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China’s Decision To Hold on To Its Oil Assets in Sudan May Now Start To Pay Off

Sudan's oil industry is starting to rumble back to life, following this year's landmark peace agreement with rival South Sudan and a dramatic improvement in ties with the United States, which recently took Khartoum off its list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Chinese UN Peacekeeping in Africa

Last month, China released its first-ever white paper on its participation in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (PKOs) around the world. The lengthy document provided an overview of China's 30-year history in contributing to PKOs and featured some new insights on ...

New “Wolf Warrior”-Style Doc on China’s UN Peacekeeping Ops in South Sudan Opens in Theaters

Timed to coincide with the release of China's new white paper on peacekeeping, a slick new documentary opened in theaters on Friday that showcases Chinese troops taking part in the UN peacekeeping operation in South Sudan. Judging by 

Glimpses of Future China-Africa Engagement

For a while, I've been wondering about Chinese peacekeeping in Africa. Specifically, I was wondering where it went as a topic of discussion. A few years ago, every second China-Africa seminar seemed to focus on peacekeeping. Then attention moved to debt, and I assumed that Beijing was ...

Learning From South Sudan

We recently featured an article in our daily newsletter by South China Morning Post correspondent Jevans Nyabiage about the rapid decline of Africa's oil sales to China. In 2007, China bought about a third of its oil from African countries. Today, this share has shrunk to about ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Vaccine Crossroads

At present we’re in a moment of both hope and fear. The vaccines are finally rolling out, and with them, we’re seeing a glimmer of a post-COVID world. But is that only a mirage? The decisions that will decide that answer are being made now. A key one will be how to get a global rollout to happen faster. The longer it takes, and the more piecemeal it is, the more ...

The Political Ramifications of China’s Reduced Appetite for African Oil

News that two of China's largest oil companies, Sinopec and CNPC, are going to scale down their presence in South Sudan provides the latest evidence of China's waning appetite for African oil.  This isn't a new phenomenon. In fact, ...

Chinese Medical Team Arrives in South Sudan

Although Chinese officials and media don't showcase COVID-19 relief efforts in Africa that much anymore, especially compared to the hype these activities received a couple of months ago, medical teams and PPE donations continue apace across the continent. In Juba, the ...

A Slick New Documentary Goes Full “Wolf Warrior” to Showcase China’s Blue Helmets in South Sudan

A trailer dropped this weekend for "Blue Defensive Line" (蓝色防线), a new documentary about Chinese United Nations peacekeeping troops in South Sudan that will air on the CCTV6 movie channel. It's interesting that the producers featured a soundbite in the trailer ...

South Sudan Closes a Chinese-Built Highway Due to Poor Quality

South Sudan's Vice President of Infrastructure announced this week that construction of the 392km Juba-Rumbek highway to Uganda will be suspended due to quality concerns. Portions of the road were swept away during a heavy storm ...

Tweet of the Day: South Sudan is one of the Few Places Where Chinese and European Diplomats Actually Seem Like They Want to Work Together

EU Ambassador to South Sudan, Dr. Sinead Walsh, posted this image today on the EU in South Sudan Twitter feed that shows herself alongside EU Special Representative for the Horn of ...
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