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Ecuador President Arrives in Washington With Nearly-Complete Chinese Trade Deal in His Back Pocket

Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso will be at the White House on Monday for talks with President Joe Biden. The two leaders reportedly will address a broad range of issues, from Ecuador's appeal for more U.S. support to fight drug cartels to Washington's request for Lasso's administration to ...

Uruguay’s Free Trade Talks With China and Desire to Enter Pacific Trade Pact Upsets Regional Neighbors

Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou came under intense criticism from fellow leaders within the South American trading bloc known as Mercosur earlier this month over his government's moves to strike a free trade agreement with China and to enter the Trans-Pacific Partnership (aka CPTPP) trade ...

Fury Mounts in India Over Chinese Border Clash, Opposition Blasts PM For Remaining Silent

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is coming under intense criticism from the opposition Congress Party for not condemning China for a December 9th military skirmish in the Tawang sector along their disputed border in northeast Arunachal Pradesh. Congress Party MPs walked ...

Chinese Media’s Low-Key Reaction to Border Clash With India

While India's notoriously outspoken media is filled with anger over the December 9th skirmish between Indian and Chinese troops along the disputed border in the Himalayas, it's a very different situation in China, where the country's tightly controlled mainstream media outlets have been largely silent on the ...

Get Ready For Lots of Tough Talk on Chinese Debt When Janet Yellen Travels to Africa Next Month

Just days after it wrapped up a summit with African leaders, the Biden administration is following through on its promise to send more high-level officials to the continent.  First up is Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, who will ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Zimbabwe Agreement Could Signal China’s Return to African Rail

TransTech, a subsidiary of China Railway Group, reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) that could lead to a recapitalization of the country’s railway network.
Bloomberg reports that the agreement is currently limited to studying the project and producing a feasibility report by the end of June. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said: “It is our expectation that in the upcoming Forum for China and Africa taking place ...