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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 ...

Niger Rebels Say Disabled Part of Key Chinese-Built Oil Pipeline

Niger rebels fighting for the release of the country's democratically elected leader say they have disabled part of a crucial pipeline carrying crude oil to Benin. Vital to both the Nigerien and Beninese economies, the 2,000-kilometre-long pipeline has become the subject ...

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 ...

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 ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: China in the Sahel | ChatGPT’s take on China-Africa

China somehow managed to get the oil flowing between Niger and Benin this week amid a bitter dispute between the two West African countries that had briefly shut down the pipeline. Eric, Cobus, and Geraud ...

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 ...

Chinese Oil Shipments Caught in the Middle of Niger-Benin Trade Feud

Thousands of barrels of Nigerien oil should be flowing daily through a new 1,900km pipeline to the Port of Seme in neighboring Benin, from where it would be transported to China. But the pipeline is dry as the two West African ...

Malaysia Sells a Lot More Oil (Mostly to China) Than It Produces

Iran sold just $1.2 billion worth of goods to China in the first quarter of the year, according to new China Customs data released this week. That figure, though, is wholly misleading since it does not align with the news that 
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