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Biden Fetes Kenyan Leader as Africa Competition Grows

US President Joe Biden and Kenya's President William Ruto take part in an event with CEOs and business leaders in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on May 22, 2024. Mandel NGAN / AFP
By Aurelia End and Shaun Tandon Kenyan President William Ruto opened the first state visit to Washington by an African leader in more than 15 years on Wednesday, as President Joe Biden seeks to counter ...

Chinese Embassy in Kenya Hosts Unusual Event About Taiwan

Chinese ambassador to Kenya Zhou Pingjian hosted a forum in Nairobi on May 20, 2024 that reaffirmed Beijing's stance on Taiwan. Image via @ChineseEmbKenya.
The Chinese embassy in Kenya hosted an unusual forum on Monday that focused on Beijing’s already well-known position regarding the status of Taiwan. Ambassador Zhou Pingjian apparently wanted to make it very clear to ...

Kenya’s Chinese Debt to be on the Agenda When Ruto Arrives in Washington

Kenyan President William Ruto addressed a forum of corporate leaders in Atlanta, Georgia on his first stop of a U.S. tour. Image via @WilliamsRuto.
Kenyan President William Ruto will arrive in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, the midway point of a four-day visit to the United States that will include talks with President Joe Biden. U.S. officials said ...

Saudi Finance Minister in Beijing Wraps Hectic Two Days of High Level Talks

Saudi Arabian Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan met with his Chinese counterpart Lan Fo'an during a visit to Beijing this week. Image via Xinhua.
Saudi Arabia’s Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan concluded a two-day visit to Beijing on Tuesday that included high-level talks with his counterpart Lan Fo’an and Vice Premier He Lifeng, China’s point man on relations with ...

China Says Hopes ICC Will Be ‘Objective’ After Warrants Sought for Israel, Hamas Leaders

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin speaking at the regular press briefing in Beijing. Ichiro Ohara / Yomiuri / The Yomiuri Shimbun via AFP
China said Tuesday it hoped the International Criminal Court would uphold an “objective” position after a prosecutor requested arrest warrants for leaders from Israel, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Islamist movement ...

Chinese Contractor Completes Construction of New Nigerian Transportation University

Liu Weimin, chairm of the Chinese contractor CCECC that built a new transportation university in northern Nigeria speaking at the handover ceremony in Abuja on May 17, 2024. Image via Xinhua.
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China ‘Deeply Concerned’ Over Iran President’s Helicopter Accident

Rescuers gather before heading towards the crash site of a helicopter in the convoy of Iran's President in the Jolfa region of the western province of East Azerbaijan. AZIN HAGHIGHI / MojNews / AFP
China said on Monday it was “deeply concerned” after Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s helicopter went missing in what Tehran’s state media described as an accident and pledged to help the rescue operation. Contact ...

Two Chinese Warships in Cambodia for Military Drills

A Cambodian Military Police official stands guards near Chinese training ship Qijiguang docked during a welcome ceremony at the Sihanoukville port in Preah Sihanouk province on May 19, 2024. AFP
Two Chinese warships docked in Cambodia on Sunday as part of the biggest-ever joint military drills with the Southeast Asian nation. Beijing’s ambassador hails their “ironclad” friendship. Cambodia has long been a staunch ...

Marcos Says Philippines Will ‘Vigorously Defend What Is Ours’

Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. Ted ALJIBE / AFP
The Philippines will “vigorously defend what is ours,” President Ferdinand Marcos said on Saturday, as Manila’s maritime row with Beijing over the South China Sea escalates. Marcos told a Philippine Military Academy graduation ...

Philippines Replaces Its Military Commander for Disputed Waters

File image of Chief of Philippine military's Western Command Vice Admiral Alberto Carlos (L) speaks to the media beside Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Romeo Brawner Jr. during a press briefing at Western Command in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. ELOISA LOPEZ / POOL / AFP
The Philippine military said Saturday it has replaced a key commander overseeing forces in the South China Sea, including Filipino troops garrisoned on a disputed reef. Rear Admiral Alfonso Torres Jr will replace Vice Admiral ...

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

Graphic by China-Global South Project.
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 ...

UPDATE: Paraguay, Pacific Island Leaders to Attend Taiwan Inauguration

Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP
Eight heads of state will be among the 51 international delegations attending the inauguration of Taiwan’s new leader next week, Taipei said Friday. Incoming president Lai Ching-te will be sworn in on Monday ...

Philippines to Buy 5 Japanese-Made Coast Guard Ships in $400 Million Deal

The Philippines has agreed to buy five coast guard patrol ships from Japan in a deal worth more than 400 million USD, Manila said on May 17, 2024, as the Southeast Asian country faces growing Chinese pressure in the South China Sea. Ted ALJIBE / AFP
The Philippines has agreed to buy five coast guard patrol ships from Japan in a deal worth more than $400 million, Manila said Friday, as the Southeast Asian country faces growing Chinese pressure ...

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Zimbabwe Agreement Could Signal China’s Return to African Rail

TransTech, a subsidiary of China Railway Group, reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) that could lead to a recapitalization of the country’s railway network.
Bloomberg reports that the agreement is currently limited to studying the project and producing a feasibility report by the end of June. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said: “It is our expectation that in the upcoming Forum for China and Africa taking place ...

Paraguay Leader to Attend Taiwan Inauguration

Paraguayan President Santiago Peña speaks during a meeting with his Chilean counterpart Gabriel Boric (out of frame) at La Moneda Presidential Palace in Santiago on November 7, 2023. Javier TORRES / AFP
Paraguay’s President Santiago Pena will attend the inauguration of Taiwan’s new leader, a high-ranking government official said Thursday. This makes him the first head of state to confirm his presence at the ceremony. The ...

UPDATE: Philippine Civilian Boat Convoy Won’t Proceed to China-Held Reef

A China Coast Guard ship monitors Philippine fishermen aboard their wooden boats during the distribution of fuel and food to fishers by the civilian-led mission Atin Ito (This Is Ours) Coalition, in the disputed South China Sea on May 16, 2024. Ted ALJIBE / AFP
A Philippine boat convoy bearing supplies for Filipino fishers said it was headed back to port Thursday. It had ditched plans to sail to a Beijing-held reef off the Southeast Asian country after one of ...

Philippine Boat Convoy Won’t Proceed to China-Held Reef: Organizers

Philippine fishermen along with volunteers from a civilian-led mission Atin Ito (It’s Ours) Coalition arrive at a meeting point as seen from the bow of Philippine coast guard ship BRP Bagacay, in South China Sea on May 15, 2024. Ted ALJIBE / AFP
A convoy of boats carrying Philippine civilians bearing supplies for Filipino fishers has abandoned plans to sail closer to a China-held reef off the Southeast Asian country, organizers said Thursday. The convoy set ...

Benin Allows Niger to Export Crude, Overcoming a Dispute

Graphic by China-Global South Project.
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 ...

Developing Countries That Export Critical Resources Could be Collateral Damage in the U.S.-China Trade War

List of Chinese products that are now subject to increased U.S. tariffs. Data via the U.S. Trade Representative
The $18 billion of Chinese products targeted by the U.S. for increased tariffs will not have a measurable impact on a trade relationship worth more than $600 billion annually. But that’s not the ...

Senior U.S. Diplomat Accuses Chinese Company of “Predatory” Tactics to Depress Cobalt Prices

File image of a cobalt processing facility in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. SAMIR TOUNSI / AFP
The top U.S. diplomat for energy and the environment, Jose Fernandez, accused Chinese mining giant CMOC of using “predatory” practices to intentionally flood the market with cobalt to suppress prices: “What we’re seeing now, ...

Philippine Civilian Convoy Sails Towards Disputed Reef

Philippine fishermen along with volunteers from a civilian-led mission Atin Ito (It’s Ours) Coalition aboard fishing boats arrive at a meeting point in South China Sea on May 15, 2024. Ted ALJIBE / AFP
By Faith Brown Civilians on board Philippine fishing boats sailed Wednesday towards a China-controlled reef off the Southeast Asian country, handing out aid to Filipino fishermen and dropping buoys to assert their rights ...

Maldives Gets IMF Debt Warning as More Chinese Loans Loom

File image of Maldives' President Mohamed Muizzu. Mohamed Afrah / AFP
The International Monetary Fund warned the Maldives against looming “debt distress” Monday, as the small but strategically placed luxury tourist destination looks set to borrow more from main creditor China. Since winning office ...

China, Cambodia to Hold Joint Military Exercises

File image of Cambodian navy personnel walk on a jetty in Ream naval base in Preah Sihanouk province. AFP / TANG CHHIN Sothy
Cambodia and China will hold joint annual military drills from Thursday, an official said, amid US concerns that Beijing could use a Cambodian naval base to expand its influence in the region. A ...

Chinese Firms Win Most Bids to Explore Iraq Oil and Gas

Iraq's Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani speaks during the launch of the fifth and sixth licensing rounds for 29 oil and gas fields, at the Oil Ministry headquarters in Baghdad on May 11, 2024. Murtadha RIDHA / AFP
Chinese energy companies won bids to explore 10 Iraqi oil and gas fields during new licensing rounds, ahead of any other foreign country, Iraq’s oil ministry said Monday. Seven Chinese companies, including Sinopec, ...

Chinese Oil Shipments Caught in the Middle of Niger-Benin Trade Feud

Graphic by China-Global South Project.
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 ...

New Chinese Ambassadors Arrive in Key Posts Amid Major Personnel Changes

China's ambassador-designate to India, Xu Feihong, arrived in New Delhi to take up his new role that has been vacant for almost a year and a half. Image via the Chinese embassy in New Delhi.
Xu Feihong, the newly-named Chinese envoy to India, arrived in New Delhi on Friday, where he will take up a post that’s been empty for almost a year and a half.  It may ...

Philippines Defense Chief Says Military Must Evolve Fast

Philippine Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro talks during the closing ceremony of US-Philippines Balikatan joint military exercise at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, metro Manila on May 10, 2024. JAM STA ROSA / AFP
The Philippine military must evolve fast because of threats to a “free and open” Asia-Pacific region, Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro said Friday at the end of annual exercises with the United States. Teodoro, ...

China Says Envoy Held Talks on Ukraine War in Middle East

File image of China’s special envoy for Eurasian Affairs Li Hui. June 2, 2023. Jade Gao / AFP)
China’s Eurasia envoy has wrapped up a third round of shuttle diplomacy over the war in Ukraine, Beijing said Friday, as it seeks to position itself as a mediator in the conflict. China, ...
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