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Nigerian Garment Union Calls Out Local Officials in Fight Against Cheap Chinese Imports

Nigeria’s national union of textile workers is complaining about the complicity of customs officials in the flooding of the local market by Chinese textiles. While cheap imports from China have long been blamed for undercutting the local garment sector, the National Union of Textile, Garment, and Tailoring ...

Transsion Financial Disclosure Provides Rare Insights Into Its Booming Mobile Phone Business in Africa

Shenzhen-based African mobile phone giant Transsion provided a rare glimpse into its financial performance in a disclosure document that went out to 244 Chinese institutional investors. Even though Transsion is a publicly-traded company on the Shanghai Star Exchange, it nonetheless behaves like a lot of Chinese firms by ...

Understanding the Middle East’s Unique Opportunities and Challenges for China

China is rapidly escalating its relationships with countries in the Middle East. However, the region still represents a tricky set of challenges for Beijing. So argues Andrea Ghiselli, a prominent watcher of China-Middle East relations at Fudan University in Shanghai. Ghiselli writes that China’s ...

China’s ASEAN Ambassador Warns U.S. About the Dangers of Encircling China the Way NATO Did With Russia

Chinese anxiety about being encircled by the United States and its allies goes back decades but is taking on a new urgency today amid the ongoing war in Eastern Europe. Almost immediately after Russian forces invaded Ukraine, Chinese officials began to draw stark parallels between what it ...

Japan Wants to Keep India in the Quad, Aims to Enlarge the China-Containing Bloc, Says Former PM

Keeping India in the Quad is crucial, even though New Delhi has so far refrained from condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. The Quad (short for Quadrilateral Security Dialogue) is made up of the United ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China Intensifies SE Asian Diplomacy Amid U.S.-Philippine Exercises

Tensions are high in the South China Sea as the Philippines kicks off its annual Balikatan joint military exercises with the United States. The opening ceremony of the three-week, 17,000-troop operation took place on Tuesday, aimed at “highlighting ironclad alliance” between Washington and Manila, according to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. The exercises will also include France and Australia.
In response, China is signaling its own regional relationships. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi ...

All Smiles as DR Congo’s New Ambassador Takes up Duties in China

François Nkuna Balumuene, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s new ambassador to China, presented his credentials to Hong Lei, the Director-General of the Protocol Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs last week. The new ambassador has wasted no time in making courtesy calls to Chinese ...

Chinese Embassies in Africa Commemorate the Lives Lost in African Infrastructure Projects 

Chinese embassies in several African countries this week commemorated Chinese personnel who died while building African infrastructure. The occasion was this week’s Qingming (Tomb-Sweeping) Festival (清明节) when people clear the graves of relatives to remember the dead. The Chinese embassy in Equatorial ...