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China Uses Money, Diplomacy to Push Back Against US in Southeast Asia

By Ralph Jennings The Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi has wrapped up his second series of meetings so far this year with Southeast Asia leaders to discuss vaccine distribution, help with post-pandemic recovery and other offers that experts say could sway countries in the pivotal subregion toward China and away from

Philippines Claims Beijing Aims To Occupy More ‘Features’ in South China Sea

The Philippines on Sunday claimed that the continued presence of Chinese vessels in Manila's maritime territory in the South China Sea revealed that Beijing plans to occupy more features in the disputed waterway. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana's latest statement came after the Chinese Embassy in Manila a day earlier defended

Limited Sovereignty as African Countries Mortgage Resources to China

Governments in Africa have been mortgaging their natural resources to secure loans from China, a trend that often ignites debt distress when commodity prices collapse. Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ghana, Guinea, Sudan and South Sudan are among the countries in the continent that have used future revenues from natural

COVID-19: Stronger International Support Needed for Africa -IMF, African Caucus Chair

By Reuters Staff Africa needs carefully-calibrated domestic policies and stronger support from the international community to recover from the COVID-19 crisis and return to its path of stronger growth, the head of the IMF and the African Caucus said on Thursday. International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva and Domitien Ndihokubwayo, Chairman of

Chinese Loan Terms Hamper Post-virus Debt Talks–Reports

By Joe Mcdonald China’s loans to poor countries in Africa and Asia impose unusual secrecy and repayment terms that are hurting their ability to renegotiate debts after the pandemic, a group of U.S. and German researchers said in a report Wednesday. It adds to warnings about problems from Chinese lending, which

EU Approves €5bn Facility to Train, Equip Foreign Militaries with Africa and Nigeria a Priority

Jude Johnson The European Union Council has adopted a decision establishing the European Peace Facility (EPF), an off-budget fund worth approximately €5 billion for the period 2021-2027, to be financed through contributions from EU member states, reports the Defenceweb. According to EU, the budget is focused at facility and training of foriegn

Niger: Buhari Warn Coup Plotters as US Shuts Embassy

•Says Nigeria won't sit back Jude Johnson President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the attempted coup in Niger Republic, and threatened that Nigeria will not be indifferent to the use of force at enforcing regime change in the continent. President Buhari also insisted that “any illegal effort to depose a democratically elected government

Here’s How Russia and China Are Helping the U.S.

•Beijing and Moscow are filling the vaccine gap that wealthy countries helped create. By Yasmeen Serhan While Western countries spar over access to the world’s vaccine supply, China and Russia have been busy giving away theirs. This distribution of millions of doses, either for free or cheaply, to low- and middle-income nations

Nigerian Air Force Begins Sirlift of COVID-19 Relief Materials to West African Countries

Godsgift Onyedinefu The Nigerian Air Force, NAF on Wednesday in Abuja commenced the airlift of COVID-19 medical relief materials donated by the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, to its 14-member nations. The donation is with the support of donor partners like Team Europe, the German Government, UNDP and Deutsche

‘Blind Dumping Over’: Chinese Lenders in Africa Focus on Stronger Economies

Lending to African countries that have not sought debt relief from China rose in 2019, says American research instituteDrop in lending temporary, say researchers, because ‘Chinese banks are interested in the profits available in emerging and frontier markets’ By SCMP China’s lending to Africa dropped by nearly 30 per cent in 2019 after