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Russia Building Military Influence in Africa to Challenge US, French Dominance

By Elliot Smith In the past two months alone, Russia has signed military cooperation agreements with Nigeria and Ethiopia, Africa's two most populous nations.The U.S. has pledged to reignite its economic and commercial engagements in Africa, but a planned drawback of troops is giving way to extensive spending on operational bases

Can China Beat Russia, France to Become World’s Second-Largest Exporter of Fighter Jets Behind The US?

By Apoorva Jain China flying its fifth-gen J-20 stealth fighter jets in the largest-ever formation during the CPC centenary celebrations was aimed at asserting Beijing’s growing air power. The airshow was also intended to draw the attention of potential foreign customers to Chinese jets. China, the world’s second-largest military spender, is slowly moving ahead

China and Russia Both Cooperating and Competing in Africa

By Paul Goble Russia and China are typically lumped together as the two new challengers to the role of Western countries in Africa. They are certainly that, but they are pursuing rather differing strategies and, thus, are virtually certain to find themselves at odds in the future. Moscow has sought short-term

Satellite Images Show Huge Russian Military Buildup in the Arctic

By Nick Paton Walsh Russia is amassing unprecedented military might in the Arctic and testing its newest weapons in a region freshly ice-free due to the climate emergency, in a bid to secure its northern coast and open up a key shipping route from Asia to Europe. Weapons experts and Western officials

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

ICYMI: Biden Says China Won’t Surpass US as Global Leader on His Watch

•President Joe Biden on Thursday said he had made it clear to Chinese President Xi Jinping that the United States was not looking for confrontation but would insist that China play by international rules for fair competition and fair trade. One of the trending reports at the weekend was the US President

Hit with Western Sanctions, China, Russia Push for UN Summit

•Beijing and Moscow, accused of human rights abuses, accuse US and Europe of interfering in their domestic affairs. Russia and China have called for a United Nations Security Council summit over what they term heightened “global political turbulence”, which has seen Western powers impose fresh sanctions on the pair over alleged

Putin Warns Of Worsening Russia-US Relations After Biden’s ‘Killer’ Statement

The Russian Government, on Thursday, warned United States President Joe Biden to mind his rhetorics about President Vladimir Putin or be ready to worsen bilateral relations between both countries. The country’s reaction is coming after Biden on Wednesday agreed that Putin was a “killer” and had used his influence to try

Coup-Proofing: Russia’s Military Blueprint to Securing Resources in Africa

By Neil Edwards In the Central African Republic (CAR), outside the capital Bangui, President Faustin-Archange Touadéra exerts little to no authority. Armed rebel groups control two-thirds of the country, including access to mining sites. Political instability is deeply rooted: CAR has endured four successful coups and two failed coups since 1979, including the unsuccessful attempt ahead

Russia warns US ‘not to play with fire’ after sanctions over Navalny

Russia has warned the United States "not to play with fire," after Washington imposed sanctions against Russian individuals and entities over the case of opposition figure Alexei Navalny, who Western governments say was poisoned last year. In a statement on Tuesday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova described the new US

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