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Turns Out China Still Finances Railway Projects in Africa

Until recently, it was widely understood that China had stepped back from lending large amounts of money to African governments for railway projects with questionable prospects of repayment. Apparently, that was an exaggeration. Sudan, according to Bloomberg, secured ...

India’s Ties With China Strained Across Multiple Fronts

Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar renewed his sharp criticism of China's alleged incursions into Indian territory along their disputed border in the Himalayas known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and, again, claimed that Sino-Pakistan BRI projects are violating Indian ...

Chinese Media Hints at Change in India’s Taiwan Policy When There Really Wasn’t Any

Indian foreign ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagch reiterated on Friday New Delhi's longstanding position on the One-China Policy and reaffirmed that New Delhi remains committed to the status quo regarding Taiwan. There was nothing exceptional about the statement, and it didn't reflect ...

Huawei’s India CEO Tells Court “I am a Chinese National, Not a Terrorist”

Huawei's CEO for India, Li Xiongli, borrowed a line from a popular Indian movie in a court plea on Friday to be released on bail following his arrest on tax charges. "I am a Chinese (national) and not a terrorist," Li said through his lawyer, cribbing ...

Chinese Official Dismisses Reports of Xi Trip to Saudi Arabia as “Gossip”

While Twitter was abuzz with speculation that Chinese President Xi Jinping would travel to Saudi Arabia this week based on a story in The Guardian, Wang Cheng, a highly-respected and normally very reliable Commerce Ministry dismissed the idea as 

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DRC Government Tries to Reframe Underwhelming Beijing Visit

Félix Tshisekedi, the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, left for a trip to Beijing last week amid sky-high expectations of both new deals and the significant reworking of current agreements widely seen in his country as favoring Chinese actors. None of this happened.
Instead, he returned with a fistful of non-binding MoUs to widespread dissatisfaction back home. Since then, DRC officials have worked overtime to try and spin the trip as a longer-term ...