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B3W 2.0: The $600 Billion “Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment”

G7 leaders unveiled their latest effort to challenge China's Belt and Road Initiative with the announcement of the "Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII)." The new plan was revealed on Sunday at the leaders' summit in Germany and included pledges to raise $600 billion ...

China, Iran Aim to Boost Trade Through New Railway

A new railway cargo line connecting the southwestern Chinese province of Ningxia with the northern Iranian port city of Anzali is now operational.  The new 8,500-kilometer route is supposedly twice as fast as other overland transport routes and even speedier than an earlier rail link. ...

China’s Top Diplomat for Sub-Saharan Africa Visits Tanzania

Wu Peng, the Director-General for Sub-Saharan Africa in China's Foreign Ministry, continued his African tour with a visit to Tanzania. He tweeted that he met with Tanzania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation Liberata Mulamula but didn't specify what they discussed. (@WUPENG_MFA) ...

Debt Warnings Are Flashing in Laos

How China acts in the Zambian debt restructuring process will no doubt be closely watched in Laos. This is because of rising fears that the Southeast Asian country could be the next to fall into debt distress.  Laotian public ...

China, Cambodia Break Ground on Controversial Navy Base Renovation Project

Cambodian and Chinese officials dismissed international concerns about a new Chinese-financed upgrade of a navy base in the southern Preah Sihanouk province during a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday. Defense Minister Tea Banh and China's ambassador Wang Wentian ...

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China, Cambodia Deny Washington Post Report of New PLA Navy Base

Chinese and Cambodian officials were quick to dismiss a Washington Post report this week that claimed the Chinese are building a new base at the Ream naval base in Preah Sihanouk province. "Cambodia won’t allow the Chinese military to use it ...

Kenyan Parliament to Investigate Debunked SGR Rumors

A Kenyan parliamentary oversight committee wants to review the controversial contract for the Chinese-built Standard Gauge Railway. But rather than addressing the contract’s opacity, it will again focus on the rumor that it puts up Mombasa port as collateral - a rumor that has been debunked ...

The Politics of Chinese-financed Infrastructure Development in East Africa

How African governments negotiate infrastructure deals with Chinese lenders and construction companies is far more complex than many assume. While most focus on the role of the head of state, the reality is that the leader is just one of many ...

The Chinese-Built Standard Gauge Railway Turned Five This Week

This week marked the five-year anniversary of the Chinese-financed and built Standard Gauge Railway that officially launched on May 31, 2017. The milestone was largely ignored by the Kenyan press but was noted with some enthusiasm in the Chinese media. (AFRICA DIRECT -- Chinese) ...

Drivers Who Claim They’re Broke Force Chinese Contractor to Re-Think Nairobi Expressway Toll Plan

It's been a rocky start for the new Chinese-built Nairobi Expressway that opened to the public two weeks ago. Complaints that the tolls are too high, accidents, and now massive traffic jams have all marred what the government had ...
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