China and Somalia’s intention to jointly promote infrastructure: Could be used by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army

China 05/10/22, 00:24

The Australian, on May 9, reported the latest China-Solomon draft Memorandum of Understanding Deepening Blue Economy Cooperation (pdf). The document stated that the two countries intend to start several joint investment projects, including constructing a port. The draft states that China and Somalia intend to launch several [quote] "cooperative investment projects, including ...

Adviser says China deal raises fear of democracy erosion in Solomon

China 04/29/22, 23:47

A security pact with China would help Solomon Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare stay in power. And it would also erode the island’s democracy. As reported by The Guardian on Thursday, Celsus Irokwato Talifilu, a key adviser to the Premier of Malaita province, made such a statement as he accompanied the premier ...

Solomon Islands tells Japan it will not allow China to build military bases

China 04/26/22, 23:43

According to Reuters, Solomon Islands' Prime Minister has just told a visiting Japanese delegation on Tuesday, April 26, that China would not be allowed to build military bases on the island. Vice Foreign Minister Kentaro Uesugi is leading the Japan delegation on the three-day trip to the Solomon Islands, starting from ...

Chinese envoy travels to Zambia as country faces debt crisis

China 04/22/22, 03:27

According to the South China Morning Post, Du Xiaohui, China's 16th ambassador to Zambia, arrived on April 17, when the East African nation faced a debt crisis. Zambia is awaiting a decision from private lenders and the world's 20 wealthiest nations on its application for debt relief under the G20's common ...

Australia says Solomons-China pact’s ‘lack of transparency’

Australia & Oceania 04/18/22, 01:08

In a local television interview on Sunday, April 17, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said that there are concerns about a 'lack of transparency' in the controversial proposed security pact between the Solomon Islands and China. According to Bloomberg, Payne said that the concern is "something that should be discussed in ...

83-year-old American nun kidnapped by terrorists in Burkina Faso

World 04/07/22, 08:16

Last Monday, April 4, as a result of a night raid that took place in Burkina Faso, a West African country, an 83-year-old nun was kidnapped by armed men. The news was confirmed this Tuesday by Bishop Théophile Naré of the town of Kaya. Sister Suellen Tennyson of the Congregation of Marianite Sisters ...

Experts comment on leaked treaty between China and Solomon

China 04/02/22, 01:16

Pacific island country Solomon Islands and the Chinese government have sealed a treaty that has aroused international attention. Some experts made comments about the treaty leaked to social media on March 24. The draft of the treaty stated that "Solomon Islands may, according to its own needs, request China to send ...

‘Insulting’: Solomon Islands’ PM brushes off criticism of China security deal

China 04/01/22, 01:11

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, on Tuesday, March 29, dismissed so-called "insulting" concerns from Australia and New Zealand about the leaked draft agreement between the Solomon Islands and China. According to The Guardian, in his first comments to parliament on the proposed treaty, Prime Minister Sogavare said, "We find it ...

Chinese state-own firm lost control of cobalt mine in Congo

Insights 03/04/22, 20:58

A court in the Democratic Republic of Congo appointed a temporary administrator to take over China Molybdenum's Tenke Fungurume mine, or TFM, on Monday, March 1, according to Reuters. China Molybdenum or China Moly holds an 80% stake, and state miner Gecamines holds a 20% stake in TFM. The New York Times ...

Sri Lanka’s potential default, incurring China’s ‘debt trap’

Economy 03/04/22, 12:12

In January 2021, Russia and Ukraine accounted for more than a quarter of Sri Lanka's tourism source markets. Russia was also the second-largest buyer of Sri Lanka's tea in January. Both countries had increasingly become an essential source of foreign currency for Sri Lanka. However, under frozen tourism and blocked ...