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WEEK IN REVIEW: Chinese Debt and the Anti-Government Revolt in Kenya

Protestors in Kenya this week expressed fury against the government and the IMF but interestingly made no mention of China during an unprecedented uprising in Nairobi. It's notable because the Kenyan Treasury spends more money to service its Chinese loans than ...

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 ...

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 ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: India Signed a Ten-Year Contract to Run Chabahar Port in Iran

India signed a ten-year contract to run Chabahar port in Iran. The deal follows a 2016 refurbishment agreement and will be the first time an Indian entity runs an overseas port. Chabahar will give India access to nearby Afghanistan and the Gulf of Oman and is aimed at ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Chinese-Run Gold Mines in Niger Ordered Shut After Animals Die

Several gold mines in northern Niger managed by a Chinese company were ordered to temporarily close after dozens of animals died from drinking wastewater, local authorities told AFP on Sunday. Herders around the town of Tabelot had pointed to Sahara SARL's ...

With New Oil Deal, China Holds Steady in Niger While Western Powers Withdraw

Niger signed a $400 million MoU with Chinese state-owned oil giant China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) for the sale of crude oil from the country’s Agadem oilfield. Following the launch of a pipeline project in November backed by PetroChina, the publicly-listed arm ...

Sky High Ambitions? Military Aviation and Africa-China Relations

By Lukas Fiala Angolan President João Lourenço’s desire to have China build an air force base in Angola again highlights the issue of military cooperation between Africa and China. What are the drivers of China’s foray into African military aviation?
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