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Chinese Oil Shipments Caught in the Middle of Niger-Benin Trade Feud

Graphic by China-Global South Project.

Thousands of barrels of Nigerien oil should be flowing daily through a new 1,900km pipeline to the Port of Seme in neighboring Benin, from where it would be transported to China.

But the pipeline is dry as the two West African countries enter the second week of a contentious trade dispute. The oil blockade began last Wednesday when President Patrice Talon accused Niger of halting food and agriculture imports.

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