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Sunatimes 10 June 2018 Ethiopia, landlocked since the secession of Eritrea a quarter century ago, may consider building a naval base in neighboring Kenya to strengthen its military capabilities, the head of the state shipping company said. The facility could form part of a port the Kenyan government is building...

The Bulletin 9 June 2018 Will Ethiopia become “the China of Africa”? The question often comes up in an economic context: Ethiopia’s growth rate is expected to be 8.5 percent this year, topping China’s projected 6.5 percent. Over the past decade, Ethiopia has averaged about 10 percent growth. Behind those flashy numbers, however, is an undervalued common feature:...

One way China has fortified its investments in Africa is by gradually taking an active role at the United Nations, says Theodor Neethling, who heads the...

OZY 5 June 2018 Hong Kong–based American business developer Robby Zirkelbach has set up small firms in South Sudan, Iran and North Korea. But Somalia was too risky even for the former U.S. Marine sniper with a stomach for adventurous investments, until he stumbled upon the country’s north, the self-declared Republic of Somaliland. There, he sees promise in a land shattered...

The Wall Street Journal 1 June 2018 BERBERA, Somaliland—The battle for hegemony in the Middle East is playing out at an ancient African port where traditional dhow fishing boats now share space with giant container ships loaded around the clock by men in yellow high-visibility vests. Berbera, in the breakaway republic of Somaliland, is perched on a narrow shipping lane...

  Beijing’s plan to build a US$7.5 billion deep-sea port at Kyaukpyu is raising concerns about the project’s pricing, terms and strategic motivation By BERTIL LINTN JUNE 5, 2018 PM (UTC Local residents’ houses in front of buildings of a Chinese oil pipeline project (pink roof) on Madae island, Kyaukpyu township, Rakhine state, Myanmar. The...

quite sure how to respond. By Dr Robert J Bunker A recent health alert posted on the U.S. Department of State website related to an incident in Guangzhou, China, in which an employee of the U.S. embassy suffered certain “bio-effects.” The event can be viewed in the context of earlier incidents, such as that in which U.S. and Canadian diplomatic staff...

ehind the maze of shipping In “official” terms, these new land and maritime ‘Silk Roads’ will connect the world’s second-largest economy with 68 countries and 4.4 billion people across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe in a labyrinth of multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure projects. Yet before the C4ADS report was released, there were rumblings of looming...

The China morning post 30 May 2018 Pentagon renames its oldest and largest military command to reflect the growing importance of the Indian Ocean in US...

As China’s commercial and military presence grows across Asia, Africa, and the Pacific, other major powers are growing increasingly alarmed about...