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U.S.-China Tech Competition in the Middle East

While U.S. President Joe Biden is stepping up his efforts to confront China's dominance in the Asia-Pacific, he might also want to pay attention to what's happening in the Middle East. Chinese influence in the ...

Huawei in North Africa: Lots of Good PR, Not a Lot of Tech Transfer

Huawei's success in Africa is undeniable. It's built large swathes of the continent's telecom network and is an indispensable player at almost every layer of the African technology stack. But when it comes to transferring skills and technology, the company's record ...

Egyptian Dairy Company Forced to Cancel Controversial TV Commercial Featuring Angry Chinese Boss

The Egyptian dairy company Green Land took down its new TV commercial this week for its spreadable cheese product that featured an angry Chinese boss berating his local employees for choosing to eat a snack rather than get back to work. The spot sparked immediate outrage in ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Emerging Market Currencies under Pressure due to Ongoing Lockdowns in China

Emerging market currencies and stocks are under mounting pressure this week due to the ongoing lockdowns in China.  The South African rand fell again on Tuesday as investors are worried about the impact that a slowing Chinese economy will have on the demand for African raw materials. Those concerns ...

New Data Reveals COVID’s Impact on Chinese Engagement in MENA and Horn of Africa

By Leonardo Bruni The ChinaMed Project's newly-updated China-Medittereanean dataset provides the first insights into the impact that COVID has had on Chinese engagement in the Middle East & North Africa as well as the Horn of Africa regions. The ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The G7’s New Infrastructure Initiative Could Strengthen China’s Global South Game: Experts

The G7’s new Partnership for Global Infrastructure Investment (PGII), a $600 billion plan to build infrastructure across the Global South and counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), could have the effect of improving how Chinese companies do business and could end up improving the BRI itself, according to development experts. 

Some acknowledged that the BRI has been controversial for its environmental and debt impacts. But they also pointed out ...

China’s Mideast Special Envoy Meets With Arab League Secretary-General

While China's Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Xue Bing, is on a tour of regional capitals, Beijing's other Special Envoy, Zhai Jun, is doing the same in the Middle East. Zhai (second to the right) ...

Could China’s Grain Hoard Become a Geopolitical Tool?

Russia’s war on Ukraine is increasingly being hitting African food security, and raising political tensions in the process. For example, Egypt is the world’s largest importer of wheat and gets half of its supply from Russia and Ukraine. This is also true for Kenya, which imports 30% of ...

How Will Ukraine Affect China’s Global Role? Arab Columnists Weigh In

The conflict in Ukraine is causing a flurry of analysis in the Arabic-language media, and a lot of this writing also focuses on how the conflict is affecting China’s global role. One of the dominant themes is that the Ukraine crisis ...

Is China’s One-Billion Vaccine Goal Realistic?

During his press conference at the Two Sessions on Monday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi recommitted China to deliver one billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa. While he didn’t specify a timeline, he did link it to Africa’s effort to vaccinate 60% of its population by ...

New Asia-Africa Chinese Undersea Cable Threatens Pax Americana: Report

China’s provision of undersea internet cables to Africa and the Middle East poses a security threat to the United States, according to a new report from the Middle East Institute (MEI), a  prominent Washington DC-based think tank. The report, ...
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