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Chinese Commentators Are Nervous About Russian and Western Influence in Niger

A supporter of the Niger's National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland (CNSP) holds a Niger's flag with a picture of Niger's new military ruler, General Abdourahamane Tiani, at a demonstration ouside the Niger and French airbases in Niamey on August 27, 2023. AFP

Until now, Chinese commentators have been largely quiet about the implications of the July 26 coup in Niger on Chinese interests in the West African country.

Now, though, that’s starting to change as anonymous political commentators are publishing some fascinating perspectives on the situation in Niger that highlight deeply embedded Chinese insecurities about both Western and Russian influence.

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