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After Two Years of Laying Low, Xi Emerges With a Flurry of Presidential Diplomacy on the Olympic Sidelines

Chinese President Xi Jinping emerged from nearly two years of relative diplomatic isolation on Friday for a flurry of one-on-one meetings with some of the 30 heads of state in town for the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Beijing. ...

Argentina Joins Belt & Road as Part of a Full Embrace of China (and Russia)

Argentinian President Alberto Fernández met for 40 minutes with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing on Sunday, in what appears to be a major foreign policy shift for Latin America's fourth-largest economy. First, and most importantly, Argentina signed on to become the 

U.S. Houses Passes China Competition Bill That Includes a Number of Provisions Focused on Africa

The United States House of Representatives passed a mammoth multi-billion dollar bill late last month that aims to improve U.S. competitiveness with China. It also includes a number of key provisions aimed at curtailing Chinese influence in Africa. While the legislation ...

The Top Commander for U.S. Forces in Africa Was Asked if China and Russia Are Involved in the Recent Wave of Coups

General Stephen Townsend, commander of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), is well known for his oft-stated concern about China's presence in Africa and the destabilizing role that he feels Beijing plays on the continent. So, when journalist Simon Ateba, the Washington, D.C. ...

This Exchange on Capitol Hill Explains Why the Pentagon Keeps Saying China Wants to Build a New Base in Africa

For the past year or so, General Stephen Townsend, the top U.S. commander for Africa (AFRICOM) has said repeatedly that China is looking to build a new military base on the continent, this time on the Atlantic coast. But neither he nor his colleagues ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Chinese Foreign Minister to Lead UN Security Council Meeting on Gaza

Wang Yi, China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, will chair a UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting in New York on the ongoing crisis in Gaza.
China, the current UNSC president, called the meeting scheduled for November 29. It comes as the two sides are looking into extending the temporary ceasefire that started last week to allow for the return of further Israeli hostages and Palestinian detainees.

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