Archive for April, 2020

Central Asian Rail Deal Allowing China to Bypass Russia, Expand Trade with Europe

Via The Jamestown Foundation, an article on China’s efforts to find a rail route to Europe that bypasses Russia: For the last two decades, Moscow has counted on Beijing’s regular use of Russian railways to export Chinese goods to Europe. In turn, China’s reliance on Russian rail was based on the presumption that any substitute […]

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Russia Moves Closer to Privatizing Rosneft

Via The National Interest, an article on Rosneft: The Russian government no longer has a majority stake in Rosneft for the first time in the energy giant’s 27-year history. On March 28, Rosneft announced that it had sold all of its assets in Venezuela as part of a deal with the wholly government-owned company, Rosneftegaz. The sale […]

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A Chocolate Factory In A Conflict Zone

Via The Economist, an interesting look at a Belgian chocolatier’s efforts to open a factory in the DRC: Dominique Persoone, the bad boy of Belgian chocolate, has served powdered chocolate that has been snorted like cocaine at a party for the Rolling Stones and had the sticky stuff drizzled on naked women for a photo […]

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Will China Rebuild Syria?

Via the Begin-Sadat Center, an article on who – after almost a decade of civil war in Syria – will be in charge of the reconstruction of the nation, with China a likely candidate: The relationship between China and Syria dates back to 1956, when the countries first initiated diplomatic contact. Bilateral relations have stayed […]

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The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor at Five

Via the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), a look at the result so the first five (5) years of The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) that was officially launched in April 2015: KEY FINDINGS Scaled-back Ambitions: Of 122 announced projects, a quarter (32 projects) have been completed, […]

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Port Of Berbera Breathes Life Into Somaliland

Via AllAfrica, a report on the expansion of the port of Berbera: The expansion of the Port of Berbera, the building of the road linking the town to the Ethiopian border and the planned  construction of the multi-million Berbera Economic Free Zone has brought life into the once sleepy city of Somaliland. Add that to […]

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Focusing primarily on The New Seven Sisters - the largely state owned petroleum companies from the emerging world that have become key players in the oil & gas industry as identified by Carola Hoyos, Chief Energy Correspondent for The Financial Times - but spanning other nascent opportunities around the globe that may hold potential in the years ahead, Wildcats & Black Sheep is a place for the adventurous to contemplate & evaluate the emerging markets of tomorrow.