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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 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 ...

Amid West African Coups, Benin Leader’s Beijing Trip Is Notable

Considering the caliber of events Chinese President Xi Jinping is not showing up to, it’s notable that he made time to meet with Benin’s President Patrice Athanase Guillaume Talon on Friday. Talon led a four-day state visit to Beijing, which saw the establishment ...

Chinese Citizens in Niger Shelter in Place, Future of Key Energy Projects Now in Question

The Chinese embassy in Niger called on its nationals in the country to shelter in place until the security situation stabilizes following last week's military coup. So far, there have been no reports of Chinese casualties or any adverse impact on Chinese ...

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 ...

How Does Africa Get the Tech It Needs?

As geopolitical tensions rise, external partners want a say in African development choices. This is particularly true for digital expansion, where Global South countries are frequently framed as battlegrounds between Chinese companies like Huawei and Western competitors. However, African policymakers are gaining ...

Benin’s Finance Minister Meets With China Exim Bank President

Beninese Finance Minister Romuald Wadagni is in Beijing this week, where he met with China Exim Bank President Ren Shengjun. Neither side released details of the meeting, but it does highlight how China Exim Bank is continuing to engage African governments ...

Q&A: Why is Benin on Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang’s African Tour Itinerary?

The newly appointed head of Chinese diplomacy, Qin Gang, has begun his first African tour which will take him to five countries. A visit that is part of the long tradition of Chinese diplomacy to reserve the first overseas tour to the African continent. ...

Massive Statue by Chinese Artist Rises Over the Benin City of Cotonou

The 30-meter-high Statue of the Amazon ("Statue de l'Amazone") is a tribute to the all-female military regiment in the 18th century Kingdom of Dahomey that is now present-day Benin. Chinese artist Li Xiangqun won the commission to build the ...

How a Small Group of Negotiators in Benin Got China to Play Ball

Chinese loan contracts to African countries are increasingly controversial, raising questions as to how African negotiators can get better deals. One of the world’s foremost experts on Africa-China negotiations, Folashade Soule, recently published a report highlighting how a group of negotiators in Benin bargained with Chinese bodies ...
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