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New Report on China-Arab Relations Provides Overview of What Will be on Xi’s Agenda at Upcoming Saudi Summit

Xi Jinping is widely expected to travel to Saudi Arabia at the end of the week for what will be his first visit to the Kingdom in six years and his first since Riyadh became China's largest oil supplier. ...

Why the Persian Gulf is China’s “New Africa”

Fifteen years ago, Africa supplied a third of China's imported oil and was a key recipient of foreign investment beyond its near abroad in east Asia. Today, a large portion of that energy procurement has shifted to countries in the Persian ...

U.S. Officials Are Working Hard to Keep China Off the Agenda of Next Week’s Africa Leaders Summit

The White House is working hard to make sure that China does not become a topic of conversation at next week's U.S.-Africa leaders summit that will take place in Washington, D.C. “Our goal is not to center our conversation on competition ...

China Playing “Aggressive Game” in Africa and the World, Says U.S. Trade Rep Katherine Tai

The top U.S. trade official, Katherine Tai, acknowledged that Washington is increasingly facing difficulties in Africa and other regions because China, not the U.S., is most countries' largest trading partner. During a conversation with The Atlantic Council's ...

Partially Chinese-Financed Hydropower Dam Cuts Power Deliveries to Zambia, Zimbabwe Due to Lack of Water

Environmentalists have warned for years that southern Africa's Chinese-financed hydroelectric building binge would eventually collide with the reality that the region doesn't have enough water. Officials at the Zambezi River Authority that runs the Kariba Dam announced 

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Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...

Buhari Lays Cornerstone For Chinese-financed ECOWAS Headquarters in Nigeria

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari led a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Chinese-financed headquarters of the West African regional organization ECOWAS. The new $32 million facility will be entirely paid for by the Chinese government and mostly built by Chinese ...

With Apple Reducing Its Manufacturing Dependence on China, Why is So Much Going to Asia and So Little to Latin America?

Apple is reportedly moving faster to relocate more of its production to countries outside China and reduce its longtime dependence on Taiwan-based contract manufacturing giant Foxconn. Eventually, the Cupertino-based electronics giant aims to ship 40-45% of iPhones from ...