- China is set to begin construction of a strategic railway line important for implementation of the Chinese plan for Tibet’s governance and national unity and stability in the border areas.
- Saudi Arabia and Russia continue in a tight race to become China’s top oil supplier.
- Protests against the Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire agreement continue in Armenia, with demonstrators calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.
- Central Asian NGOs experts called on their governments to strengthen oversight of Belt and Road Initiative projects in the region, mainly been in infrastructure and extractive industries, attracted by mineral deposits and hydrocarbons.
- China and Kyrgyzstan are willing to strengthen strategic coordination with in regional and international affairs, opposing to any external forces interfering in Kyrgyzstan’s internal affairs.
- Japan and Australia agreed on a breakthrough defence pact, and the navies of India, the United States, Australia and Japan continued holding exercises in the Northern Arabian Sea, as part of a regional initiative to counter China’s growing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific.
- Another Belt and Road project was canceled in Malaysia, the Melaka Gateway, raising questions about BRI future projects in the country.
- China reaffirmed its support to Pakistan in fighting terrorist forces and stressed that any scheme to sabotage the building of an economic corridor linking the two countries will not succeed.
- Pakistan claimed to have evidence of India aiding “terrorist” activities from Afghan soil, targeting Chinese interests in its southern province of Balochistan.
- Afghanistan sought the support of Pakistan to reduce surging violence in the war-torn country, as the Taliban resist calls for a cease-fire, with little headway in the ongoing peace talks.
- Egyptian, Russian Navies carried out drills in Black Sea to contribute to efforts to achieve security and stability in the Middle East
- Mike Pompeo visits Golan Heights and West Bank settlement, in a provocative act before U.S. President Donald Trump leaves his post.
- Bahrain’s foreign minister paid a history-making visit to Israel, in the latest sign of warming ties following a series of U.S.-brokered normalization accords between Israel and Arab nations.
- Iraq and Saudi Arabia have reopened their land border, showing closer ties between the two countries, likely to irk Riyadh’s rival Tehran.
- US embassy in Baghdad was targeted by rockets, after announcement of troop withdrawal.
- US increased its support for the Three Seas Initiative (3SI) to combat Chinese investment through the BRI and the “17 + 1” group.
- As part of the Belt and Road Initiative, Turkey will build a transit-loan based main container port in the Eastern Mediterranean, which will operate as a gateway to the Middle East and Central Asia.
- Nigeria’s energy sector is about to receive a major boost from huge investment decisions from China, which is eyeing key exploration operations in the oil and gas sector in Africa.
- Major oil companies have asked local authorities to boost surveillance on oil-producing and oil and infrastructure assets in Nigeria amid escalating protests against the government.
- In Somalia, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a restaurant near a police academy in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.
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