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US-China tensions: how Africa can avoid being caught in a new Cold War

US-China tensions: how Africa can avoid being caught in a new Cold War

CHINA’S foreign ministry published a 4,000-word analysis entitled US Hegemony and its Perils on 20 February. It’s an indictment of alleged US foreign interference, intimidation and interventions that began 200 years ago. This was followed by President Xi Jinping’s accusation at the Communist Party National Congress in March that the US was pursuing an unprecedented global policy to contain and suppress Chinese development. Author JOHN J STREMLAU, Honorary Professor of International Relations, University of the Witwatersrand US official reaction to the Chinese accusations has been muted. But the recent US shooting down of an alleged Chinese spy balloon escalated tensions.…
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Child nutrition programmes can feed inequality: model from South Africa shows how context shapes lives

Child nutrition programmes can feed inequality: model from South Africa shows how context shapes lives

INTERVENTIONS to improve nutrition, especially for children and pregnant women, can be critical for health, physical growth and cognitive development, enabling better lives and futures. Reams of policy papers will attest to the fact that if a government or a donor spends substantially on nutrition, the return on their investments – in lives improved or saved – will be high. Less well known is that the full rewards of nutrition support for the neediest children don’t always materialise. Nutrition interventions on their own are not fulfilling their full potential for all who receive them. Authors CHRIS DESMOND, Researcher, SAMRC/Centre for…
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