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New Paper: The Role of China in the Middle East and North Africa. Beyond Economic Interests?

The European think tank network EuroMeSCo (the Euro-Mediterranean Study Commission) published one of the year's most extensive analyses of China's growing influence throughout the Middle East and North African regions with extensions into the Persian Gulf. The 109-page report ...

The U.S. will Find Persuading Africans to Abandon Huawei a Tough Sell

The UK's decision to remove Huawei equipment from its new 5G network marks a significant win for the United States, who's been lobbying governments for years to stop using the Chinese telecom company's gear.  The U.S. alleges, so far without evidence, ...

Morocco, Tunisia Vie to Become the “New China in Africa”

For years, European companies, like others, have been steadily moving their production from China to lower-cost, less complicated manufacturing hubs in Southeast Asia and other parts of the world. The massive disruption to global supply chains brought about due to the COVID-19 outbreak has only accelerated that ...

The China-Mediterranean Observer: Rising Alarm Across MENA About the Economic Impact of COVID-19

In February, the number of COVID-19 cases was still limited in the Mediterranean region. Hence, the media of the countries in the wider Mediterranean region mostly focused on the economic impact of the virus. Interestingly, some commentators in the Gulf, framed the appearance of the virus as ...

Even Before Coronavirus Makes it to Africa, The Economic Impact is Already Being Felt

The Novel Coronavirus has yet to make landfall in Africa, but it's already starting to cause real economic damage to a number of economies across the continent. Africa's commodity-exporting countries have become increasingly dependent on robust Chinese demand over the past 10-15 years and now that economic ...

China Creates $5 Billion Export Fund with Bank in Morocco

China's Exim Bank announced plans to team up with Morocco's Attijariwafa Bank to create a $5 billion fund to promote African exports to China and to establish new industrial zones on the continent, according to a report published by Reuters. The ...
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