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Peru Moves to Resolve Port Dispute Ahead of President’s Meeting With Xi Jinping

The Peruvian government formally withdrew its legal petition to block Chinese shipping giant Cosco from having exclusive rights to operate the new Chancay "mega port" that's near completion. The move marks a sharp reversal from its position in March when it ...

A Tale of Two Ports: A Potential Shift in Indian Ocean Maritime Politics?

By Saniya Kulkarni India recently signed an agreement with Iran to jointly develop and operate Chabahar Port, located on the southeastern Iranian coast on the Gulf of Oman. The new arrangement, which entails India committing to investing $370 million into the infrastructure of ...

Sri Lanka President Hints at Emerging Chinese Logistics Network Linking Hambantota With Yangon and Chongqing

Discussions are reportedly underway among Sri Lanka, China, and Myanmar to link key ports and industrial hubs in those countries into a new logistics network, according to recent comments by Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe. The president said at a cabinet ...

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 ...

What the New Port of Lekki in Nigeria Tells Us About the Future of Chinese Infrastructure Finance in Africa

China is no longer in the game of providing African countries with enormous loans to finance large-scale infrastructure projects. In fact, BRI financing last year for projects in Africa plunged more than 50% to just $7.5 billion.

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Letter From DC: Is Africa Holding Itself Back?

Whoo boy…We picked a doozy of a week to be in town. The overlapping reverberations from leadership fights within the Democratic Party, the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, and the announcement of JD Vance as his vice-presidential candidate are understandably focusing attention inwards.
That said, we’ve had fascinating conversations with very smart folks who focus on Africa, the wider Global South, and China’s role there. One theme ...

Buhari Commissions Port of Lekki, One of China’s Most Consequential Infrastructure Projects in Africa

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari officially opened West Africa's largest port facility on Tuesday when he commissioned the new Lekki Deep Sea Port in Lagos State. The opening coincided with the docking of the first cargo vessel, the French-flagged CMA CGM Mozart, to ...

Loan Revelations Spark New Confusion Over Whether Kenya’s Port of Mombasa Can Be Seized by China

There is renewed anxiety in Kenya over whether the Port the Mombasa is at risk of being seized by Chinese creditors in the event that the government fails to repay the loan for the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).

China Harbour Completes Construction of West Africa’s Largest Deep Water Port in Nigeria

The state-owned China Harbour Engineering Company completed construction of the $1.5 billion Lekki Deep Sea Port near Lagos and officially handed over the facility to its Nigerian partners. Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said the new port will generate 200,000 jobs ...

Massive Supply Chain Disruptions Expected on Key China-Africa Trade Route Due to South African Labor Unrest

Key strategic resources exported via South African ports to China are expected to face severe disruptions in the coming days and weeks in response to the declaration of force majeure by SA's state-run logistics operator Transet in response to the escalating labor strife with its ...

Chinese-Invested Portuguese Company Wins Crucial Logistics Concession in Angola

Portuguese construction major Mota-Engil outbid three Chinese state-owned companies, CITIC, Sinotrans, and CR20, to win a 30-year concession to operate the strategically important Lobito Corridor that connects the copper/cobalt belt in the southern DRC and northern Zambia with the port of Lobito in Angola. But ...
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