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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?

Chinese Flag Mysteriously Appears at Protest in Niger

Russian flags have become a regular sight among supporters of military juntas that have thrown governments across West Africa this year -- but never a Chinese flag, until now. A bright red five-star Chinese flag mysteriously appeared at a protest in ...

Coups in the Sahel: Where China, U.S., and EU Should Work Together

Niger's coup leaders have been unfazed by military threats and economic blockade of food and medicine by neighboring countries and have not returned to their barracks. The unfolding coup is the latest event in ongoing chaos across the Sahel. Sudan fights a civil war, jihadism menaces the ...

China Offers to Serve as Mediator in Niger

The Chinese ambassador to Niger, Jing Feng, met with the transition Prime Minister Ali Mahamane Lamine Zene on Monday and offered to serve as a mediator to help defuse the escalating political crisis in the West African country. “The Chinese government intends ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Joint Battlefield Training to Raise Pressure in South China Sea

The U.S. military will reportedly introduce joint combat training with the Philippines in June. Major General Marcus Evans, commander of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, told the Associated Press that the training would increase the Philippine army’s ability to fight in challenging jungle conditions.
The training will run from June 1 to 10. At Manila’s request, the training will be held in Philippine territory for the first time. It will involve about 2,000 people ...

Chinese Commentators Are Nervous About Russian and Western Influence in Niger

Until now, Chinese commentators have been largely quiet about the implications of the July 26 coup in Niger on Chinese interests in the West African country. Now, though, that's starting to change as anonymous political commentators are publishing some fascinating perspectives ...

Massive Russian Energy Buys Are Transforming China’s Global Trade

Russia is now China's largest single supplier of energy commodities in a shift that is also transforming Beijing's trade engagement in countries throughout the Global South. Whereas fifteen years ago, China sourced a third of its imported crude oil from African ...

China’s Low-Key Response to the Niger Coup

The Chinese government has been noticeably quiet in response to the turbulent events in Niger where President Mohamed Bazoum was deposed last month in a military coup. The Chinese Foreign Ministry has issued three pro-forma ...

China’s Foreign Ministry Signals Support for Niger’s Deposed President But Fails to Provide Any Specific Information

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs broke its silence regarding the recent coup in Niger. It issued a curt statement late last week that expressed support for deposed president Mohamed Bazoum but failed to provide any specific details about the status of key Chinese interests and personnel in ...

Backgrounder: How Does Niger’s Coup Affect China?

China says it is closely monitoring the situation in Niger following last week’s announcement that a military junta arrested the democratically elected President Mohamed Bazoum and established a military government. The coup potentially drives a wedge between Niger and Western powers, who ...
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