China and India jockey for their African positions

November 30, 2018

In recent years, the Western Indian Ocean region of Africa, which includes Mauritius, Seychelles and Maldives, has seen increased Indian and Chinese economic and military competition. With its geographic proximity, and historical and cultural ties, India has long had dominance in the region, but it is slowly losing out to China. While these island nations […]

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Trump administration warns of China’s ‘imperial’ ambitions in Latin America

November 12, 2018

According to United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Latin American countries should beware of China’s efforts to entrap them in debt through massive public-works projects. He recently told Latin American leaders that “When China comes calling it’s not always to the good of your citizens.” Pompeo’s predecessor, Rex Tillerson, had also warned that the […]

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Coca-Cola’s bottle problem (opportunity)

October 25, 2018

In response to new laws in East Africa and restrictions in China, Coca-Cola aims to recycle each bottle it manufactures by 2030, starting with the goal of recycling one-quarter of those bottles by the end of this year. The beverage giant also has plans to open a recycling plant in Kenya, and already operates one […]

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China’s southern inclination

September 4, 2018

With an eye to work abroad, Chinese students are taking up Spanish and Portuguese, as China’s fascination with Latin American culture grows in tandem with the country’s burgeoning economic (and thus diplomatic) presence in the region. The phenomenon is part of China’s rapidly expanding global footprint, which has the United States deeply concerned. The U.S. […]

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