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China Fears Giorgia Meloni May Cut Italy Out of Belt and Road Debt Trap

China’s Global Times state newspaper warned likely Italian Prime Minister-to-be Giorgia Meloni, the right-wing leader whose party won Sunday’s national legislative elections, in an article on Tuesday not to adhere to promises to try to distance Italy from China’s influence or undo deals under the banner of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

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China Makes Move to Increase Influence on African Media

Chinese Communist Party officials hosted a “China-Africa Media Cooperation” virtual forum on Thursday from Beijing, the Global Times reported, noting that delegates from both sides agreed to foment “an international public opinion atmosphere of cohesive development” between Beijing and 40-plus African nations and regions.

Huang Kunming, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China CPC Central Committee and head of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, attends the opening ceremony of the Fifth Forum on China-Africa Media Cooperation in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 25, 2022. Huang read …

China Sends Survey Vessel to Sri Lankan Port it Controls, Irking India

China recently deployed a survey vessel to Sri Lanka’s Hambantota Port — which Colombo ceded to Beijing on a 99-year lease in 2017 after defaulting on debt to China — Reuters reported on Thursday, noting that the vessel’s deployment to Sri Lanka has irked nearby India which denounced the Chinese research mission as a possible threat to New Delhi’s “security and economic interests.”

The warship formations of China and Russia sail through the Tsugaru Strait during the naval exercise Joint Sea-2021 on October 18, 2021 in the Western part of the Pacific Ocean. (Sun Zifa/China News Service via Getty Images)

Sri Lanka’s Envoy to Beijing: Blaming Chinese Debt Traps for Sri Lanka’s Collapse ‘Propaganda’

Sri Lanka’s ambassador to China Palitha Kohona told the Communist Party mouthpiece Global Times in an interview published on Monday that anyone blaming Beijing’s predatory loans for Sri Lanka’s economic disaster was spreading “convenient propaganda” and calling China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) a “debt trap” is a “gross exaggeration.”

People are protesting against rising living costs, amid the countrys economic crisis, in Colombo on June 27, 2022.

China Deflects Blame for Bankrupting Socialist Sri Lanka

China’s state-run Global Times published an editorial piece on Monday in which it attempted to deflect Beijing’s share of responsibility for Sri Lanka’s current economic crisis, caused in part by Colombo’s recent decision to default on its massive foreign debt, including a large amount owed to China.

A cargo ship is seen at the Sri Lankan ports authority Colombo, Sri Lanka. 9 July 2022. Sri Lankas prime minister said late last month that the island nations debt-laden economy had collapsed as it runs out of money to pay for food and fuel. Short of cash to pay …

China Opens Communism School for Politicians in Africa

A Chinese government-funded school touting the precepts of China’s ruling Communist Party recently opened near Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on Tuesday, noting that the facility teaches “leadership” skills to local African politicians.

Natangue Ithete, assistant chief whip of the SWAPO Party, speaks during a seminar in Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Leadership School in Coast region, Tanzania on June 14, 2022. TO GO WITH "Xiplomacy: Xi's reply inspires African youths to promote China-Africa cooperation" (Photo by Xinhua via Getty Images)

China Demands World Recognize and Fund the Taliban

The government of China concluded a meeting on Thursday of regional governments to discuss how to handle the rise of the Taliban jihadist organization in Afghanistan, concluding the world should recognize the “Afghan interim government” and “inject liquidity” into the country.

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China Uses Ukraine War to Promote Belt and Road in Africa

Chinese Foreign Ministry Wang Yi spent much of Sunday discussing potential Chinese investments with his counterparts from Algeria, Tanzania, and Zambia, claiming that the war between Ukraine and Russia demands even more Chinese attention on the continent of Africa.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa at a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on September 5, 2018, a day after the conclusion of the Forum On China-Africa Cooperation. (Photo by Lintao Zhang / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should …

Samoa to Cancel $100M Chinese-Backed Port Development

Samoa’s expected new prime minister said Thursday she plans to cancel a China-backed port development project on the island worth $100 million out of concern Samoa is already overly indebted to Beijing. “Samoa is a small country. Our seaports and

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 18: Samoa MP Fiame Naomi Mata'afa speaks during the Pacific Parliamentary and Political Leaders Forum at Parliament on April 18, 2013 in Wellington, New Zealand. The forum sees 70 Parliamentarians and political leaders across 22 Pacific nations come together for 5 days to debate issues …

Australia Cancels Controversial ‘Belt and Road’ Deals with China

Australia tore up a set of agreements Wednesday linked to the contentious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) deal with Beijing. The move is sure to provoke fury in China which has previously warned Australia it will become the “poor white trash of Asia” unless it stops pushing back against the ruling Communist Party.

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 11: Prime Minister Scott Morrison reacts during a press conference in the Prime Ministers courtyard on December 11, 2020 in Canberra, Australia. Clinical trials of a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the University of Queensland in partnership with biotech company CSL will be abandoned, after the …