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Can the US wrestle back influence in Latin America from China? (Al Jazeera)

China has used its $1 trillion Belt and Road Initiative to expand its economic and diplomatic ties worldwide, including in Latin America – a region which the United States has long regarded as its back yard.

Over the last 20 years, Beijing engagement has raised concerns in Washington about its influence. The Biden administration has sent officials to Latin America to scope out how it can deepen ties. Jimena Blanco, head of Americas Risk Insight at Verisk Maplecroft, explains how.

And investors are pouring billions of dollars into educational apps. Gauthier Van Malderen, chief executive of Perlego, tells us why.

Can the US wrestle back influence in Latin America from China? | Business and Economy | Al Jazeera

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Lebanon

How Judge Bitar’s probe shook Lebanon leaders (Kareem Chehayeb, Al Jazeera)

When the Lebanese government announced more than a year ago that the probe into the devastating explosion in Beirut’s port would be conducted domestically, few expected that senior officials would be charged.

But even fewer expected that the lead investigator, Judge Tarek Bitar, could rattle the country’s entrenched leadership, which for decades has reigned with impunity and routinely quashed legal investigations that may hold it accountable.

Analysis: How Judge Bitar’s probe shook Lebanon leaders | News | Al Jazeera

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Afghanistan China Iran Pakistan

Will Afghanistan’s powerful neighbours engage the Taliban? (Zahir Sherazi, Al Jazeera)

The withdrawal of US and NATO forces from Afghanistan is inevitably leaving a political vacuum in South and Central Asia. The question that many are asking is who will step in to fill it. Afghanistan’s immediate neighbours – Pakistan, Iran and China – all have special interests in the country that they are likely to pursue with renewed vigour.

Will Afghanistan’s powerful neighbours engage the Taliban? | Opinions | Al Jazeera

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Africa Turkey

As Erdogan set for another tour, Turkey deepens ties with Africa (Mucahid Durmaz, Al Jazeera)

East Africa’s largest indoor arena in Rwanda; a national mosque in Ghana; an army base in Somalia; and an almost 400km-long railway project which would help give landlocked Ethiopia direct access to major trade routes through the port of Djibouti.

These are just some of Turkey’s increasingly growing footprints across sub-Saharan Africa as Ankara has over the past two decades sought to present itself as an alternative player in a continent that has long witnessed fierce competition between traditional European powers and newcomers.

As Erdogan set for another tour, Turkey deepens ties with Africa | Politics News | Al Jazeera

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Sudan

Sudan PM says ‘serious crisis’ a threat to transition and country (Al Jazeera)

Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has warned that Sudan is facing the “worst crisis” of its transition to civilian rule following the removal of longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir more than two years ago.

The remarks on Friday came as the country reels from deep divisions among the civilian and military political factions that have been leading its transition under an August 2019 power-sharing deal with the aim of leading the country towards free and fair elections.

Sudan PM says ‘serious crisis’ a threat to transition and country | News | Al Jazeera

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China

Chip shortage in China may reduce car production by about 2 million till year end (Global Times)

The shortage of chips may reduce car production by about 2 million units throughout the year in China, Chen Bin, Executive Vice President from China Machinery Industry Federation said on Friday.

He warned that some products such as industrial sensors, basic industrial software, special raw materials, and precision instrumentation which rely heavily on imports will also be hurt further with “natural calamities and man-made misfortune.”

Chip shortage in China may reduce car production by about 2 million till year end – Global Times

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Trains transport much needed coal as cold front arrives amid energy shortage (Global Times)

Over 22 million tons of coals have been shipped off from northern part of coal-producing Shanxi Province in North China by train in the first half of October, the China State Railway Group said on Friday.

Moving thermal coal by train is being closely watched as a cold front is forecast to arrive in much of eastern China from Friday to Monday.

Trains transport much needed coal as cold front arrives amid energy shortage – Global Times

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong to build new logistics center and park to boost intermediary trade (Chi Jingyi, Global Times)

Hong Kong will build a new logistics center at Hong Kong airport and in Dongguan in Hong Kong’s neighboring province Guangdong in South China, targeting high value third-party logistics services and facilitating intermediary trade, said the Finance Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region (HKSAR) on Friday.

The new logistics centers are believed to be able to boost the intermediary trade in Hong Kong and to strengthen Hong Kong’s status as the international aviation hub of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA).

Hong Kong to build new logistics center and park to boost intermediary trade – Global Times

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China

Evergrande spillover risks ‘controllable’ (Global Times)

China’s central bank on Friday said the spillover effects of China Evergrande Group’s liquidity crisis are controllable, the first public statement since the company was summoned by the regulator in August.

The crisis was caused by poor management, but financial sector debts only accounts for one third of the total debt, Zou Lan, head of financial markets at the People’s Bank of China, said at a briefing.

Evergrande spillover risks ‘controllable’ – Global Times

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