Japanese PM Shinzo Abe with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo: AFP

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe warns African leaders about debt, seeking to counter China’s growing influence

  • China has a massive presence in the continent, having announced US$60 billion in development funding for Africa last year
  • However, critics say Chinese companies and workers have been favoured over local economies, saddling nations with debts and ignoring rights
Topic |   Africa

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Japanese PM Shinzo Abe with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo: AFP
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Timor Leste foreign minister Dionísio da Costa Babo Soares. Photo: Media DKS-MNEK

US$16 billion ‘hoax’: reports of Chinese loan for East Timor gas project were politically motivated, says foreign minister

  • East Timor is looking for international partners to finance its Greater Sunrise gas project, tapping some of the country’s last remaining resources
  • Foreign ministers from both countries have been talking about cooperating in the petrochemical industry
Topic |   Indonesia

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Timor Leste foreign minister Dionísio da Costa Babo Soares. Photo: Media DKS-MNEK
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