2018/07/21 – Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Africa on a four-nation visit seeking deeper military and economic ties.
His visit comes as the US, the country’s rival in a bitter trade war, shows little interest in the world’s second most populous continent. Continuer à lire … « China’s President Arrives In Africa To Develop Deeper Military Ties With Continent »
2018/07/13 – Ethiopians and Eritreans alike are celebrating the breakneck speed of a rapprochement between Addis Ababa and Asmara, two longtime enemies. Closer ties between the two, while not necessarily a done deal, could usher in a new era of peace and prosperity for the Horn of Africa, resuming a thriving trade relationship and granting landlocked Ethiopia access to a new port. Continuer à lire … « Why Djibouti Is the Loser of the Horn of Africa’s New Peace »
The highly credible Stockholm International Peace Research institute (SIPRI) has identified sixty-three multilateral peacekeeping operations throughout the world. Africa hosts the largest number, with twenty-five missions. For perspective, there were eighteen in Europe, nine in the Middle East, six in Asia, and five in the Western Hemisphere. African peacekeeping missions accounted for some 75 percent of all peacekeeping personnel, with African countries accounting for the majority of those troops. Continuer à lire … « Global Peacekeeping Operations Overwhelmingly African and in Africa »
2018/07/11 – The first China-Africa Defense and Security Forum hosted by China’s Ministry of National Defense concluded in Beijing on Tuesday. Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe met with 49 African delegates that attended the forum in Beijing on Tuesday morning. Continuer à lire … « Africa / Military – Chinese Defense minister meets with African guests »
2018/07/11 – China has helped launch the first phase of a $3.5bn project to build Africa’s biggest free trade zone in the microstate of Djibouti.
The Djibouti International Free Trade Zone (DIFTZ) is planned as a 48 sq km project, however the first phase will be a $370m, 2.4 sq km pilot zone which will consist of four industrial clusters focusing on processing goods for export, financial support services, manufacturing and duty-free retailing. Continuer à lire … « “Africa’s Dubai”: Chinese group starts work on $3.5bn Djibouti free trade zone »
2018/06/19 – Recent scholarship in political ecology has called for investigating how resources are discursively and materially securitized within political economies (Peluso and Vandergeest 2011). Uranium is a quintessential hybrid human/non-human resource whose securitization has historically been a high global priority. Continuer à lire … « Human–Environment Hybridity: Implications of Rising China for Uranium Geopolitics #Africa »
2018/06/10 – The Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir has received an invitation from the Chinese President Xi Jinping to attend the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit in Beijing in September 2018. Continuer à lire … « Sudan’s al-Bashir to visit China in September »