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Wang Yi’s South Pacific Tour Didn’t Go as Well as Planned… But That’s OK, He’ll Be Back

Wang Yi's controversial tour of the South Pacific will finally come to an unceremonious end on Saturday. PR-wise this wasn't Beijing's finest moment. My guess is the post-mortem next week at the Foreign Ministry in Beijing is going to be very ...

China’s About to Buy a Lot More Russian Oil and That’s Bad News for Iran

Iran's once steady business of selling large quantities of oil to China's independent refineries may soon become the latest casualty of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.  For years, China provided Iran a vital cash flow by supplying the Chinese with 

Republican Senators Find New Reason to Hate the Iran Nuclear Deal… China

Conservative Republicans in the U.S. Senate are well-known for their disdain for Iran. They're also equally opposed to the Communist Party of China. So, it's a no-brainer then to combine the two into a single piece of legislation. Tennessee Senator Marsha ...

China Tried (and Failed) to Intimidate Israeli Newspaper Editor Over Interview With Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu

Chinese diplomats around the world have a well-earned reputation for personally calling journalists and their editors (including this publication) to express their objections, often rudely, when there is coverage they don't like -- usually about a red-line issue like Taiwan, Hong Kong, or Xinjiang among others.

Chinese, Algerian Legislative Leaders Meet

The head of Algeria's National Assembly, Salih Gojil, met on Tuesday with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yang, chairman of China's rubber-stamp legislature known by its acronym CPPCC. Based on the read-out from the official Algerian Presse Service, it appears that the meeting was more about relationship building ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Overwhelming 2024-Ness of It All

In so many ways, 2024 feels like an inflection point — one of those years that carries within it a future yet unformed.
The U.S. election is of course the most prominent of these trends. If Donald Trump becomes the Rublican nominee, as expected, it will kick off a series of domino effects that could reshape the United States’ relationship with itself, and with it, the whole world.

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China’s Tecno Brand Dominates Kenyan Mobile Phone Market

Kenya's mobile phone market shrank by 9% in the first quarter of the year, according to new data from technology consultancy IDC, but even a drop that large didn't budge Transsion's Tecno brand from the top spot in the market.

The Chinese-Built Standard Gauge Railway Turned Five This Week

This week marked the five-year anniversary of the Chinese-financed and built Standard Gauge Railway that officially launched on May 31, 2017. The milestone was largely ignored by the Kenyan press but was noted with some enthusiasm in the Chinese media. (AFRICA DIRECT -- Chinese) ...

The Chinese Government Is Almost Giddy About the Prospect That U.S. Summit of the Americas Is Going to Be a PR Disaster

The U.S. Summit of the Americas is set to get underway in Los Angeles on Monday and no one seems more eager for the event to get started than China. Chinese state media outlets are relishing the ...