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The China-Mediterranean Observer: How Will a New/Old Biden Mideast Policy Impact China’s Ambitions in the Region?

The killing of the Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the future of American foreign policy toward the Middle East under President Biden, and the tensions between France and the Muslim world are the three key topics of recent Chinese commentaries. The ...

The Case For Kenya’s Embattled Chinese-Financed Standard Gauge Railway

Critics of Kenya's multi-billion-dollar Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) definitely have the upper hand these days as the railway sinks deeper into debt. But George Sunguh, managing editor of African Ports Review, argued today in Business Daily that the skeptics are wrong.

Port Competition Along Africa’s East Coast Intensifies With China as a Central Player

After the Dubai-based ports operator DP World was effectively pushed out of Djibouti by China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPH), the Emiratis packed up and headed a few hundred kilometers down the coast to set up shop at the Port of Berbera in the self-declared ...

Letter to the Editor: Why China Will NOT Seize the Port of Mombasa if Kenya Defaults on SGR Debt

Hi Eric, Just caught this statement [in your September 28 column "China Faces a Critical Test": "And let’s not forget that, should Kenya Railways default on the Nairobi-to-Mombasa SGR loan, there's always the Port of Mombasa that serves as collateral"] ...

How COVID-19 is Messing Up Lucrative Africa-Asia Trade Routes

SABC Correspondent Richard Kimber reports from Hong Kong's main cargo terminal on how new quarantine regulations for container vessels is further slowing African trade with China, and Asia as a whole. ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Unpacking the Chinese Government’s New Development Vision

This weekend the Chinese government released a new white paper on development. It comes in unassuming guise – it’s basically a MS Word Doc with the workaday title of China’s International Development Cooperation in the New Era. But in its own way it’s eye-popping.If (like me) you have an irrational fetish for long lists of country names, this document is for you. The bulk of the white paper outlines the different kinds of ...

New Extra Large Ports and Cargo Ships Put Guinea Squarely in the Middle of the China-Australia Political Dispute

Ports in China's Shandong and Fujian provinces will soon open four new berths that will be able to accommodate the super-large bulk vessels known as "Chinamax." This new port capability combined with these massive bulk carriers is prompting some analysts to focus more attention on the vast ...

Neither a Pandemic nor Economic Crisis Appears to be Slowing China’s Infrastructure Building Spree in Africa

Regular readers will have noticed the almost daily announcements of Chinese infrastructure projects across Africa. While quantifying all these new contracts is a challenge, it does appear that China's state-run construction companies' African operations have been quite resilient during the COVID-19 outbreak and the subsequent economic crisis. ...

Professor: Who Needs “Debt Traps” When China Can Just Buy African Assets on the Cheap?

University of Notre Dame China scholar, Professor Joshua Eisenman, used this month's $221 million equity infusion by the state-owned China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) into the Lekki Deep Sea Port Project currently under construction at the Lagos Free Trade Zone as another point of evidence as to why ...

Did Tanzania’s President Really Cancel the Bagamoyo Port Deal with China? Probably Not.

There's widespread speculation circulating that Tanzanian President John Magufuli canceled the controversial $10 billion Bagamoyo port deal with China Merchants Holding International (CMHI). The story surfaced last week after the little-known website "Nairobi Mini Bloggers" website published a post ...

Eager to Resume Trade With China, Kenya Announces New Plan to Disinfect Imports

The Kenyan government announced new measures to ensure that imports from China and other countries will be disinfected to avoid infection from the COVID-19. Although scientists do not believe the virus can survive the duration and temperatures related to container shipping, the government's new strategy appears designed ...
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