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The News Feed is a curated selection of the most important China-Africa news edited by CAP’s editors in Asia and Africa.

China Building More Wind, Solar Capacity Than Rest of World Combined: Report

Workers installing solar panels at the Ningxia Tengger Desert New Energy Base in Zhongwei, in China’s northern Ningxia region. STR/AFP
By Matthew Walsh China is building almost twice as much wind and solar energy capacity as every other country combined, research published Thursday showed.

Myanmar Ethnic Armed Group Claims Control of Town on Key Highway to China

Myanmar ethnic minority fighters said Wednesday they had seized a town along a key trade highway to China following days of clashes, in another blow to the military. Northern Shan state has been ...

Chinese-Built Dam Offers Hope in Kenya

The entrance to the Thwake Dam in Southern Kenya. The dam is Thwake dam is meant to provide a steady water supply boosting food security in this region. Photo / Njenga Hakeenah / CGSP

The building of the Thwake multipurpose dam began in 2018 and has nurtured hopes that food security will be achieved in the village.

The dam is designed to provide water for drinking, irrigation and 20 megawatts of hydropower. Despite delays, it looks likely to be completed this year, according to an engineer involved in the project.

Singapore State Investor Temasek Focuses on U.S. After China ‘Underperformance’

Jakub Porzycki / NurPhoto via AFP
Singapore state investor Temasek, one of the world’s top funds, said on Tuesday it would prioritize investments in the United States after the “underperformance” of Chinese capital markets over the past year. Temasek ...

China’s BYD Signs Deal to Open Electric Car Plant in Turkey

China’s electric vehicle giant BYD on Monday signed a one-billion-dollar agreement with Turkey to open a plant in the country in a move that would help it dodge new EU tariffs. The signing ...

Xi Calls on World Powers to Help Russia, Ukraine ‘Resume Direct Dialogue’

A man watches a large screen showing news coverage of China's President Xi Jinping meeting Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Beijing on July 8, 2024. Pedro Pardo / AFP
By James Edgar Chinese President Xi Jinping told Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Monday that world powers should help Russia and Ukraine re-start direct negotiations during a visit to Beijing branded a ...

Philippines and Japan Sign Key Defense Pact

Japan's Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa (centre L) shakes hands with her Philippines counterpart Enrique Manalo (centre R), while Philippines Secretary of Defence Gilberto Teodoro (R) and Japan's Defence Minister Minoru Kihara (L) look on, after a joint press conference in Manila on July 8, 2024. Ted ALJIBE / AFP
The Philippines and Japan signed a key defense pact on Monday that will allow the deployment of troops on each other’s territory as they boost ties in the face of China’s growing assertiveness. ...

El Niño Triggers Food Crisis in Southern Africa

Farmers check the growth of maize in drought-hit fields in Macheke, Mashonaland East Province, Zimbabwe in this March 10, 2019 photo. A severe drought has currently decimated crops leaving many people at risk of hunger. Photo / Shaun Jusa / Alamy

The brutal drought has been brought on primarily by El Niño. This natural, recurring weather phenomenon raises surface temperatures across parts of the Pacific Ocean. These warmer patches impact weather patterns globally, including by lowering rain levels in Southern Africa.

Top Myanmar General in China for Official Visit: Junta

File image of Chairman of the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) Yawd Serk (L) and Myanmar's Military Vice Senior General Soe Win. AFP / Thet Aung
The Myanmar junta’s second-in-command arrived in China on Saturday for an official visit, the junta’s information team said, as clashes with ethnic minority fighters raged in the north of the country despite a ...

China’s Xi Congratulates Iran’s Pezeshkian on Election Win

An Iranian man reads the news on his cellphone with an image of winning presidential candidate Masoud Pezeshkian, as he waits for his train at a metro station in Tehran on July 6, 2024, the day after the nation held presidential elections. RAHEB HOMAVANDI / AFP
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday congratulated reformist Masoud Pezeshkian for his win in Iran’s presidential runoff election, state media reported. “I attach great importance to the development of China-Iran relations and am ...

Chinese “Simba” Dedicates Life to Wildlife Conservation in Kenya

Simba Qiang Zhuo inspecting a lion-proof boma at the Maasai Mara in Narok, Kenya. Photo / Simba Qiang Zhuo

To reduce wildlife-human conflict, Simba came up with “predator bomas” which are 20 square meter cages that protect livestock from lions, hyenas and other carnivores. The funds for these bomas are provided by Simba’s partners from around the world, including the Chinese community in Kenya.

With the cages, Simba added that they do not get many conflicts.

China’s Xi Pledges Support for Tajikistan ‘Territorial Integrity’

China's President Xi Jinping attends the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member states leaders' summit in Astana on July 4, 2024. Sergei SAVOSTYANOV / POOL / AFP
Chinese President Xi Jinping promised on Friday to defend the “territorial integrity” of Tajikistan as he announced a boost to diplomatic relations with the neighboring country on a rare visit. Xi arrived in the Tajik ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: South Africa introduced a 10% tariff on all imported solar panels, cells, and modules, most of which come from China.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Kazakstan and Tajikistan this week during a five-day tour that begins on Tuesday.  Xi will also attend a two-day leaders summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization that begins on ...

China Confirms Citizens Dead, Missing After DR Congo Attack

China confirmed Thursday that an armed attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) left several of its citizens dead or missing. Local sources told AFP on Wednesday that a militia attack on ...

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 ...

Philippines Hopes to Sign Key Defense Pact With Japan

Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Romeo Brawner speaks during a press conference after a command conference with Philippines' President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (not pictured) at the military headquarters in Manila on July 4, 2024. Ted ALJIBE / AFP
Pam Castro The Philippines’ military chief said Thursday he hoped a key defense pact with Japan allowing for the deployment of troops on each other’s territory would be signed at security talks next ...

China’s BYD Opens EV Plant in Thailand Despite Slowdown, Tariff Row

A BYD Sealion car by Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer BYD is seen at the Bangkok International Motor Show in Nonthaburi on March 27, 2024. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
By Damon Wake China’s electric vehicle giant BYD opened a factory in Thailand on Thursday, continuing its international expansion despite a market slowdown and hours before the European Union was due to impose ...

Putin and Xi Advance Anti-West Alliance at Central Asian Summit

Russia's President Vladimir Putin meets with China's President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member states leaders' summit in Astana on July 3, 2024. Pavel Volkov / POOL / AFP
The leaders of China and Russia on Thursday urged their allies and partners to resist malign external influence, advancing their shared anti-Western agenda at a regional summit in Central Asia. Russian President Vladimir ...

Putin, Xi Vie for Influence at Central Asian Summit

Russia's President Vladimir Putin meets with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member states leaders' summit in Astana on July 3, 2024. Sergei SAVOSTYANOV / POOL / AFP
The leaders of Russia and China were in Kazakhstan on Wednesday for a regional summit, seeking to harden anti-Western alliances and press their influence in the strategic Central Asian region. Russian President Vladimir ...

Beijing’s South China Sea Duel With the Philippines is a “Dress Rehearsal” for Taiwan, Says Former (and Possibly Future) Trump Aide

Former U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor Matt Pottinger proposed a much more forceful response to China's actions in the South China Sea during a lecture at The Heritage Foundation on July 2, 2024. Image via The Heritage Foundation.
Matt Pottinger, one of conservative Washington’s most outspoken China hawks, called for a much more forceful U.S. response to the ongoing territorial disputes between Beijing and Manila in the South China Sea.

China Builds New Presidential Palace in Pacific’s Vanuatu

The government of cash-strapped Vanuatu will soon settle into a suite of new buildings funded by China, a move likely to reignite concerns about Beijing’s reach in the South Pacific nation. At an ...

Sri Lanka to Save $5 Billion From Bilateral Debt Deal

A woman walks past posters pasted on a roadside wall saying 'good news' in Sinhala language, in Colombo on June 25, 2024. Ishara S.Kodikara / AFP
Sri Lanka will save $5 billion following the restructuring of its bilateral debt, much of which is owed to China, through slashed interest rates and longer repayment schedules, the president said Tuesday. The ...

China’s Xi Arrives in Kazakhstan for State Visit, Summit

Chinese President Xi Jinping was greeted by Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev when he arrived for a state visit on July 2, 2024. Image via the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
By James Edgar Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Kazakhstan on Tuesday for a state visit. During his visit, he will attend a meeting of Shanghai alliance nations in the Kazakh capital, Astana. The nine-member ...

China Prepares to Lead Expanded Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Graphic: People's Daily
Chinese President Xi Jinping is heading to Central Asia to attend the leaders’ summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, taking place on 3 and 4 July 2024, in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana. The trip will ...

China Suspected of Ramping up Spying Capacity in Cuba: Report

Four suspected locations in Cuba that China is using to spy on the United States, according to research by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Map via CSIS.
China appears to have ramped up its capacity for espionage in Cuba, potentially giving Beijing a window to sensitive military data from Florida, a US think tank said. The Center for Strategic and ...

U.S. Slaps Sanctions on Suspected Drug Cartel Money Launderers in China, Mexico

The U.S. Treasury Department on Monday imposed sanctions against three people in Mexico and China it accused of laundering money for the Sinaloa drug cartel. The sanctions targeted a Mexico-based man named Diego ...

Chinese, Philippines Coast Guard Squabble Over South China Sea Fishers’ Rescue

Video of a distressed Filipino fishing crew receiving assistance from both Chinese and Philippines Coast Guard vessels in the South China Sea.
A dispute broke out between the Chinese and Philippines Coast Guards on Saturday when a Filipino fishing craft issued a distress call after its engine exploded near the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the ...

China’s Xi to Visit Kazakhstan, Tajikistan July 2-6: Foreign Ministry

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 28, 2024. Greg Baker / AFP
The foreign ministry announced Sunday that Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend a leaders’ meeting and pay state visits to Kazakhstan and Tajikistan starting on Tuesday. Beijing has ramped up diplomatic efforts in ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Philippines Eyes China Talks After Violent Sea Clash

Philippines Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo told a Senate hearing on June 25, 2024 that Manila is looking to start a dialogue with Beijing over recent confrontations in the South China Sea. ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP
Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Vietnamese Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính in Beijing on Wednesday for talks that focused on infrastructure development. The Prime Minister is looking for more Chinese support to bolster Vietnam’s ...

Philippines, Japan to Hold Security Talks Next Month

A China Coast Guard ship (R) sailing past a Philippine fishing boat with volunteers from the civilian-led mission Atin Ito (This Is Ours) Coalition on board, in the disputed South China Sea on May 16, 2024. Ted ALJIBE / AFP
Japan and the Philippines are to hold high-level defence and security talks next month, the foreign department said Friday, as the two countries seek to boost ties in the face of China’s growing ...

Western Tariffs a ‘Challenge’ for China’s Battery Giant CATL

Jun Ni, Chief Manufacturing Officer for Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited (CATL) company, speaks during an AFP interview at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions (AMNC24) in Dalian, in China's northeastern Liaoning province, on June 27, 2024. Pedro Pardo / AFP
By Agatha Cantrill An executive from China’s battery giant CATL said on Thursday that Western tariffs tied to electric vehicles present a “challenge” for the firm and are bad for customers as well. Citing unfair ...
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