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$23 Billion of Deals Signed at China-Arab Trade Fair

Representatives from 60 countries attended this year's China-Arab Trade Expo in the northwest region of Ningxia. Images via Xinhua.
The China-Arab Trade Expo closed on Sunday in the northwestern region of Ningxia with $23.4 billion in deals signed. As is customary with these kinds of announcements, Chinese officials did not release any ...

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz Wants to Lead the Effort to Curtail China’s Growing Influence in Latin America

US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing to examine advancing next generation aviation technologies, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on March 29, 2023. Stefani Reynolds / AFP
U.S. anxieties about China’s increasingly influential presence in Latin America and the Caribbean will be a popular topic of discussion on Capitol Hill this week. Conservative Texas Senator Ted Cruz will introduce a ...

Chinese Contractor Pledges to Complete Nigerian Capital’s Light Rail in Eight Months

Jason Cheng (center), chairman of the Chinese contractor CCECC, assured Nigerian Vice President Kashim Shettima that the Abuja light rail will only take eight months to build. Image via @officialSKSM.
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U.S. Acknowledges It Can’t Cut China Out of the EV Battery Supply Chain

A Ford worker in the United States assembles a new electric powered F-150 Lightening pick-up truck that is powered by a bettery with that uses Chinese-processed minerals and metals. JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP
For much of the past year, since the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in 2022, U.S. officials have spoken at length about the urgent need to remove China from the critical ...

Vietnamese EV-Brand VinFast Hopes Possible EU Sanctions Against Chinese Electric Cars Will Give It an Opening

Vietnamese electric vehicle company Vinfast plans to ship its first batch of 3,000 VF8 crossovers to Europe later this year and the upstart EV brand may even get an assist from European Union ...

Blockbuster Movie Scares Chinese Tourists Away From Thailand

Movie poster for the hugely-popular Chinese movie "No More Bets" that was set in Thailand.
Chinese tourists landing in Bangkok on Monday were greeted with a heroes welcome, including Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, who went to the airport to personally welcome the first batch of visa-free visitors.

WEEK IN REVIEW: ASEAN Kicked off First-Ever Joint Naval Drills in South China Sea on Tuesday

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) kicked off its first-ever joint naval drills in the South China Sea on Tuesday near Indonesia’s Nantuna island. The five-day exercise comes at a sensitive time when ...

Nepal Walks a China-India-U.S. Tightrope as Prime Minister Heads to Beijing

File image of Nepal's Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal (L) meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping during a previous term in office in 2017. Image: Lintao Zhang / AFP
Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal (nicknamed “Prachanda”) arrives in China on Friday for the second overseas visit since he took office. His first, in June, was to India, and the choice of destinations ...

Climate Change Dilemma: How Can the Global South Get Rich from Their Own Minerals?

Local workers at the massive Chinese-owned Tenke Fungurume copper and cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Image: Emmet Livingstone / AFP
This week, the Democratic Republic of Congo convened its inaugural DRC-Africa Battery Metals Forum in Kinshasa. Under the theme “Creating Wealth for the DRC and Africa’s Battery Metals Industry Value Chain,” the event tackles ...

Kuwait’s Crown Prince Heads to China

File image of Kuwait's Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah who is looking to China to help develop the emirate's oil-dependent economy to more diversified post-carbon industries.
Kuwait’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah left for China on Wednesday for an official visit that will likely include a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (the Foreign Ministry has to confirm ...

BRI Isn’t Intended to Undermine the West, Says China’s EU Ambassador

China's Ambassador to the European Union, Fu Cong, acknowledged the Western criticisms of the BRI but said it was more important for Beijing to listen to the feedback from recipient countries instead. Image via Euractiv.
Fu Cong, the Chinese ambassador to the European Union in Brussels, challenged the widely-held perception in Brussels and other Western capitals that the Belt and Road Initiative aims to undermine U.S. and European ...

Republican Lawmakers in the U.S. Propose Yet Another Strategy to Challenge China’s Belt and Road Initiative

A trio of GOP representatives want the State Department to come up with a new strategy to counteract China's "debt trap diplomacy disguised as infrastructure development." Paul J. RICHARDS / AFP
Three Republican legislators in the United States feel enough isn’t being done to counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative and want the State Department to come up with yet another plan to blunt ...

Prominent Chinese Professor Explains Why the U.S., Not China is Actually to Blame for Global South Debt Distress

Tsinghua University professor Tang Xiaoyang makes is a leading architect of China's rebuttal against Western accusations that China engages in predatory lending to developing countries.
One of China’s foremost scholars on international debt says accusations that Beijing engages in predatory lending, or “debt trap diplomacy” do not align with the facts — and that it’s actually the U.S., ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Unpacking Han Zheng’s Messaging to the Global South at the UN General Assembly

China’s Vice President Han Zheng addressed the UN General Assembly on Thursday. Along with retreads of established Chinese positions on Taiwan, Ukraine, and the Israel/Palestine conflict, his comments also provided interesting clues about China’s messaging to the Global South.
First, he called on the international community to “follow the direction of a multipolar world” with the UN at its center. I wonder how opinion within Beijing’s inner circles breaks down around the bipolarity/multipolarity issue, considering ...

China’s Two-Pronged Auto Export Strategy: EVs to the North, Gas-Powered to the South

Analysts are forecasting Chinese automakers will ship 5 million vehicles this year, solidifying the country’s position as the world’s largest auto exporter. But there’s a stark discrepancy in terms of what kind of ...

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 ...

What Does Chinese Lending to Africa Look Like Now?

Source: Chinese Loans to Africa (CLA) Database, 2023. Boston University Global Development Policy Center.
China has been one of the most important development lenders to Africa over the last quarter of a century. This has transformed the African development landscape in helpful and problematic ways. It is ...

The Emerging Talking Points Restructuring the Africa-China Relationship

L-R: President of the Comoros Azali Assoumani, President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Senegalese President Macky Sall at the China-Africa Leaders' Roundtable Dialogue in Johannesburg in August. Image: Alet Pretorius / AFP
The last few weeks have been punctuated by both an alphabet soup of big summits (BRICS, ASEAN, G20) and much discussion of the optics of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s presence or absence from ...

G77 Gathering Reinforces the Talking Points of China’s Global South Diplomacy

Li Xi, Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (L) being greeted by Cuban President Manuel Diaz Canal at the G77 Plus China. Image: Yamil Lage / AFP
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South China Sea, Infrastructure Top Agenda in China-Malayasia PM Talks

Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim held bilateral talks with his Chinese counterpart Li Qiang on Sunday in Nanning, capital of south China's Guangxi autonomous region.
Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim met with his Chinese counterpart Li Qiang on Sunday on the sides of the 20th China-ASEAN Expo in the southern Chinese city of Nanning. The two PMs addressed ...

Hun Manet Meets With Xi on First Overseas Trip as Cambodian PM

Cambodia's newly-appointed Prime Minister Hun Manet made his first overseas trip to Beijing where he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday. Image via Xinhua.
Cambodia’s new prime minister, Hun Manet, promised even closer ties with China during a meeting with President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Friday. The newly-named Cambodian leader thanked Xi for China’s economic ...

Zambian President Returns Home From Week-Long Visit to China, No Updates on Debt Restructuring Deal

Chinese President Xi Jinping reviews an honor guard at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Friday during a welcome ceremony for Zambian President Haikinda Hichilema. Image via Xinhua.
Zambian President Haikinde Hichilema returned home this weekend from a week-long trip to China that appeared to be as much about sightseeing as it was about conducting substantive diplomacy. During the last stop of ...

Chinese Debt Servicing Costs Surge for Angola and Uganda

Debt servicing costs have been steadily rising across Africa, largely due to the falling value of local currencies that are used to repay dollar-denominated loans. But in Angola and Uganda, interest payments to ...

China’s Share of Nigeria’s Ballooning Debt Remains Steady at Around 4%

Chinese creditors account for just 4.1%, or $4.7 billion, of Nigeria’s $114 billion total public debt, according to the latest figures released by the Debt Management Office in Abuja. While China’s share is ...

Jaishankar: “India is the Only Country in the World Today Standing Eye-to-Eye Against China”

Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar responded to accusations that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is "fears" China. Image via India TV.
India’s top diplomat, S. Jaishankar, pushed back forcefully against accusations Prime Minister Narendra Modi “fears China” saying New Delhi is the only in the world today country that stands “eye-to-eye against China” with ...

Q&A: Financing a Renewables Shift in African Countries as China’s New “Small or Beautiful” Model Takes Root

Solar power projects like this plant in northern Kenya highlight China's new focus on smaller, more environmentally sustainable infrastructure development in Africa. Image via Xinhua.

If you look at the specific demands of many African countries, they are now more focused on production-related activities rather than fancy highways that lead to nowhere.

WEEK IN REVIEW: Chinese President Xi Jinping Will Not Attend This Week’s G77 Summit in Havana

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa bestowing the Order of South Arica on Xi Jinping during the recent BRICS summit - only his second foreign trip this year. Image: Phill Magakoe / AFP
Chinese President Xi Jinping will not attend this week’s G77 Summit in Havana, making this the third major international event in as many weeks that he’s avoided. Li Xi, head of the Chinese Communist Party’s powerful ...

43 Arrested in Protests Against Chinese Glass Factory in Indonesia

Presidents Joko Widodo of Indonesia (L) and Xi Jinping of China in 2022. Image: Achmad Ibrahim / AFP
Indonesian police arrested 43 people during large-scale protests against a Chinese-led glass and solar panel factory. The factory that’s being planned for Rempang, a small island close to the border with Singapore, would displace ...

Philippines Pushing for Permanent Structure on Second Thomas Shoal

A file image of BRP Sierra Madre, a stranded wreck from the Second World War, now at the heart tof a diplomatic dispute between China and the Philippines. Image: Ted Aljibe / AFP
The Philippine parliament is reportedly calling for funding to construct a permanent structure on the Second Thomas Shoal (known as the Ayungin Shoal in the Philippines and Ren’ai Jiao in China.) The atoll is ...
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