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Q&A: How Cambodia’s Chinese-backed Funan Techo Canal Risks Destabilizing the Lower Mekong Delta

In May 2023, the former prime minister of Cambodia – Hun Sen – led a cabinet meeting that gave the green light to the “Funan Techo Canal”, the first waterway system in Cambodia, which will connect Phnom Penh Autonomous Port to Kep Province of Cambodia.

Insiders Expect Container Shortage at Chinese Ports Amid Red Sea Crisis

After the Red Sea crisis forced ships to extend their routes around the Cape of Good Hope, industry insiders have expressed their concerns about a possible empty container shortage at Chinese ports after the Chinese New Year holiday. “Equipment shortages are ...

China Proposes Billion-Dollar Revamp of the Legendary Tazara Railway

The competition between the United States and China to refurbish some of Africa's decrepit railways intensified this week when the Chinese government presented a billion-dollar proposal to rebuild the Tazara railway linking Zambia's copperbelt to the Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam. ...

China Proposes Billion-Dollar Revamp of the Legendary Tazara Railway

The competition between the United States and China to refurbish some of Africa's decrepit railways intensified this week when the Chinese government presented a billion-dollar proposal to rebuild the Tazara railway linking Zambia's Copperbelt to the Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam. ...

New Investment Data Shows Belt and Road Initiative Is Rebounding

Chinese investment in Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects rose to its highest level since 2018. A new report  by Fudan University in China and Griffith University in Australia shows that investment has jumped by 80% since last year. The ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...

China and the Global South’s Merging Talking Points

Considering that we’re called “The China-Global South Project,” it’s probably not surprising that we’ve long predicted that the developing world is becoming more central to China’s global geopolitical agenda. Other analysts are coming around to this view. For example, the Asia ...

Infrastructure, Tourism Top Wang Yi’s Agenda During Two Days of Talks With Thai Leaders

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi concluded a two-day visit to Thailand on Monday that included talks with his counterpart Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara and Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin. Wang's visit to Bangkok came at a time of heightened tensions in Southeast Asia amid a worsening ...

Tshisekedi Says Restructured Chinese Mining Deal Will Pave the Way for $7 Billion in New Infrastructure

Félix Tshisekedi was sworn in this weekend for a second five-year term following a landslide victory in December in an election that many of his opponents say was stolen. The president took the oath of office on Saturday before a packed ...

Sino-Turkish Competition and Cooperation in the EV Sector

By Ahmet Faruk Işık and Leonardo Bruni Türkiye’s foray into the electric vehicle (EV) industry, especially with the establishment of national electric car manufacturer Togg, has given rise to both collaboration and contrast with China. ...

U.S. Promotes Cross-Honduras Rail Project Previously Shopped to China

A $20 billion rail project that would connect Honduras' Pacific and Caribbean coasts is drawing interest from the United States. Scott Hansen, an economic counselor at the U.S. embassy in Tegucigalpa, reportedly presented the project to possible investors last week. The project ...
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