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China and Russia to challenge US Air Force supremacy in East Asia?


Reuters reported on Nov 16 that the “U.S. military will withdraw hundreds of troops focused on counterterrorism operations in Africa over the next several years to support the Pentagon’s increased focus on countering threats from China and Russia, officials said on Thursday. ‘This realignment specifically projects to reduce forces by about 10 percent over the … Continue reading

Would increasing Interracial Marriages help boost China’s rise?


“Interracial marriages between Chinese and Africans are on the rise as a direct result from China’s increasing investment in, and trade with Africa. More than a million Chinese migrants now work and live on the African continent, while the number of Africans in China is thought to be around half that.” Aljazeera News reported on … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, July 23, 2018


Central planning has only so much room for slight of hand tricks to keep up its sleeve. When the going gets tough, everyone goes home. For China, that means devaluing its currency, a complaint Trump has long lobbed against the trade giant. Maintaining good relations with Apple and almost achieving the manufacturing capability long held … Continue reading

African selfies and Chinese adaptation


Transsion, a little known Chinese smartphone manufacturer, outsells Samsung and Huawei in Africa by grapping 40 percent of the market with its two brands — Tecno and itel, here. There are two reasons: “Everyone in the world loves selfie, and African customers are no exception. But it is quite difficult for them to have good … Continue reading

Will scarcity lead to anarchy in China?


Renowned American journalist Robert D Kaplan warned the West that, in the light of the quick deterioration of the arable land quality in interior China due to “deforestation, loss of topsoil and salinization”, when China’s population has reached “1.54 billion by 2025”, large-scale population movements from villages to cities would be “leading to a crime … Continue reading

Lifeline for elephants: Ivory price halves in China after President pledges ban


The price of raw, illegal ivory has almost halved in China in the past 18 months because of growing public awareness, a promise from President Xi Jinping to ban the trade, a far-reaching anti-corruption drive and a slowing economy, according a new study by Save the Elephants. Falling demand in the world’s largest ivory market … Continue reading

China pledges $60 billion in funding support to Africa


Chinese President Xi Jinping announced Friday that the country will pledge a new round of funding support to Africa‘s development, worth $60 billion. Analysts had wondered if the pace of Chinese investment in Africa would slow, particularly in infrastructure projects, because of the slowing growth of the Chinese economy. The announcement, however, seems to indicate … Continue reading

China says its military base in Djibouti may harm America’s vital interests in Africa


The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media: Singapore’s Lianhe Zaobao reported that according to AFP, President Guelleh of Djibouti, a small eastern African country, said that his country was discussing with China the establishment of a base in Djibouti for maintaining China’s navigation security and overseas interests. Guelleh welcomed … Continue reading

China and Africa forge new trade alliances on ancient routes


Africa Brings New Trade and Challenges to World Economies. China and India’s new-found interest in trade and investment with Africa—home to 300 million of the globe’s poorest people and the world’s most formidable development challenge—presents a significant opportunity for growth and integration of the Sub-Saharan continent into the global economy. These two emerging economic “giants” … Continue reading

China is getting ready to surge troops into Africa to protect its economic interests


Chinese activities in Africa have expanded massively during the last decade. To be sure, most of this has been purely economic — such as bartering access to natural resources in exchange for loans. But these money-making activities have grown so much in recent years, China is realising it can’t keep relying on African governments to … Continue reading

China’s ivory craze kills 100,000 elephants


China‘s skyrocketing appetite for ivory is leading to the unsustainable slaughter of African elephants. As prices for precious ivory goods have surged in China, the number of poached elephants has also escalated. Iain Douglas-Hamilton, founder of Save the Elephants, said 100,000 African elephants have been killed for their ivory in just the past three years. … Continue reading

China is most at risk for Ebola outbreak because of Chinese workers in Africa


While international fears continue to rise as Ebola crosses international borders and continents, China still has not reported a confirmed case of the deadly virus. But Professor Peter Piot, the director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and one of the doctors who discovered Ebola hemorrhagic fever, said that it’s only a … Continue reading

Has China found the cure for Ebola?


A Chinese pharmaceutical company working with Academy of Military Medical Sciences (AMMS), a PLA-affiliated research institution, claims to have developed an experimental cure for the Ebola virus. An outbreak of the deadly virus in west Africa has become a global health crisis. According to the World Health Organization, as of October 12 there had been … Continue reading

Chinese people’s bad behaviour causes poor image in Africa, negative international rating


It’s perhaps coincidence, but Reuters’ report on China’s Xi Jinping not making global impact comes on the same day when Hong Kong newspapers SCMP and Ta Kung Pao report on China’s poor image in Africa due to Chinese people and companies’ behaviour there. Ta Kung Pao says in its report as an increasing number of … Continue reading

Susan Rice attempts to solve the Japan-China deadlock


Sending Caroline Kennedy, a household name in the United States, to Japan as the ambassador indicates that President Obama has realised there is no better choice than using the tension in East Asia to capture and retain the attention of the American public to his amazing skills in handling Asia.  While the jingoistic heat may … Continue reading

Fourteen Chinese nationals arrested for poaching ivory in Gabon


Fourteen Chinese nationals have been arrested for poaching at a wild life reserve in Makokou, capital of Ougooué-Ivindo province, northeast of Gabon. The men were arrested by agents of the National Agency for National Parks following a tip-off from a security official, as they ate roasted elephant trunk for breakfast. After searching their home, officials … Continue reading

The American military is using Chinese satellites


U.S. forces are so heavily saturated with different communication devices that if not transmitted by satellite would cause serious problems. Data flow is so great that there are no adequate available satellites. The Pentagon has quietly hired a Chinese satellite, APSTAR-7, through which will flow communications with the army in Africa. Information about buying Chinese … Continue reading

Is China secretly hoarding the world’s fish?


It looks like rare earth elements aren’t the only commodity China has been allegedly keeping to itself. According to a recent study published in the journal Fish and Fisheries, the Chinese have been drastically underreporting the number of fish that Chinese ships catch in other countries’ waters every year. While China tells the UNFAO, the U.N. agency that … Continue reading

Xi Jinping begins African tour in Tanzania amid anti-China sentiment


Chinese President Xi Jinping began on Sunday a tour of Africa that underlines the continent’s strategic importance to China both for its resources and as a market place, signing more than a dozen trade and cooperation deals with Tanzania. Visiting, Tanzania, South Africa and Republic of Congo on his first trip abroad as president following … Continue reading

Nigeria warns Africa to view China as a competitor and beware of it’s imperialism


Africa must shake off its romantic view of China and accept Beijing is a competitor as much as a partner and capable of the same exploitative practices as the old colonial powers, Nigeria‘s central bank governor has warned. Reflecting the shifting views of a growing number of senior African officials who fear the continent’s anaemic … Continue reading

From elephants’ mouths, a shameful and illicit trail of ivory to China


Asian demand every year is about 220 tons of raw ivory: equalling the lives of roughly 20,000 elephants. Chinese investors have anointed it “white gold.” Carvers and collectors prefer the term “organic gemstone.” Smugglers, however, use a gruesome straightforward name for the recently harvested African elephant tusks that find their way to this remote trading … Continue reading

Is Chinese foreign aid better for africa?


There is a new kid in town and its name is the People’s Republic of China. Its entrance into the rich and elite foreign aid club has redefined the foundations of foreign aid. At last summer’s Conference of the Forum on Africa China Cooperation, the mighty dragon has pledged $20 billion USD over the next … Continue reading

China’s narrow focus on oil in South Sudan won’t work says U.S. envoy


China needs to move beyond a narrow focus on oil issues in South Sudan and help tackle that country’s larger political disputes with Sudan, the outgoing U.S. special envoy to the two African states said on Wednesday. Ambassador Princeton Lyman said he had worked closely with Chinese officials for more than two years, during which … Continue reading

China supplying Africa with guns


The Chinese are bidding to beat the US as the largest source of illicit small arms. China’s aggressive new strategy to sell weapons in Africa was on clear display at a recent defence exposition here. The pavilion for Chinese manufacturers was among the three largest at the Africa Aerospace and Defense exhibition in September, surpassed only … Continue reading

In Africa’s warm heart, a cold welcome for Chinese


Malawians bill their country as the “Warm Heart of Africa” and pride themselves on a reputation for friendliness. But Jaffa Shaibu, a burly 32-year-old merchant in a clothes market in Salima, a dusty town near the shores of Lake Malawi, feels less than welcoming to the Chinese traders who have moved in over the past … Continue reading

Increasing hostility towards Chinese traders in Southern Africa


In the last decade, Asian migrants have fanned out through southern Africa, opening shops in small towns and rural backwaters. While consumers in countries facing increasing economic hardships have come to depend on their low prices, local shop owners complain they are being forced out of business, pressuring governments to introduce restrictions on foreign traders. … Continue reading

China flooding globe with cheap steel


China is ramping up its global exports of cheap steel, sometimes at a loss, as bulging stocks of the alloy give way to a worsening domestic demand picture for the commodity consuming giant. Slowing construction and industrial activity has hit Chinese steel demand and prices hard in the past few weeks, prompting market participants to … Continue reading

Elephants slaughtered to provide ivory to China


In 30 years of fighting poachers, Paul Onyango had never seen anything like this. In Garamba National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo, twenty-two dead elephants, including several very young ones, were clumped together on the open savannah, many killed by a single bullet to the top of the head. There were no tracks leading away, … Continue reading

China seeking to dominate African news media, complete with censorship and propaganda


China’s investment prowess and construction know-how is widely on display in the long-congested Kenyan capital of Nairobi. A ring road and the nation’s first superhighway are being built and partly financed by Beijing. The international airport is undergoing a $208 million expansion supported by the Chinese, whose loans also paid for a working-class housing complex that … Continue reading

China’s firm grip in Africa – a lesser of two evils


We heard a somewhat mystifying comment from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton last week warning of a “new colonialism” in Africa from foreign investors and governments interested only in extracting natural resources to enrich themselves. No culprits mentioned in that statement, but a day earlier Clinton urged scrutiny of China’s large investments and … Continue reading

Can China extend its colonisation to Africa?


It seems that no Western power has succeeded in their colonisation in the past, and their influence in their previous colonised countries is limited now. However, Chinese people were extraordinarily successful in their colonisation in South East Asia when China was very poor and weak. France made great efforts and spent a lot in order … Continue reading

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