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South Pacific Countries Balk at China’s Comprehensive Proposal, Dealing Visiting FM Wang Yi a Rare Public Setback

Midway through Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's 10-day South Pacific tour and the trip, so far, is not going according to plan. Normally on these kinds of high-profile extended diplomatic excursions to strategically important regions, Chinese officials work hard to ensure that all parties are in alignment ...

Australia Breathes a Big Sigh of Relief After Pacific Island Countries Push Back Against China

You can see from the expression on visiting Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong's face the palpable relief from the reception that she received in Fiji over the weekend and, no doubt, to the news that as a group, Pacific Island Countries balked at China's plan to deepen ...

Chinese Lending Poses “Serious Danger” to Poor Countries Warns German Chancellor

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz became the latest Western leader to warn about the purported systemic risks to the global economy posed by Chinese lending to developing countries.  Chancellor Scholz addressed the issue at an event in Stuttgart ...

China’s Tecno and Infinix Ranked Among the Top Brands in Africa

Transsion's Tecno unit slipped a spot to #6 in Brand Africa's annual ranking of the most admired brands but it still remained firmly in the top ten and was the highest-ranked of any Chinese company.  Two other phone brands, ...

China Celebrates African Business Competition Launched by a Man and His Former Company Who Shall Not Be Named

Up until a few years ago, the annual African Business Heroes (ABH) competition was a huge deal, generating massive online excitement. Today, well, not so much. In fact, it's hard to tell that the ABH contest ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...