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Kidnappings Plague Chinese Worksites in Nigeria
April 09, 2021

Kidnappings Plague Chinese Worksites in Nigeria

By Shannon Tiezzi
Two Chinese workers were abducted this week, at least the third such incident this year.

5 Reasons to Worry About the ‘Chinese Vaccine Diplomacy’ Narrative
March 11, 2021

5 Reasons to Worry About the ‘Chinese Vaccine Diplomacy’ Narrative

By Rosie Wigmore
The buzzword masks several misleading or harmful assumptions -- both about China and about recipient countries.
What Do the US and China Want From Africa?
March 01, 2021

What Do the US and China Want From Africa?

By Bob Wekesa
As the Biden administration starts a rumored review of U.S. Africa policy, the China factor will feature prominently.

African Perspectives on China
February 09, 2021

African Perspectives on China

Abdul-Gafar Tobi Oshodi, Hannah Ryder, and Bob Wekesa discuss the many variations of African views on China, from pessimism to optimism and everything in between.

What Ethiopia’s Ethnic Unrest Means for China
December 10, 2020

What Ethiopia’s Ethnic Unrest Means for China

By Austin Bodetti
China's massive investments in Ethiopia give it a lot to lose amid renewed sectarian violence.

FOCAC Turns 20: Deborah Brautigam on China-Africa Relations
December 02, 2020

FOCAC Turns 20: Deborah Brautigam on China-Africa Relations

By Shannon Tiezzi
A look at the origins, goals, and continuing legacy of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.

China and Cameroon’s Evolving Political and Military Cooperation
October 24, 2020

China and Cameroon’s Evolving Political and Military Cooperation

By R. Maxwell Bone
Since 1971, China-Cameroon ties have gone from largely symbolic to deep defense and political cooperation.
How China Lost Nigeria
August 25, 2020

How China Lost Nigeria

By Adagbo Onoja
Even as China built up its influence, it remained deeply vulnerable to negative counter-narratives from the United States. That’s the paradox of hegemony.

Taiwan Throws a Diplomatic Curveball by Establishing Ties With Somaliland
July 10, 2020

Taiwan Throws a Diplomatic Curveball by Establishing Ties With Somaliland

By Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan’s decision to establish relations with the unrecognized state – with a probable eye on formalizing country-to-country ties – is an unusually audacious move.

Can Mozambique Learn to Love China?
February 28, 2020

Can Mozambique Learn to Love China?

By Ari Rickman
China is attempting to build a soft power network across Africa. The experience of the Confucius Institute in Mozambique suggests the effort is only partially successful.

Pompeo’s Africa Trip Reinforces Message of Competition With China 
February 24, 2020

Pompeo’s Africa Trip Reinforces Message of Competition With China 

By Eleanor Albert
Increasingly, U.S. diplomacy around the world is being shaped by the perceived competition with China.
Through Eritrea, China Quietly Makes Inroads Near the Red Sea
January 25, 2020

Through Eritrea, China Quietly Makes Inroads Near the Red Sea

By Austin Bodetti
China is finding an eager partner in Eritrea, an autocratic state generally overlooked entirely by world powers.

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