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Uganda Cancels Chinese Rail Deal After 8-Year Financing Lag

The government of Uganda announced that it canceled a 2015 contract with China Harbor Engineering Co. (CHEC) to build a rail line linking the capital of Kampala and the Kenyan border. This follows an eight-year lag as the contractor failed to get Chinese policy bank ...

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor 2.0 — A New Risk Management Strategy

By Saniya Kulkarni With all eyes on Beijing’s response to the ongoing protests in China, it appears Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is making headway in mitigating growing unrest in the southwestern province of Balochistan. The resource-rich region is home to ...

Ethiopia Shows Off New Chinese and Turkish Drones 

The Ethiopian military showed off what appear to be two newly-acquired attack drones, a Turkish Bayraktar TB2 and a Chinese-manufactured Wing Loong 1. The two drones were spotted in state television coverage of a ...

The China-Mediterranean Observer: Assessing the Impact of the Chinese Defense Minister’s Recent Visit to Iran

We start this issue of the ChinaMed Observer reporting on the visit to Iran made by the Chinese Minister of Defence, Wei Fenghe. During the visit on April 27th Wei met with several high-ranking Iranian officials, including President Seyed Ebrahim Raisi, Minister of Defense General Mohammad-Reza Gharayi ...

Japan and Turkey Targeting China in Africa

Containing China’s influence in Africa isn’t only a Western preoccupation. Two key non-Western partners to the continent are increasingly framing their engagement in similar terms. Japan and Turkey are both reframing their Africa engagement to target Beijing’s power on the continent.  ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Top State Department Official Says China’s Debt Relief Offer to Sri Lanka is “Not Enough”

Another senior U.S. diplomat has accused China of not doing enough to resolve Sri Lanka’s debt renegotiation, a sign that the island’s financial crisis is increasingly being framed geopolitically.
U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland said: “What China has offered so far is not enough. We need to see credible and specific assurances that they will meet the IMF standard of debt relief.”

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Stadium Diplomacy in Africa is Fashionable Again

Early on in China's engagement in Africa, the Chinese were big on gifting sports stadiums to African governments as part of their soft power diplomatic outreach on the continent. Later, Chinese infrastructure development shifted focus to larger, more conventional projects like bridges, railroads and highways but now ...

An Update on Chinese Diplomacy in the Middle East With Jonathan Fulton

It's been a frenetic start of the year in Chinese diplomacy in the Middle East. Right after he returned from a five-nation tour of Indian Ocean states, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi hosted half a dozen foreign ministers from Persian Gulf ...

Three Down, Three to Go: Wang Yi Meets With Mideast Foreign Ministers and Representatives

Like a high-stakes version of speed dating, Persian Gulf foreign ministers and the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) met one after the other with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in the eastern city of Wuxi outside of Shanghai.  The ...

The China-Mediterranean Observer: Exploring the Ramifications of Iran’s Membership to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

We start this issue of the ChinaMed Observer with the new developments in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). On September 17, during the SCO Summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Iran’s permanent membership in the organization was finalized. Many Iranian politicians and experts have voiced enthusiastic opinions of ...

Erdogan Tours Africa Sounding a Lot Like a Chinese President

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday, the second leg of his three-nation, four-day tour of Africa. While the primary focus of his visit to Nigeria will be to foster closer commercial ties with Ankara's largest trading partner on the continent, the ...
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