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Cambodia’s $16 billion ‘eco-city’ poses social, ecological concerns

On 20th of December 2022, a company called Canopy Sands Development kicked off the construction of a $16 billion eco-city in Sihanoukville Province. The eco-city project, Bay of Lights, promises to transform the Ream Bay to a top tourist destination in the world. ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

China-Indonesia Food Security Tie-up Is Strategic. But First, Let’s Talk About Indonesia’s Concerns

The recent collaboration between Indonesia's Ministry of Agriculture (Kementan) and China's National Rice Research Institute (CNRRI) marks a significant step towards enhancing agricultural productivity and ensuring food security in the archipelago. However, several challenges such as cases of illegal fishing, inadequate infrastructure and lingering environmental and ...

Mexico Aims to Be Big Economic Winner From U.S.-China Tensions

By Daniel Rook Sparks fly as a laser slices through metal in a factory in Mexico, which is preparing for a wave of foreign investment thanks to heightened tensions between the United States and China. ...

Splashy Saudi Mega-Project NEOM Chases Chinese Funds

By Holmes Chan with Robbie Corey-Boulet in Riyadh Bigwigs behind a Saudi megacity dogged by questions about its viability have wrapped up a tour courting Chinese investors, detailing plans for a futuristic ski resort and 170-kilometer-long skyscrapers.

Angolan President Returned Home From China With Diplomatic Upgrade, Oil Deals, and Debt Relief Promises

Unlike several African presidents who've recently visited China and left largely empty-handed, Angola's João Lourenço wrapped up a three-day visit with several important tangibles that highlight the southwestern African country's growing importance as a frontline state in the Great Power rivalry between the U.S. and China. ...

Lots of Smiles, Lots of Handshakes but Few Tangible Commitments During Sierra Leone President’s China Tour

Sierra Leone's President, Julius Maada Bio, kicked off a five-day state visit to China with a flurry of meetings with Chinese leaders, including President Xi Jinping. After laying a customary wreath at the Monument to the People's Heroes in Tiananmen Square, 

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 ...
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