Coronavirus affords Beijing opportunity to strengthen ties with continent
Over the last ten days, China has stepped up its public relations and the delivery of medical equipment to Africa.
Although controversial in Russia itself, Russian electoral know-how has become an export product, notably in Africa. Russian pollsters, consultants and analysts are besieging African presidencies with offers of opinion polls and vote surveillance techniques, which they present as antidotes to Western interference.
In addition to the very conspicuous agents of Spetsnaz, the special forces responsible for President Faustin Archange Touadera's personal security and for the protection of his private residences and of ministerial buildings in Bangui, Russian operatives are in the process [.