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WEEK IN REVIEW: Three Chinese Warships Head to Gulf of Aden For Anti-Piracy Mission

Three Chinese warships left Guangdong on Saturday and are now making their way to the Gulf of Aden to take part in anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia. However, the key question is how long they'll stay. After 14 years, the Somali government now appears to have ...

Beijing’s “Wait and See” Approach in Kazakhstan

By Lukas Fiala and Hugo Jones, China Foresight LSE IDEAS Over the two weeks, we closely followed Kazakh people take to the streets to protest against increasing fuel prices after a government decision to lift a price cap. As the protests ...

Chinese, Nigerian Security Officials Meet to Discuss How to Better Protect Chinese Expats in the Country

High-level Chinese and Nigerian security officials met on Monday in Abuja to discuss how to reduce crime and violence against Chinese nationals residing in Nigeria. Yin Guohai from China's powerful Ministry of Public Security along with Ambassador Cui Jianchun held talks ...

Armed Chinese and Ugandan Commandos Conduct Rare Joint Operation

New details are emerging of a rare joint operation that took place last month between armed Chinese and Ugandan commandos. The operation led to the arrest of half of an eight-member criminal gang wanted by Chinese authorities. The late-night raid conducted ...

China’s Has Huge Ambitions for International Railway Development, Just Not So Much in Africa Anymore

It used to be that, when a Chinese Foreign Minister made the annual first overseas trip of the year to Africa, as Wang Yi is about to this week, financing railway development would be a top talking point at every stop. ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Big Chill

Over the last few years, we’ve seen increasing hand-wringing in Western capitals about how the money China is spending in the Global South translates into direct political influence. This week research was published that quantifies the issue.

A new report by Foreign Policy Research Institute tracked how increased Chinese spending (both loans and foreign direct investment) in African countries aligns with those countries’ voting in the United Nations General Assembly ...

Chinese Embassy in Sudan Activates Emergency Protocols, Orders Companies to Stop Work and Personnel to Take Shelter

The Chinese embassy in Khartoum on Monday activated its "safety emergency mechanism," a set of protocols that ordered all "Chinese-funded institutions" to suspend operations and for personnel to take cover in response to the escalating unrest in Sudan following yesterday's toppling of the civilian government.

Chinese Community in the DR Congo’s Mining Belt Report More Robberies and Break-In Attempts

Chinese residents and businesses in the southern Congolese mining city of Kolwezi report an increase in armed robberies and attempted break-ins.  It's not clear from the accounts on the Lualaba Chinese Chamber of Commerce WeChat channel if the assailants ...

China is Stepping Up Its Opposition to Proposed U.S. Sanctions Against Ethiopia

The Chinese government on Wednesday issued its most forceful denunciation to date against proposed U.S. sanctions on Ethiopia for the war in Tigray. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian said possible U.S. measures against Ethiopian officials involved in the conflict is a "wanton exertion ...

One Dead, Another Injured Following a Violent Gang Robbery of a Chinese-Owned Warehouse in Nairobi

The Chinese embassy in Nairobi is working with local law enforcement to determine who was responsible for a brutal gang robbery of a Chinese-owned warehouse in a Nairobi suburb. Two Chinese nationals were sleeping in the warehouse when the gang broke in last Friday, ...

China’s Improbable Resource Bonanza in Afghanistan

By Lukas Fiala and Hugo Jones, China Foresight LSE IDEAS Over the past week, the crisis in Afghanistan continued to push all else to the periphery. China and Russia abstained from a United Nations Security Council resolution requiring the Taliban ...
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