Tag Archive for China in Africa

Africa Notes: US-African Union Relations






An interview with Michael Battle, the US Ambassador to the African Union: allAfrica.com: Africa: U.S. Ambassador in Conversation On African Union. Highlights: First, there are the necessary vague policy statements: it is in our strategic, tactical, and vested interest to have a kind of capacity to strengthen the capacity of the African Union, to make…

The environment and Africa: recent stories






Treehugger often feels like a pretty random “environmentalist” website. Half the time, I feel like they are trying to sell me something I don’t need (eco-consumerism is not necessarily a good thing).  That said, they also occasionally have very interesting stories. This week I noticed they had a couple posts about Africa. One does a…

News and comment: Nigerian rumored to have been killed in China






The Wall Street Journal (clip below), CNN and a number of other sources are reporting that at least 100 Africans were involved in protests over immigration enforcement in China.  The spark was apparently the death of a Nigerian who was killed during an immigration raid. China’s increasing ties with Africa is a subject that I…

News and Comment: Paris, China, Kabila, Zuma, and ECOWAS.






The BBC reports that the liberation of Paris in 1944 was carefully orchestrated to be “whites only”.  Apparently, this was an American idea. So when De Gaulle wanted to have a French division lead the liberation, he had to remove the West African soldiers (which reportedly formed 65% of Free French Forces) from the division…

News and Comment: South Africa does what China wants?






The BBC (see below) is reporting that the South African government may be bowing to pressure from China in its decision to block the Dalai Lama’s entry. If true (and what other reason could there be?), it is yet another signal that doing business with China carries its own conditions.  And if South Africa cannot…