WEEK IN REVIEW: Sino-Australian Joint Venture to Develop Africa’s Largest Mine in Guinea Edges Closer
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by Eric Olander
2d ago
The Sino-Australian joint venture to develop Africa’s largest mine in Guinea edged closer to reality on Wednesday when Rio Tinto’s board approved $6.2 billion for the project. Next, a consortium of Chinese partners must get their boards to do the same to build the mine, rail, and port developments needed for the $20 billion venture. (FINANCIAL TIMES) The U.S. House of Representatives reaffirmed its support of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, aka the “Quad,” that’s intended to counter China’s growing influence in the Asia-Pacific region. The House on Friday passed a bil ..read more
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China Seeks Global South Support for New Governance System as Beijing Undermines Current Rules Based Order, Says U.S. Official
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by Eric Olander
3d ago
China is freeloading off the current rules-based international order while at the same time undermining the system to suit its agenda to implement an alternate global governance architecture, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday. Daniel Kritenbrink, Washington’s top diplomat for East Asian and Pacific affairs, laid out the U.S. case against what it feels is China’s malign behavior during a keynote address at the start of a two-day conference on China-Global South relations at The Atlantic Council, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. Get a daily email packed with the latest China-Afri ..read more
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India, China Border Talks End With a Positive Vibe But No Substantive Outcomes
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by Eric Olander
3d ago
Indian and Chinese military commanders wrapped up their 21st round of talks aimed at resolving escalating tensions along their disputed 3,200-kilometer border. The corps commander-level talks were held this week at the Chusual-Moldo meeting point in a region known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC)  along the border between northwest India and Tibet. Get a daily email packed with the latest China-Africa news and analysis. Read exclusive insights on the key trends shaping China-Africa relations. Full access to the News Feed that provides daily updates on Chinese engage ..read more
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Indian Military to Open New Facilities at Sea and in the Mountains to Counter China
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by Eric Olander
3d ago
The Indian military announced it will build a new naval facility in the Indian Ocean and restructure part of its deployment near the Himalayas near the border with China, both with an eye to counter Beijing’s increased assertiveness in those theaters. The new navy base, INS Jatayu, will open soon in Lakshadweep, a series of small atolls over the southwestern coast near Kerala and will be used to make up for some of the losses that India suffered in the Maldives, where it was forced to remove its troops on the order of the country’s new president. Get a daily email packed wi ..read more
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China Issues New Warning to the Philippines That It Will “Pay a High Price for Its Brinksmanship in the South China Sea”
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by Eric Olander
4d ago
Chinese Communist Party and state-run media outlets reacted angrily on Tuesday to joint U.S.-Philippines air patrols that took place the previous day over disputed territories in the South China Sea. The official China Daily newspaper, which often serves as a mouthpiece for the government, issued a stern warning to Manila that these kinds of activities with the United States risk escalating into actual conflict: Get a daily email packed with the latest China-Africa news and analysis. Read exclusive insights on the key trends shaping China-Africa relations. Full access to the New ..read more
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Ghana’s VP Introduced a New Transit Pass This Week That Isn’t Secure and Sends All of the Data to China
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by Eric Olander
4d ago
Ghanaian Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia launched a new digital transit pass in Accra on Monday that allows passengers to use a plastic card or their mobile phones to ride city buses. The “Tap and Go” service was designed to improve efficiency and reduce corruption in the transit system, but within 24 hours after it debuted, a major was discovered that is prompting a lot of users to reconsider whether they’re going to use the new pass. Get a daily email packed with the latest China-Africa news and analysis. Read exclusive insights on the key trends shaping China-Africa rela ..read more
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Ghana Installs 1,010 Rural Telephony Sites as Part of China-Backed Project
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by Eric Olander
4d ago
The Ghanaian government is at the halfway point to build out 2,016 telephony sites that will deliver new voice and data services to millions of rural residents. Communications Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said 618 of the new towers are fully operational, with the remaining on schedule to be functional within the next several years as part of the Ghana Rural Telephony and Digital Inclusion Project. Get a daily email packed with the latest China-Africa news and analysis. Read exclusive insights on the key trends shaping China-Africa relations. Full access to the News Fee ..read more
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Kenya’s Public Debt Shot Up Last Year, But Not Because of China
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by Eric Olander
4d ago
Kenya’s total public debt surged by more than $13 billion last year to a record $77 billion, largely due to a massive fall in the value of the shilling. The shilling shed 27% of its value against the dollar in 2023, making it much more expensive for the country to service the billions in dollar-denominated loans that it owes to multilateral lenders, bondholders, and, of course China, which accounts for 73% of Kenya’s bilateral debt. Get a daily email packed with the latest China-Africa news and analysis. Read exclusive insights on the key trends shaping China-Africa relations. Full a ..read more
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The Global South is Entering a New Era Led by China, Not the West: Chinese Scholar
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by Barry van Wyk
5d ago
The decline of the U.S. and the West is a foregone conclusion, as is the rise of the Global South, led by China, and these trends are going to take precipitous strides this year. This view is outlined in a new paper by a Chinese academic and likely indicates how some high officials in the Chinese government see the world.     Li Weijian is a researcher at the Institute for Foreign Policy Studies at the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, a think tank accredited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). Li has just published an article, “New Circumstances in the ..read more
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China Removed Barrier Blocking Entrance to Contested Shoal in South China Sea, Says Philippine Coast Guard
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by Eric Olander
5d ago
The China Coast Guard removed a controversial barrier that blocked the entrance to the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. The barrier was reportedly placed there sometime in late December, and according to Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) satellite images, the obstruction was no longer visible as of last Thursday. Get a daily email packed with the latest China-Africa news and analysis. Read exclusive insights on the key trends shaping China-Africa relations. Full access to the News Feed that provides daily updates on Chinese engagement in Africa and throughout t ..read more
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