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Examining New Data on Chinese Foreign Direct Investment across the Wider Mediterranean Region

Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in the Mediterranean region grew by 5% in 2022 but differed by region. While the Middle East accounted for the bulk of the increase, southern Europe and North Africa suffered investment slumps. This is the key ...

Examining New Data on Chinese Foreign Direct Investment across the Wider Mediterranean Region

By Leonardo Bruni Here at the ChinaMed Project, we are pleased to announce that we recently updated our database, ChinaMed Data, with the latest figures on Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in the wider Mediterranean region. In this edition of the ...

More Details on How Germany’s Siemens Outbid Chinese Contractors to Win the Red-to-Med High-Speed Railway in Egypt

This week's news that the German company Siemens outbid Chinese and French contractors to build the new Egyptian high-speed railway that will go from Ain Sukhna on the Red Sea to the Mediterranean port city of Marsa Matruh took some by surprise, given how dominant Chinese ...

The China-Mediterranean Observer: Mixed Feelings in Iran and China About Strategic Cooperation Deal

We start this issue of the ChinaMed Observer with the debate in Iranian media over the signing of the Iran-China 25-year Cooperation Program. In this regard, Abolfazl Olamayifar, Director of the China Desk at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from the pages of the economic newspaper Donya-ye ...

The China-Mediterranean Observer: How Will a New/Old Biden Mideast Policy Impact China’s Ambitions in the Region?

The killing of the Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the future of American foreign policy toward the Middle East under President Biden, and the tensions between France and the Muslim world are the three key topics of recent Chinese commentaries. 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 ...