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China Discusses Ceasefire, Aid to Gaza with Egypt

China’s Special Envoy to the Middle East, Zhai Jun, said China is “ready to coordinate” with Egypt to promote a ceasefire in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The comments came during a phone call with Osama Khedr, the assistant minister of the ...

China, Syria Blame U.S. Sanctions on Damascus for Hampering Earthquake Relief

China will send $4.4 million in emergency humanitarian aid to earthquake-hit Syria. The announcement came as China also echoed a call by Damascus for U.S. and European sanctions to be lifted to facilitate the delivery of aid. The ...

Chinese Search and Rescue Teams Now on the Ground in Turkey with Dozens More on the Way

An 82-person Chinese search and rescue team is on the ground in earthquake-hit Türkiye after arriving at Adana airport on Wednesday. The team brought 20 tons of medical supplies, rescue equipment, and four sniffer dogs. The team 

China Sends Personnel, Aid to Assist With Quake Recovery in Türkiye

China announced a series of measures to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to Türkiye and Syria in response to Tuesday's devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that killed at least 8,000 people. Beijing is still a relatively new actor in being able ...

China and Forced Displacement in an Age of Crises

By Hugo Jones The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has estimated that the number of forcibly displaced people across the globe now surpasses 100 million. Weak economic growth, compounded by an emerging food crisis, is likely to inflate this ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Zimbabwe Agreement Could Signal China’s Return to African Rail

TransTech, a subsidiary of China Railway Group, reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) that could lead to a recapitalization of the country’s railway network.
Bloomberg reports that the agreement is currently limited to studying the project and producing a feasibility report by the end of June. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said: “It is our expectation that in the upcoming Forum for China and Africa taking place ...

New Contingent of Chinese Blue Helmets Arrive in DR Congo

Nearly one hundred Chinese PLA soldiers operating as UN peacekeepers arrived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Friday. None of the troops will be assigned to combat roles and instead will support existing Chinese engineering and medical detachments.

China’s 500 Borehole Project Tapped Its Final Well in Zimbabwe

It took almost ten years to drill 500 boreholes in a China Aid-funded project to deliver badly-needed water to communities throughout Zimbabwe. The project drilled its final borehole in the southern Gwanda Township on Saturday marking the end of ...

Q&A: China Likely to See the Cut in UK Aid Spending as Both an Opportunity and a Loss

The British government's decision to slash its overseas aid budget from $21.3 billion in 2020 to $13.8 billion this year is prompting heightened anxiety within the U.S. and European development communities that the move will provide a new opening for China to expand its influence in Africa ...

Three Experts Reflect on China’s Ambitious New Aid and International Development Agenda

The Chinese government earlier this month published a major update to the country's foreign aid and international development strategy. The new white paper entitled "China's International Development Cooperation in the New Era" maps out an ambitious new vision that integrates Chinese overseas development ...

Background: For More Than a Decade, Africa’s Been the Top Destination for Chinese Foreign Aid

Since 2010, Africa's been the largest recipient of Chinese foreign aid, even as China's ties in Asia have grown to be more geopolitically consequential. However, when reviewing data in the recently-published white paper on Chinese international development, analysts at the Beijing-based consultancy ...
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