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Top Myanmar General in China for Official Visit: Junta

The Myanmar junta's second-in-command arrived in China on Saturday for an official visit, the junta's information team said, as clashes with ethnic minority fighters raged in the north of the country despite a Beijing-brokered ceasefire. Vice-senior General Soe Win arrived in ...

China Claps Back at Biden BRI Diss, Says U.S. Should “Do Something Real” for Africa

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs hit back against U.S. President Joe Biden's criticisms of the Belt and Road Initiative and the insinuation that Beijing is engaging in predatory lending practices in Africa. This latest spat began last week when Time ...

Brazil Expected to Join Belt & Road During VP’s China Tour This Week

Brazilian Vice President Geraldo Alckmin and Chief of Staff Rui Costa arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for a high-profile five-day China tour aimed at boosting economic ties between the two countries. The pair is accompanied by more than 200 Brazilian business ...

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 Exports Fall More Than Feared in March

Chinese exports plunged more than expected last month, official figures showed Friday, as the world's second-largest economy struggles to sustain its post-pandemic recovery. Shipments sank 7.5 percent on-year, while imports shrank 1.9%, the General Administration of Customs said. ...

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 ...

Leaders from Recipient Countries Weigh In on BRI: Report

The future of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is preoccupying China watchers around the world. However, the debate frequently leaves out the most important stakeholders: leaders from recipient countries. A new report from AidData polled leaders and senior officials from ...

China Uses Debt-Free Infrastructure Financing Model in Cambodia. It Ended up Being Popular

Cambodians are eagerly waiting for the country’s first waterway system, the Funan Techo Canal, to kick off construction scheduled late this year. Aside from the excitement for economic benefits that the canal promises, it has also brought more attention to the project’s investment scheme called Build-Operate-Transfer ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: China to Reportedly Launch International Hunt for Officials Suspected of Corruption in BRI Projects

The Chinese government will reportedly launch an international hunt for officials suspected of corruption in Belt and Road Initiative projects. This will form part of a wider crackdown on corruption in President Xi Jinping’s signature infrastructure and connectivity project. The strike will involve several state agencies and will ...

Ten Dead in Attack on Chinese-Built Port in Pakistan

Pakistani security forces foiled an attack on Gwadar Port, a key Belt and Road Initiative project. Armed militants detonated several bombs around the port complex before opening fire. All eight attackers and two soldiers were killed in fights with security forces.

Putting Geopolitical Competition on Display: Sierra Leonian President Visits China

By Lucas Engel On Saturday, March 2, 2024, Julius Maada Bio, the President of Sierra Leone, returned from China, marking the end of the year’s first visit to China by an African head of state.
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