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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 ...

Chinese Firms Win Most Bids to Explore Iraq Oil and Gas

Chinese energy companies won bids to explore 10 Iraqi oil and gas fields during new licensing rounds, ahead of any other foreign country, Iraq's oil ministry said Monday. Seven Chinese companies, including Sinopec, UEG, CNOOC Iraq, and Anton Oilfield, won 10 ...

China Commits $49 Million for Burkina Faso’s Donsin Airport Solar Power Plant

The Chinese loan also comes at a time when Burkina Faso is seeking to improve its relations with international partners following the 2022 military coup and the ongoing geopolitics between Russia, the U.S., China and France.

China’s Growing Influence in the Persian Gulf

It wasn't that long ago the Persian Gulf was a no-go zone for Chinese diplomacy. Back then, China didn't source much energy from Gulf countries, and its diplomats were ill-equipped to handle the region's contentious politics. That is no longer the ...

QatarEnergy Signs $6 Billion Deal With China Shipbuilder

A Chinese ship-building giant will construct 18 huge gas carriers for QatarEnergy under a $6 billion deal the Gulf firm announced on Monday. The firm hails it as the largest ever such contract. The China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) is set ...

China, Thailand Flock to Laos’ Rivers for Electricity

Pak Beng is a small, sleepy town north of Laos. Little happens in this town except when the slow boat emerges on the Mekong River pier at six in the evening. When that happens, shops, bars, and restaurants near the pier come alive to greet arriving tourists. ...

China Imported a Record Amount of Oil Last Year

China broke its all-time record for oil imports last year, averaging 11.3 million barrels a day — 10% more than in 2022, according to new Chinese Customs data. Almost 20% of that volume came from Russia alone, which displaced Saudi Arabia ...
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