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China’s new military force is expanding overseas

21 February 2019 China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is undergoing its most extensive reform in thirty years. Combined with China’s expansionist foreign policy, the West and its allies ought to be concerned. Since 2013, China has been weaving a network of assets and tightening its grip on strategic zones across the globe. Its flagship Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has widened its political...

A New Africa Strategy: Expanding Economic and Security Ties on the Basis of Mutual Respect

THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION 20 February 2019 John Bolton Summary The Trump Administration’s new Africa Strategy is based on three tenets. The first is advancing U.S. trade and commercial ties with nations across the region to the benefit of both the United States and Africa. The second is countering the threat from radical Islamic terrorism and violent conflict. ISIS, al-Qaeda, and their affiliates all operate and recruit on the African continent, plotting attacks against American citizens and targets. Third, the U.S. will ensure that U.S. taxpayer dollars for aid are used efficiently and...

The Little-Known Security Gaps In China’s Belt and Road Initiative

THE NATIONAL INTEREST 17 February 2019 by MOLLIE SALTSKOG AND COLIN P. CLARKE Beijing’s international pipeline networks are exposed to various dangers. China’s Belt and Road Initiative, sometimes referred to as “One Belt, One Road,” or “the new Silk Road,” is Beijing’s signature foreign policy project focused on developing robust infrastructure to connect China to key hubs of economic...

Ethiopia and Djibouti sign deal to build gas pipeline

IOL BUSINESS REPORT 18 February 2019 by ABDOURAHIM ARTECH AND AARON MAASHO INTERNATIONAL –  Ethiopia and Djibouti have signed a deal to build a pipeline to transport Ethiopian gas to an export terminal in the Red Sea state, officials said. Ethiopia found extensive gas deposits in its eastern Ogaden Basin in the 1970s. China’s POLY-GCL Petroleum Investments has been developing the Calub and...

Ethiopia and Djibouti’s renewed resolve for cooperation and economic integration

CNBC AFRICA 18 February 2019 The meeting was held in a spirit of brotherhood that reflected the excellent relations between the two countries. At the same time, it also provided a unique platform for both countries, to serve as a venue for the determination of both governments to demonstrate a renewed resolution to continue to play a pivotal role in the progress of the Horn of Africa and of Africa. Both governments are, after all, engaged in a process of reform aimed, inter alia, to encourage their nationals to engage fully and practically in the creation of employment opportunity for youth,...

Regional news

Russia in Africa: Is it becoming a key player?

BBC NEWS 9 January 2019 by KUMAR MALHOTRA Foreign military personnel inspect equipment at a Russian defence show Russia’s recent activities in Sudan and the Central African Republic have been the subject of intense speculation. That’s because along with renewed economic ties, private Russian military contractors are reported to have been active in both countries. This is particularly...

Ethiopia-Eritrea border boom as peace takes hold

BBC NEWS 9 January 2019 People come to Adigrat to stock up on all sorts of items The sun had just risen but the market in Adigrat was already coming alive when I went to visit. Dozens of makeshift stalls lined the street where a group of women traders were sifting chickpeas. In another place an elderly man was removing chickens from cages and placing them outside his shop. You can buy almost anything...

MAERSK Line Begins Operations In Mogadishu Port

HORSEED MEDIA 8 January 2019 Danish shipping line services MAERSK has begun operating in Somali’s Mogadishu Port. Mogadishu Port management announced that the shipping company started operations at the port on Saturday last week. The port administration said on this was a major development for their port and will create both business and employment for the people of Somalia. In a statement, the...

Global Engagement With Africa Continued to Surge in 2018

CHATHAM HOUSE 8 January 2019 by DR ALEX VINES OBE Xi Jinping at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing in September 2018. Photo: Getty Images. There is no doubt that 2019 will see a quickening of renewed international competition in Africa. China is now Africa’s leading trading partner and India, Russia and others are increasing their involvement, whereas the European Union is treading...

UK, Russia and UAE scramble to set up military bases in Somaliland

DAILY NATION 8 January 2019 Somaliand President Mouse Bihi holding talks with UK’s Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson at the presidential palace in Hargeisa, Somaliand, at the weekend. PHOTO | COURTESY In Summary UK keen on building new military bases around the world after Brexit. Russia wants a 1,500 man base to support its warships and hunter-killer submarines. The United Arab Emirates is...