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The African Union’s Agenda 2063: Positioning China and Other External Partners

China is Africa’s biggest cooperating partner in recent years. The principles underpinning China’s foreign policy on the continent, comprising of equality, respect for sovereignty as well as mutual benefits and co-development, are all reasons for the acceptance and reception of China’s engagements in Africa.

Cambodian PM Says Country to Build Canal With China

Prime Minister Hun Manet said Thursday that Cambodia will proceed with controversial plans to build a $1.7 billion canal linking the capital, Phnom Penh, to the sea. The Funan Techo Canal is the latest Chinese-backed infrastructure project in Cambodia, which received ...

New Cambodian Canal Project Won’t Faciliate Chinese Military Access, Says Ex Premier

Hun Sen, Cambodia's former premier and father of the current prime minister, took to the social media platform X this week to vent his frustrations over allegations that the Chinese military will use the long-planned Funan Techo canal. "Cambodia needs Chinese ...

Vietnamese Leader Pursues Infrastructure, Energy Cooperation in China

The chairperson of Vietnam’s National Assembly, Vương Đình Huệ, continued his official visit to Beijing by meeting with executives from transport and energy companies. The meetings revealed the close political and infrastructure links between the countries. For example, in a meeting ...

Could India Outgrow China During This Decade?

While India’s $3.5 trillion economy is still overshadowed by China’s $17.8 trillion giant, it could equal its neighbor in purchasing power parity by the end of the decade, according to calculations by Bloomberg. However, this would depend on boosting infrastructure and skills, setting up more factories, and ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Joint Battlefield Training to Raise Pressure in South China Sea

The U.S. military will reportedly introduce joint combat training with the Philippines in June. Major General Marcus Evans, commander of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, told the Associated Press that the training would increase the Philippine army’s ability to fight in challenging jungle conditions.
The training will run from June 1 to 10. At Manila’s request, the training will be held in Philippine territory for the first time. It will involve about 2,000 people ...

Labor Relations at Chinese Construction Sites in Africa

Few topics have shaped perceptions about China's engagement in Africa more than the presence of Chinese construction sites across the continent. Chinese contractors have built countless ports, roads, railways, and more, but the way that work has been done has been ...

Chinese Dam Project Reopens After Deadly Pakistan Attack: Officials

A Chinese contractor has resumed construction on a major dam site in northwestern Pakistan after being provided with extra security, officials said Wednesday, following a deadly attack on Chinese engineers. Power China and the China Gezhouba Group Company halted work on ...

African Development Bank Suspends Chinese Contractor Due to Fraud

The African Development Bank (AfDB) banned China Henan International Corporation Group (CHICO) from working on any bank-funded projects for one year following an investigation that found "fraudulent activity." The bank determined that CHICO failed to disclose that it hired ...

Why a Chinese-Backed Canal Project in Cambodia is Making Vietnam Very Nervous

Former Cambodian strongman Hun Sen was in Beijing last week lobbying the Chinese government to move forward with the $1.7 billion Funan Techo Canal project which his son, President Hun Manet, has made the centerpiece of his new administration.

Pakistan Official Says China Halted Work on Two Projects After Deadly Attack

By Lehaz Ali Chinese contractors have halted construction on two major dam projects in Pakistan after a suicide bomber killed five Chinese engineers and a Pakistani driver this week, a provincial official told AFP on Friday.
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