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U.S. Seems to Think Same Low-Grade Agreement Unveiled in Asia is Going to Roll Back Chinese Economic Gains in LatAm

President Joe Biden's latest effort to get the United States re-engaged in the Global South fell flat when Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced he would boycott the Summit of the Americas that opened on Monday in Los Angeles. President Obrador ...

U.S. Worried (Again) About New Chinese Military Base… This Time in Cambodia

Ream Naval Base, a naval facility in Cambodia on the Gulf of Thailand currently being expanded by Chinese contractors, will accommodate Chinese military vessels, according to reports in The Washington Post and other publications.  This is the newest in a series of reports ...

New Mining Project in Eritrea Proves Again China Willing to Invest Where Others Dare Not

A new half a billion-dollar mining project in Eritrea reaffirms China's reputation for investing in countries that others find too risky. China's ambassador to Asmara, Cai Ge, led a groundbreaking ceremony last week for new copper, zinc, and ore mine in ...

Kenyan Election Campaign Targets Chinese Loans

Chinese loans are looming large as Kenya gears up for its presidential election. Aden Duale, an MP for the opposition leader William Ruto’s Kwanza Coalition, singled out loans as a cause of corruption at an election rally during the weekend.  Duale said: "We know ...

Communist Party of China Appoints New Diplomatic Head

The Communist Party of China (CPC) has appointed Liu Jianchao as the new head of its International Liaison Department, the Party’s diplomatic arm. Liu is the former ambassador to Indonesia and the Philippines. He also headed the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the body that pursued corruption ...

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Letter From DC: Is Africa Holding Itself Back?

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Whoo boy…We picked a doozy of a week to be in town. The overlapping reverberations from leadership fights within the Democratic Party, the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, and the announcement of JD Vance as his vice-presidential candidate are understandably focusing attention inwards.

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3 Ways to Harness a Legacy of Environmental Cooperation with China

By Cecilia Springer Despite recently increasing and legitimate grievances, environmental cooperation has been a key bedrock for successful collaboration between China and Western countries, starting with the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, Sweden.