tesla is trying for the first time to produce a car without a cobalt-powered battery. Tesla is reportedly considering the use of Chinese EV giant BYD's LFP (Lithium iron phosphate) Blade battery. ...

A Peek Into the Mysterious World of Chinese Diplomacy

Chinese diplomats around the world are comprised of a mix of reclusive bureaucrats who strenuously avoid public engagement and a new generation of assertive, sometimes even downright aggressive so-called "Wolf Warriors" who wage combat with Beijing's critics.

Why the Pentagon May Be Misreading China’s Plans For Military Expansion in Africa

Back in March, General Stephen Townsend, the commander of U.S. forces in Africa (AFRICOM), triggered widespread anxiety within the American national security community when he speculated that China is looking to build a military base on Africa's Atlantic coast.

New CSIS Report Compares U.S. and Chinese Military Engagement in Africa

While the number of senior Chinese political officials who visit Africa every year far outpaces those from the United States, it's a very different story when it comes to military visits and overall engagement.  In fact, "Beijing’s observable interactions with current ...

The West’s Ignorance About What China’s Doing in Africa is a Feature Not a Bug

Those of us who concentrate on Africa-China relations have long warned that the current framing of the relationship as a zero-sum arena in a new cold war strips African states of agency. The problem isn’t only that it flattens the complex ...

The U.S. Senate Wants to Know What Washington Needs to Do to Be Competitive in Africa

A United States Senate subcommittee convened a hearing last week to discuss what the U.S. needs to do to be more competitive in Africa in terms of both trade and investment. While the hearing was ostensibly not intended to focus on ...

Josep Borrell’s Misguided Views on Chinese Vaccines in Africa

European Foreign Policy chief Josep Borrell is really unhappy with how the bloc's member states have hoarded vaccines for themselves at the expense of developing countries in Africa and Latin America. On Friday he criticized the EU's contributions to those regions as "insufficient."

China’s Role in Re-Energizing the South Sudan Peace Process

South Sudan marked its tenth anniversary this month as an independent country. Regrettably, though, after a decade of civil war and divided government that has left at least 400,000 people dead and displaced a third of the population, there isn't much ...
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