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What Are China’s Military Ambitions?

Esquire 20 July 2017 Keep an eye on the Horn of Africa. Getty By Robert Bateman Jul 20, 2017 115 Russia, we noted last month, is boxed in by the tyranny of hydrography. They really have no way to get out onto the surface of the deep blue sea that is not constrained by land, ice, or NATO. China, on the other hand, does have a long oceanic and ice-free coastline. But...

India joins US-Japan naval exercises

Asian Review 20 July 2017 Beijing’s ramped-up Indian Ocean activity has New Delhi on ‘full alert’ AKIRA HAYAKAWA, Nikkei staff writer MUMBAI India is stepping up its guard against China on the high seas as well. In the Indian Ocean, on the sea route in China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, a joint exercise was recently conducted by Japan, the U.S....

Chinese warships en route to Baltic Sea

Estonian World Review 18 July 2017 The Chinese armada is heading to Europe, as Beijing and Moscow look to boost their strategic ties. The next iteration of their “Joint Sea” naval drills will take place in the Baltic Sea next week. The Chinese naval fleet is expected to arrive in the Baltic Sea by the end of week, according to reports from NATO insiders, after the warships were first...

Sanctions extension likely to hamper US-Sudan relations

The East African 15 July 2017 Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir gives a press conference in the presidential palace in the capital Khartoum, on March 2, 2017. PHOTO | ASHRAF SHAZLY | AFP In Summary Sudan says Trump administration would be held responsible in case of repercussions and sufferings among the Sudanese people. While Khartoum has not carried out new attacks in Darfur, Southern...

China warns Japan to ‘get used to’ its bomber flights near Okinawa

news.com.au 17 July 2017 Jamie Seidel News Corp Australia Network CHINA this weekend sent a flight of six nuclear-capable bombers over disputed islands near Okinawa, warning Japan such stand-offs will become ‘the new norm’. Beijing announced at the weekend that its H6K bombers had flown “several” long-range drills over the Bashi Channel and Miyako Strait during the past...

Regional news

US delivers last choppers to Kenya Air Force

The East African 20 July 2017 The last two of eight Bell Huey II helicopters that were delivered by the US on July 19, 2017 to the Kenya Air Force. The helicopters have an exceptional capacity to operate in hot and high-elevation environments. PHOTO | COURTESY In Summary Six similar choppers were delivered on December 2, 2016, and are being used to deploy rapid response units to and from...

Zambian President Edgar Lungu invokes state of emergency

The East African 6 July 2017 President Edgar Lungu. FILE PHOTO | PHILIPPE WOJAZER | AFP In Summary Zambian President Edgar Lungu invoked a state of emergency on Wednesday after a series of apparent arson attacks, in a move likely to trigger fresh accusations of government authoritarianism. Zambia has enjoyed relative stability in recent years, but political tensions have been high this year after...

Lack of funds caused botched measles vaccination in S. Sudan

Sudan Tribune 28 June 2017 June 27, 2017 (JUBA) – Lack of funds needed to train vaccinators caused the death of 16 children during the botched measles vaccination campaign in South Sudan, an official said on Tuesday. Three-year-old Sarah is immunised against measles in South Sudan (Photo: UNICEF) “The measles campaign was carried out by UNICEF [UN Children’s Fund] with World Health...

Kenyan bishop killed in Juba

The East African 23 June 2017 A map showing Juba, the capital of South Sudan. GOOGLE MAPS GOOGLE MAPS In Summary Brigadier Daniel Justin, the police spokesperson, said some suspects had been arrested in connection with the killing of Bishop Joel Mwendwa. Advertisement By JOSEPH ODUHA A Kenyan cleric was murdered on Friday morning at a church in Munuki, a suburb in South Sudan’s...

Editor of suspended Tanzanian newspaper threatened

The East African 20 June 2017 Journalists at work. Mr Simon Mkina, editor-in-chief of the suspended Mawio Weekly, told AFP he has received threatening, anonymous phone calls in the days since the suspension. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP Nairobi The editor-in-chief of a Tanzanian newspaper suspended last week after linking two former presidents to controversial mining contracts said he has since...