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Pass the Dictionary: Understanding the Various Forms of China’s Economic Engagement

By Lucas Engel and Oyintarelado Moses  The debt challenges among China’s borrowers, as well as China’s shifting approach to lending and investment abroad, are feeding an appetite for data on Chinese financial flows.  However, without a ...

China’s New Investment Priorities in Latin America and the Caribbean

For much of the past year, there's been a lot of talk about China's new leaner, more focused Belt and Road Initiative that goes by the mantra "Smart and Beautiful." The problem is very few people actually know what it looks ...

Report: Chinese Investment Trends in Latin America Reveal Priorities of the New, More Strategic BRI

China's investments in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are undergoing a dramatic shift away from large-scale infrastructure projects towards more strategic sectors like critical minerals, telecommunications and renewable energy, according to the findings of a new report by the Washington, D.C.-based think tank Inter-American Dialogue.

Possible Sino-Nigerian Steel Plant

The Chinese company Luan Steel Holding Group and the Nigerian government could work together to set up a steel plant, according to a statement from the country’s Minister of Steel Development, Prince Shuaibu Audu. The statement said the Nigerian federal government ...

Kenya Launches Construction on New Chinese Rail Project

Kenyan President William Ruto officially inaugurated construction on a new meter-gauge light rail line on Friday. The 12.5-kilometer project will connect with existing lines to link the Nairobi neighborhoods of Riruta and Ngong. It is being built by China Road and Bridge ...

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 ...

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 ...

Sino-French Collaboration on South African Power Plant

Sungrow Power Supply, a Chinese maker of solar components, will partner with EDF Renewables, a French green power company, on a new combined solar and wind power plant in South Africa. Sungrow will supply liquid-cooled power storage facilities for the project, ...

Dar es Salaam and Shaanxi Now Sister Regions

China’s Shaanxi Province signed an agreement with Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam district to explore joint investment opportunities. The agreement further underlines a key trend in Africa-China relations: the growing role of Chinese provinces in driving Chinese trade and investment in Africa. Sister ...

Where’s the Green? New Research Raises Doubts About China Investments in Sustainable Energy

At the Belt and Road Forum in October, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s keynote speech was peppered with the word “green.” He committed China to numerous green initiatives, including “green infrastructure, green energy and green transportation.” The problem is that China’s global energy ...
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