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Mideast Media Outlets Are Misreading a Chinese Naval Deployment to the Gulf of Aden

A trio of Chinese warships departed the Port of Zhanjiang in Guangdong province last week and are now on their way to the Gulf of Aden.  There is nothing unusual about this deployment as the three vessels are going to replace ...

UK Foreign Secretary Cameron to Pressure China Over Red Sea Attacks

UK Foreign Secretary David Cameron is the latest Western politician who apparently feels he can persuade China to use its influence to rein in Iran-backed Houthi militants attacking cargo vessels in the Red Sea. Cameron said he is going to ...

Chinese Analysts Express Unease Over New Delhi’s Naval Surge in the Arabian Sea

The Indian Navy has deployed an unprecedented number of warships to the Arabian Sea to join the multinational effort protecting civilian vessels coming under attack from Houthi militants based in Yemen. Although India is not a formal member of the U.S.-led ...

China Freeloading in the Red Sea Crisis: U.S. and UK Analysts

There is mounting criticism in the United States and Britain over China's apparent unwillingness to participate in multinational efforts to confront Iranian-backed Houthi militants in Yemen over pirate attacks that have brought commercial maritime traffic in the Red Sea to a near-standstill.

Insiders Expect Container Shortage at Chinese Ports Amid Red Sea Crisis

After the Red Sea crisis forced ships to extend their routes around the Cape of Good Hope, industry insiders have expressed their concerns about a possible empty container shortage at Chinese ports after the Chinese New Year holiday. “Equipment shortages are ...

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 ...

China Calls for Calm in the Red Sea as Oil, Shipping Prices Steadily Edge Higher

The Chinese Foreign Ministry issued a new appeal for calm in the Red Sea on Tuesday but made no mention of reports as to whether or not Beijing spoke with officials in Iran to rein in Houthi militants attacking cargo ships. ...

Iran Denies China Pressured Tehran to Curtail Red Sea Houthi Attacks

The Iranian Foreign Ministry refuted reports that China had called on Tehran to pressure Houthi militants in Yemen to halt attacks on cargo ships transiting through the Red Sea. Spokesman Nasser Kanaani told reporters on Monday that a Reuters report published last ...

U.S. Fails to Persuade China to Pressure Iran Over Houthi Red Sea Attacks

U.S. officials are expressing disappointment that China appears to be rebuffing Washington's request for Beijing to put additional pressure on the Iranian government to rein in Tehran-backed Houthi militants in Yemen that are attacking Western cargo ships in the Red Sea.

How China is Both Benefiting and Suffering From the Houthi Attacks in the Red Sea

Houthi militants in Yemen confirmed on Friday that Chinese and Russian vessels will be granted safe passage through the Red Sea while ships from other countries, particularly those from the U.S. and Europe on their way to/from Israel, will continue to be targeted for attack. ...

Wang Yi Kicks Off Africa Tour in Egypt, Red Sea Security Tops Agenda

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Cairo, the first stop in a week-long, four-nation Africa tour. Wang held separate talks with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi along with his counterpart Sameh Shoukry where the war in Gaza and the escalating tensions in ...
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