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Niger Authorities Confirm Sabotage of Chinese-Built Oil Pipeline by Rebels

Niger's military rulers have confirmed the sabotage of an oil pipeline carrying crude oil to neighboring Benin after a rebel movement seeking the release of the country's president claimed responsibility for the attack. On the night of June 16-17, "malicious individuals ...

Chinese Oil Permit in the Congo Threatens Park, Must Be Scrapped, Says NGO

An oil exploration permit held by a Chinese company in Congo-Brazzaville could threaten the ecosystem of one of the country's national parks and should be scrapped, a U.S. environmental group said on Thursday. Congo Brazzaville awarded the oil exploration permit to ...

South Korea Looks to Central Asia to Reduce Reliance on China for Critical Minerals

President Yoon Suk Yeol wrapped up on Sunday a weeklong trip to Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan that focused on introducing Korea's new strategy toward Central Asia and strengthening cooperation in critical minerals, energy and infrastructure. Yoon and first lady Kim Keon ...

Environmental Activist ‘Detained’ in Uganda, NGOs Say

An environmental activist in Uganda opposed to a huge oil drilling project headed by French giant TotalEnergies has been detained by soldiers, two NGOs said Friday. Stephen Kwikiriza has not been heard from for three days, according to the International Federation ...

China’s Xi Says Wants to Deepen Energy Cooperation With Arab States

Chinese leader Xi Jinping said Thursday he would seek to deepen energy cooperation with Arab states as he addressed a forum of regional leaders and diplomats in Beijing. China, which has ramped up diplomatic exchanges with Middle Eastern leaders in recent ...

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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 ...

Exploring New Data on Sino-Mediterranean Relations: Trade, Energy, Security and Contracts

An overview and analysis of ChinaMed's updated dataset on China's commercial, security and trade influence across the Middle East, North Africa and Southern Europe. By Leonardo Bruni The ChinaMed Project is happy to announce ...

Chinese EV Tech in Kenya’s Mass Transport: The BasiGo Story

In 2022, BasiGo, an early-stage e-mobility start-up, imported two electric buses from BYD, a Chinese conglomerate and the world’s largest EV company. The plan was to address the mass transport needs by providing these buses to enable the country’s shift to clean transport. The idea was to study the BYD technology and then replicate it in Kenya by locally assembling bus parts sourced from the giant Chinese EV manufacturer.

Chinese Energy Diplomacy in Mali to Increase Renewable Energy Generation

Chinese companies are said to have quietly joined Africa’s renewable energy revolution. In March 2023, China Power Construction Corporation held a special 10-day training program for Mali focused on energy supply chains, including construction and maintenance. It was the 112th such program in a developing nation.

Myanmar Junta Revives Plans for China-Backed Mega-Dam

Myanmar's junta has revived plans for a $3.6 billion Chinese-backed dam in the north of the country, which was suspended more than ten years ago following huge public opposition. The project to build the 6,000-megawatt Myitsone dam in northern Kachin state ...

Benin Allows Niger to Export Crude, Overcoming a Dispute

Benin's government said on Wednesday that it would allow the export of Nigerien oil through its port of Seme, resolving a tense standoff between the West African neighbors. Land-locked Niger last November inaugurated a giant oil pipeline to transport crude extracted ...
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