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Building a Shared Future for All Life Along the Belt and Road Initiative

By Rebecca Ray This Sunday, May 22, marks International Day for Biological Diversity, and this year the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has chosen a theme of “building a shared future for all life.” China’s role ...

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 ...

State of the BRI and the Messy Politics of a “Just Climate Transition”

China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is undergoing some dramatic changes as Beijing pulls back on the massive loans that once defined it as the government is now forced to channel more funds domestically to bolster the country's slowing economy.

Chinese Embassy in Nigeria Suddenly Discovers the Environmental Impact of Chinese Illegal Mining

The Chinese embassy in Nigeria has hurriedly expressed support for calls to clean up the Osun River, which feeds into the densely inhabited Lagos lagoon, following months of reporting that Chinese mining companies are partly responsible for polluting the waterway with ...

Floods Shut Down Port of Durban, Posing Major Threat to China-Africa Trade

The devastating floods and landslides that have ravaged South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province all week are now impacting key arteries in the global supply chain and threatening one of China's most vital trade hubs in Africa. South ...

Illegal Fishing, Human Rights Abuses Rampant Aboard China’s Distant Fishing Trawlers in SE Asia and Africa, Says NGO

There are new allegations of widespread environmental abuses and human rights violations committed by crews aboard China's distant water fishing fleet operating in Southeast Asia and West Africa in particular. A new report by the UK-based NGO ...

Experts React to China’s New Green BRI Guidelines

The Chinese government is trying to make the Belt and Road Initiative greener, with a new set of guidelines for overseas projects released last week by the powerful National Development and Reform Commission. But how will these new guidelines affect Chinese infrastructure projects around the ...

China’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe Claps Back at Civil Society Campaign

Zimbabwe’s state-owned Sunday Mail this week published a fawning interview with the Chinese ambassador Guo Shaochun, about the current fight between Chinese companies (aligned with the embassy and Zimbabwe’s ZANU-PF government) and a consortium of civil society organizations, about the environmental and social impacts ...

Now You Can Read the Chinese Business Association in Zimbabwe’s Plan in English on How to Resolve Feud With Civil Society Groups

The Chamber of Chinese Enterprises in Zimbabwe published an English-language version of its 9-point plan on how to resolve the months-long dispute with civil society groups over reports of widespread labor and environmental violations. And just as the Chinese embassy in ...

The Largest Chinese Business Association in Zimbabwe Looks For a Way Out of the Current Stand-off With Civil Society Groups

The largest Chinese business association in Zimbabwe that's been at the center of a bitter dispute with a coalition of 27 civil society groups published a lengthy proposal this week that listed a detailed set of recommendations for how its members can bring an end to the ...

The Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe Rallies to Defend Chinese Businesses in Worsening Stand-off With Civil Society Groups

The Chinese embassy in Harare stepped up on Monday to defend Chinese businesses, mostly in the mining sector, against accusations of environmental and social abuse made by a coalition of 27 civil society organizations (CSOs).

Heated Confrontation Between Chinese Businesses and Civil Society Groups Intensifies in Zimbabwe

A simmering conflict between a coalition of 27 civil society groups in Zimbabwe and Chinese enterprises, mostly mining companies, boiled over late last week when organizations representing both sides published scathing statements about each other. The primary complaint by the civil ...
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