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Unhappy With Continued Reliance on China for Critical Minerals, U.S. Senators Push Biden to Act

In a rare display of bipartisanship, a group of U.S. Senators this week sent letters to four cabinet members expressing their frustration over the administration's lack of progress in using funds allocated by Congress in the Energy Act of 2020 to ...

Chinese Contractors Complete Burundi’s First New Power Plant in 30 Years

Chinese engineers completed the first phase of the Hujibazi Hydropower Station in Burundi, the country's first new power generation facility in 30 years. This project was financed as an aid initiative and when fully operational later this summer it will generate 15,000 kilowatts of electricity. 

New U.S. Envoy to Ghana Comes With Considerable China and Energy Experience

The new U.S. ambassador-designate to Ghana, Virginia Palmer, is a veteran diplomat who comes to the job with a 36-year background in African affairs, energy policy and two early-career postings in China and Hong Kong. Prior to arriving in Accra last ...

New Guidelines Puts Green Development at the Heart of the BRI

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the most powerful state body overseeing economic planning, released a new set of guidelines on Monday that will shape the Belt and Road Initiative over the next decade. These guidelines put green development at ...

New Trends in Chinese Overseas Development Finance

In less than six years, China's financing of overseas energy projects in the Global South plunged from $35 billion to zero, according to new data released this week from Boston University's Global Development Policy Center. BU's findings mirror a broader pullback ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Q&A: Africa’s Role in China’s Global Military Expansion – Defense Expert Unpacks a Thorny Issue

The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral John Aquilino, on Tuesday added to the growing alarm in Washington DC defense circles about the global reach of China’s military. 

Speaking in front of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, Aquilino said China is building capacity to seize Taiwan, and: “The PRC also seeks to establish a network of overseas military installations that would extend its reach, allowing support for an increasingly ...

China, Europe and the Geopolitics of African Renewable Energy

Both China and the European Union have identified renewable energy as a key part of their engagement strategies with Africa. At FOCAC last year, the Chinese vowed to increase investment in solar, hydro, and other green technologies while the EU made ...

China’s Policy Banks Stopped All Funding For Overseas Energy Projects Last Year

The once seemingly endless flow of Chinese money to fund energy projects throughout the Global South reached a milestone in 2021 when it dropped to zero, according to new research from Boston University's Global Development Policy Center. A ...

Outlier or New Normal? Trends from the 2022 China’s Global Energy Finance Database Update

By Cecilia Han Springer 2021 saw persistent economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, narrowing borrowing capacities in developing countries, and a global trend towards phasing out coal. These factors converged in a shocking finding from the 2022 release of the China Global Energy Finance (CGEF) Database, managed ...

New Complaint Adds to Kenya’s Chinese Contractor Woes

A Chinese contractor has slapped the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco) with a bill for 1.1 billion Kenyan shillings ($9.6 million) in interest for delayed payments. The contractor, Nari-PCGE, complained to the Kenyan Parliament that it hadn’t been paid for its work on the 428-kilometer Loiyangalani-Suswa transmission line. ...

South Africa’s Limpopo Province Approves $10 Billion Chinese-Finance Coal Project… But There’s Just One Very Small Problem

South Africa's Limpopo Province gave the go-ahead last week for a $10 billion industrial project that includes a 4,600-megawatt coal power plant, a coking facility, and a steel plant. The approval is critical for the development of the controversial Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone. ...
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