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Cambodia to Begin Work on Controversial Chinese-Backed Canal in August: PM

Cambodia will start work on a controversial $1.7-billion canal linking the capital, Phnom Penh, to the sea in August, Prime Minister Hun Manet said Thursday. The Chinese-backed Funan Techo canal has sparked fears in neighboring Vietnam that it could be used ...

Chinese-Financed Light Rail Launches in Nigeria’s Capital Abuja

It took 12 years to build, but work on the Abuja light rail is finally complete. President Bola Tinubu officially commissioned the Chinese-financed and built commuter rail line on Wednesday and announced that rides would be free for all residents in the capital until December.

China-Africa Summit to Take Place September 3-8, According to Uganda Foreign Ministry

It appears Chinese ambassadors across Africa were given the go-ahead to notify their host governments that the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit will take place from September 3rd to the 8th. The Uganda Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a ...

China Accuses the Philippines of Staging Another “Grounding” in the South China Sea

China is accusing the Philippines of using a pair of Coast Guard vessels to claim another shoal in disputed waters in the South China Sea. The Chinese Communist Party tabloid Global Times published the claim on Wednesday when it said that ...

Indian, Chinese Blue Helmet Troops in Sudan Face Off in Tug-of-War Competition

A rare display of military camaraderie took place this week between Indian and Chinese blue helmet soldiers stationed in Sudan, where the two sides faced off in a friendly tug-of-war competition (India won).

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Letter From DC: Is Africa Holding Itself Back?

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Whoo boy…We picked a doozy of a week to be in town. The overlapping reverberations from leadership fights within the Democratic Party, the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, and the announcement of JD Vance as his vice-presidential candidate are understandably focusing attention inwards.

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China’s Xi Says Wants to Deepen Energy Cooperation With Arab States

Chinese leader Xi Jinping said Thursday he would seek to deepen energy cooperation with Arab states as he addressed a forum of regional leaders and diplomats in Beijing. China, which has ramped up diplomatic exchanges with Middle Eastern leaders in recent ...

China’s Xi Calls for Middle East Peace Conference

By Sébastien Ricci Chinese President Xi Jinping called on Thursday for a peace conference on the war between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas as he addressed Arab leaders and diplomats at a forum in Beijing.

Xi Says China ‘Deeply Pained’ by ‘Severe’ Gaza Situation

President Xi Jinping told his Egyptian counterpart on Wednesday that China was "deeply pained" by the "extremely severe" situation in Gaza, as Beijing hosts Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and several other Arab leaders. The talks between Xi, Sisi, and other Arab dignitaries ...

Exploring New Data on Sino-Mediterranean Relations: Trade, Energy, Security and Contracts

An overview and analysis of ChinaMed's updated dataset on China's commercial, security and trade influence across the Middle East, North Africa and Southern Europe. By Leonardo Bruni The ChinaMed Project is happy to announce ...

Chinese EV Tech in Kenya’s Mass Transport: The BasiGo Story

In 2022, BasiGo, an early-stage e-mobility start-up, imported two electric buses from BYD, a Chinese conglomerate and the world’s largest EV company. The plan was to address the mass transport needs by providing these buses to enable the country’s shift to clean transport. The idea was to study the BYD technology and then replicate it in Kenya by locally assembling bus parts sourced from the giant Chinese EV manufacturer.