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Why Boosting Africa-Southeast Asian Trade & Investment Makes So Much Sense

There's been a surge of activity in Africa-ASEAN relations in recent weeks highlighted by Indonesian President Joko Widodo's recent African tour and the Singapore-Africa Business Forum that took place earlier this month in the Lion City. Closer trade and investment ties ...

Is Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Absence from the G20 a Sign of a Broader Trend?

Speculation about why President Xi Jinping decided to sit out the G20 summit for the first time since taking power has been rife. The reason could be anything from skipping awkward meetings with rivals like U.S. President Joe Biden, to denting ...

ASEAN Talks with Major Powers Navigate Numerous Controversies

China’s Premier Li Qiang warned against a ‘new cold war’ as the ASEAN summit moved on to a series of talks between the bloc and its partners. Calling for ways to "appropriately handle differences and disputes," Li said: "At present, it is ...

New Prominence for Premier Li Qiang as Xi Skips Summits

Chinese Premier Li Qiang is gaining unexpected prominence thanks to the fact that he is standing in for President Xi Jinping at this week’s ASEAN and G20 summits, where he'll represent the PRC in the same room as people like U.S. President Joe Biden.

Africa Climate Summit Ends With Anger at Western Dominance, Near No-Show from China

The African Climate Summit wrapped up on Wednesday with the adoption of the Nairobi Declaration. It calls for:  Reforms of the international financing system to lower the cost of climate financing for poor countries via more concessional lending and targeted ...

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 ...

TRANSLATION: Africa Is Not Paradise for Chinese Bosses

There’s been a recent flurry of posts on WeChat from various accounts in different countries that tout the enormous opportunities available for Chinese entrepreneurs on the continent. Some of these accounts are either directly or indirectly affiliated with various Chinese government agencies and appear intended to encourage ...

Indonesian Middle Schooler In Hot Water With Local Authorities For Fighting Against Chinese Wood Pellet Exporter

“The road only has a capacity of five tons, but the Jambi mayor Syarif Fasha allowed up to 20 tons , exceeding and violating the regional regulation concerning road transportation,” a young girl eloquently spoke to the camera. The girl continued: “They worked together – the Chinese ...