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Wang Yi’s Low-Profile Visit to Nigeria

Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi wrapped up the first day of his weeklong tour to five Africa countries in the Nigerian capital Abuja on Monday. Wang made no public appearances and instead met with various Nigerian ministers including his counterpart Geoffrey Onyeama and Transportation Minister Rotimi ...

While Wang Yi is in Town, Nigeria FM Also Meets With Huawei Delegation

Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama met with a visiting delegation from the local office of the Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei on Monday, the same day that he also welcomed visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to Abuja.

There’s Growing Concern in Kenya Over the Fate of Jack Ma

The apparent disappearance of Alibaba founder Jack Ma is prompting growing concern in Kenya and elsewhere in Africa where the Chinese billionaire has recently built a strong following around his philanthropic ventures.

A China-Africa Angle Makes Its Way Into the Senate Run-Off Election in Georgia

Two conservative U.S. media outlets, Breitbart News and the National Review, used Democrat Senate candidate Jon Ossof's role in producing a 2015 China-Africa documentary for Al Jazeera English as purported evidence that the Georgia politician is purportedly sympathetic to ...

Jack Ma’s Disappearance Is a Setback For Chinese Soft Power in Africa

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi is in Africa at the moment. It has become a multi-decade tradition that the FM's first foreign trip of the year is always to Africa. These trips are arguably less important for what they achieve (although announcements of new deals frequently follow) ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China’s Global Development Initiative Meeting Signals Growing UN Influence

China’s Global Development Initiative (announced by President Xi Jinping in 2021) took a massive step towards global influence this week. It got the UN stamp of approval and is being integrated into its development plans like Agenda 2030.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi co-hosted a meeting of the Group of Friends of the Global Development Initiative with UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the UN in New York on Wednesday. 

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The China-Mediterranean Observer: How Will a New/Old Biden Mideast Policy Impact China’s Ambitions in the Region?

The killing of the Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the future of American foreign policy toward the Middle East under President Biden, and the tensions between France and the Muslim world are the three key topics of recent Chinese commentaries. The ...