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China’s salami slicing takes root in Africa

With the consent of African governments, China’s subtle but deliberate strategy is paying off. By Ronak Gopaldas Mass indignation greeted the revelation that South Africa was to receive a R370 billion ‘gift’ from China, amid criticism about the lack of transparency surrounding Eskom’s recent loan deal with the China Development Bank. In

US arrests Chinese national for spying

US authorities have arrested a Chinese citizen for allegedly spying on US engineers and scientists, the Justice Department said Tuesday. In a statement, the Justice Department said Ji Chaoqun had been charged with one count of knowingly acting as an agent of a foreign government in the US without having notified the

Does the world even need the UN?

•Angela Merkel, Xi Jinping,  Justin Trudeau absent at 2019 UNGA  Annalisa Merelli  (Quartz Editorial) The world’s biggest diplomatic festival, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), is about to kick off in earnest. But with high-profile absentees that include Angela Merkel, Xi Jinping, and Justin Trudeau, and governments raising doubts about the UN’s

Nigeria in top 5 global conflict deaths—Brookings

•2018 Inter'l security environment worse than five years ago Senator Iroegbu  Nigeria alongside Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen has dominated the global conflict deaths in the last five years, Brookings Institute report has revealed. In its latest report entitled: "Managing the new threat landscape; Adapting the tools of international peace and security", it noted

African countries seek relief from Chinese loans

Some African countries are now seeking to write off their loans from China while others are offering concessions using their natural resources and assets to manage their ballooning debt. A new report by the US-based Centre for Global Development shows that China’s loans to Africa, currently standing in excess of $14

Africans deserves to know details of deals their leaders signed with China

China's footprints are all over the African continent, signing deals with many countries. However, the finer details of China-Africa loans are often kept secret. There are concerns that African countries are mortgaging their natural resources as collateral for the loans. The China-Africa deals ought to be transparent, and the public has

$500m Chinese loan: Nigerians have no reason to panic – DMO

The Debt Management Office, DMO, has reassured the Nigerians that there is no risk of default on the 500 million US dollars loan expected from China. The department gave the reassurance in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja. DMO’s statement is in reaction to public concern following the announcement at the Forum on

Ethiopia bags China debt deal, others wait

Ethiopia became the first country on the continent to have its Chinese debts restructured even as it became apparent that several other countries were waiting for loan concessions to avert distress. On Thursday, Ethiopia announced that China had agreed to restructure some of its loans, including the one for the $4

Beyond killer robots: how artificial intelligence can improve resilience in cyber space

By Michael Sulmeyer and kathryn Dura Recently, one of us spent a week in China discussing the future of war with a group of American and Chinese academics. Everyone speculated about the role of artificial intelligence (AI), but, surprisingly, many Chinese participants equated AI almost exclusively with armies of killer robots. Popular imagination and