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With New Oil Deal, China Holds Steady in Niger While Western Powers Withdraw

Niger signed a $400 million MoU with Chinese state-owned oil giant China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) for the sale of crude oil from the country’s Agadem oilfield. Following the launch of a pipeline project in November backed by PetroChina, the publicly-listed arm ...

Chinese Embassy Denounces U.S. General’s Remarks on Chinese Space Exploration Station in Argentina

The Chinese Embassy in Argentina strongly condemned a U.S. general’s remarks on a Chinese space exploration station in the country. Following Javier Milei's election as president of Argentina in December, the Chinese-built space exploration station in the Andes Mountains has become ...

Modi Calls for Stable Ties With China and End to Border Dispute

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sat down for an interview with the U.S. news outlet Newsweek and made conciliatory remarks on China, calling for stable ties and a resolution of the long-running border dispute between the two countries. Yet while Modi ...

China Not a Significant Factor in Ghana’s Debt Distress – World Bank

Ghana has relatively low exposure to loans from China and multiple creditors, enabling the country to reach debt restructuring agreements. Chinese creditors account for only 7% of Ghana’s public external debt, while China accounts for 36% of Zambia’s external debt and ...

U.S. Should Increase Engagement With African Countries For Greater Access to Critical Minerals – Report

The U.S. should boost engagement with African countries in mutually beneficial partnerships to be the continent’s preferred partner for critical minerals development. This will not be easy, as there is no sign that China is retreating in African markets, and the U.S.’s economic competition in Africa is ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

Geopolitical Tensions Destroying South China Sea Coral Reefs: Report

While states compete in territorial disputes in the South China Sea, a hidden crisis is unfolding beneath the surface. The region’s shallow coral reefs are being devastated by industrial overfishing, rampant island-building, and reckless giant clam harvesting, with China and Vietnam ...

Investigation Identifies Security Lapses in Pakistan Terror Attack

An investigation into the attack that killed five Chinese nationals last month found serious lapses in security and a failure to adhere to standard security protocols. A three-member committee of the Pakistani government reported that the vehicle carrying the Chinese nationals ...

Morocco Signs Agreement for EV Battery Plant With Chinese Company

The Moroccan government signed a $300 million agreement with China’s BTR New Material Group to build a plant in the port city of Tangier to produce cathodes used in electric vehicle (EV) batteries. The government considers this plant the first step ...

ByteDance Shuts Down Free African Messaging App That Failed to Challenge WhatsApp

Chinese tech firm ByteDance shut down its three-year-old multimedia messaging app LetsChat earlier this month, a rare defeat for the social media giant that hoped the platform would take off among Africa’s ballooning youth population. In contrast to TikTok, ByteDance’s short ...

China is Buying More Agricultural Products From Africa, But There Is Still a Lot of Room For Growth

Chinese consumers can now buy Kenyan coffee, tea, and avocados — all shipped tariff-free. The latest data show that China is buying more agricultural products from Africa, but for all the Kenyan farm produce heading east, Chinese garlic and fish are also increasingly heading in the opposite ...
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