Belt and Road Initiative

China’s Belt and Road Reaches Central America

China’s state-run Global Times on Wednesday celebrated the inauguration of leftist dictator Daniel Ortega – beginning his fourth term as president of Nicaragua after a rigged election denounced by worldwide democracy activists and the Organization of American States – as a big victory for China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

A woman and children walk by a mural depicting Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega in Managua on January 10, 2122, day in which he starts his fourth term. (Photo by Oswaldo RIVAS / AFP) (Photo by OSWALDO RIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)

Sri Lanka Begs China for Off-Ramp from Belt and Road Debt Trap

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Sunday asked Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to restructure payments for the roughly $5 billion Sri Lanka borrowed from China to build wasteful and unproductive projects under China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Critics describe BRI as a form of colonialism, a “debt trap” set by imperialist China for Third World countries, and Sri Lanka often serves as Exhibit A for the prosecution.

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa addresses the 76th session of the UN General Assembly on September 22, 2021, in New York. (Photo by JOHN ANGELILLO / various sources / AFP)

China Buys Up Support in War-Torn Third World

The Chinese government is racking up favors from Third World leaders by intervening in conflict zones to offer economic support and security assistance, buying itself positions everywhere from Africa to the Middle East.

This photo taken 03 October, 2007 shows military officers saluting for a group photo beneath a display of national flags at a park in Beijing. China's ruling Communist Party's five-yearly gathering, it's 17th Party Congress, begins 15 October with President Hu Jintao expected to make bold power plays to cement …

Cuba Signs Belt and Road Energy Pact with China

The Cuban Communist Party joined the official “Energy Alliance” of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) this week – an extension of the Chinese global infrastructure program focused on developing energy infrastructure globally.

China's President Xi Jinping (centre R) attends a meeting with Cuba's First Vice President of the Council of State Miguel Diaz-Canel (centre L) at the Great Hall of the People on June 18, 2013. Diaz-Canel is on an official visit to China from June 17 to 19. AFP PHOTO / …

Analysts Say Zambia Concealed Half of its $6.6 Billion Debt to China

Analysts from the China Africa Research Initiative (CARI), a Johns Hopkins University project to study China’s political and economic influence among African nations, said on Tuesday the African nation of Zambia owes $6.6 billion to China – more than double the amount claimed by former President Edgar Lungu. 

Zambia's President Edgar Lungu (L) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping before their bilateral meeting at the Great Hall of the People on September 1, 2018. - Lungu is in China for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation which will be held in Beijing on September 3 and 4. (Photo …

Chinese Firms Prepare to Cash In on Afghanistan

China’s state-run Global Times on Tuesday reported Chinese corporations are excited by the business opportunities in Afghanistan, once the Taliban “stabilizes” its conquered land and eliminates the “uncertainty” holding China’s ambitions in check.

Taliban fighters take control of Afghan presidential palace after the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Zabi Karimi)

China Offers Taliban ‘Friendship and Cooperation’

China quickly offered “friendship and cooperation” to the Islamist extremists in official statements on Monday, contrary to the Biden administration’s frequent threats that the Taliban would become international pariahs if they seized control of Afghanistan by force.

China's special envoy to Afghanistan, Yue Xiaoying, left, arrives for talks to see how to restart Afghan-Taliban talks and halt the Taliban onslaught, in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. On Tuesday, Zalmay Khalilzad, a U.S. peace envoy brought a warning to the Taliban that any government that comes to …

Islamist Pakistan Defends China’s Muslim Genocide

The prime minister of Pakistan, Islamist former sports star Imran Khan, told Chinese reporters his country accepts China’s denials that the Communist Party is committing genocide against Muslim ethnic minorities, the Pakistan newspaper Dawn reported Thursday, despite overwhelming evidence to the country.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses during the inauguration ceremony of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. Pakistan's prime minister has inaugurated a visa-free initiative that allows Sikh pilgrims from India to visit one of their holiest shrines. Khan opened the border corridor on Saturday as …

State Media: China Not ‘Intimidated,’ Concerned About G7

China’s state-run Global Times on Monday heaped scorn upon the tepid statement by the Group of Seven (G7) nations against China’s human rights abuses and strategic aggression, judging it barely provocative enough to be insulting, but not forceful enough to disturb Beijing’s agenda.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C), poses for a family photograph with, from left, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson , Italy's Prime minister Mario …

Kenya Opens $3 Billion Chinese-Built Port

Kenya on Thursday opened a new port in the northern city of Lamu, financed with a $3 billion investment from the China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), an enterprise owned by the Chinese government.

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (3rd L) arrives for the inauguration of the first berth at new Lamu Port, in Lamu, Kenya, on May 20, 2021. (Photo by Dihoff MUKOTO / AFP) (Photo by DIHOFF MUKOTO/AFP via Getty Images)

China Prepares to Take Leading Role in Afghanistan

Chinese state media on Wednesday anticipated greater influence for Beijing in Afghanistan after U.S. and NATO withdrawal, suggesting China’s firm hand could restore order to bloody chaos after the “failure” of America’s twenty-year intervention.

TOPSHOT - Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers stand to attention during a ceremony at the military base in Herat on July 3, 2016. Around 1000 soldiers trained for 10 weeks during the ANA training progam, after which they are sent on assignments throughout the restive country. / AFP / AREF …

UAE Lends Pakistan Billions, Competing with China

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), told his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday the UAE will roll over a $2 billion loan and “extend every possible support” in an effort to improve relations between the two countries.

In this photo released by Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service, UAE's Foreign Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan gestures during a joint news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, March 9, 2021. (Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service via …