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U.S.-Philippine Talks Amid Rising China Tensions

The president of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., met with U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday amid rising tensions with China in the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea. Security cooperation topped the agenda in the form of shared defense guidelines and equipment, as ...

Chinese Military Construction Resumes in UAE: U.S. Intelligence

U.S. intelligence sources say construction has resumed on a suspected Chinese military facility in the United Arab Emirates, reports the Washington Post. The allegations form part of a recent leak of classified documents on the social media site Discord. The Discord leaks ...

Japan’s PM Kishida Tours Africa Amid China Tensions

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced his government will provide $500 million to promote peace and stability in Africa. He made the announcement in Accra, the second stop in a week-long African tour explicitly aimed at countering Russia and China’s influence on the ...

Connecting the Dots: China’s Hebei Province and Africa

Beyond the central government and the Chinese Communist Party, China's engagement with African countries is increasingly being driven by its provinces. Hebei, the crescent-shaped province circling Beijing, is a key example. We tracked how Hebei is boosting China's presence in Africa across three different sectors:

The More We Get Together: Benefits of Cofinancing Development Projects in the Global South

By Cecilia Springer The Global South faces major financing gaps for achieving sustainable development goals. At the same time, the main infrastructure initiatives seeking to fill these gaps - China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the US-led Partnership for Global Infrastructure ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

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 ...

Uganda’s Oil & Gas Charm-Offensive on Chinese Companies as Activists Intensify EACOP Protests

Climate security campaigner 350.org is pleading with financiers to withhold support of the construction of the 1,443km East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) which cuts across Tanzania and Uganda. On Thursday, the New York-based organization accused France's TotalEnergies of profiteering from ...

Chinese Company Targets South Africa With Renewable Energy Solutions Despite Difficulties Weaning off Coal

China’s Hinen Group is expanding into South Africa with a promise to make renewable energy accessible and affordable for everyone, according to the company’s Country Manager, Andy Zhou Xiang Yang. Hinen Solar South Africa is launching in the Southern African ...