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Malawi Foreign Minister: “We Are Disgusted, Disrespected and Deeply Pained”

Following a BBC Africa investigation, Malawian ministers condemned the practice of using young children to produce highly exploitative videos that are then sold on Chinese social media platforms. "We are feeling disgusted, disrespected, and deeply pained," 

Chinese Embassy in Malawi Responds to Video Controversy With Disingenuous Statement

The Chinese embassy in Malawi's response to the escalating controversy over the exploitative videos uncovered in a new BBC Africa documentary did little to appease critics. The brief statement, published only on its official Twitter account, broadly condemned racism ...

Chinese Social Media is Oddly Quiet About the Racism Accusations Uncovered in the BBC Documentary

Over the weekend, in the run-up to Monday's broadcast of the BBC documentary, some of the staff at the network were bracing for what they expected would be a forceful response from China's online supporters -- both Chinese and foreign. They ...

BBC Doc Becomes New Weapon For China’s Critics in the U.S.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, one of China's fiercest critics in Washington, D.C., leveraged the revelations uncovered in the BBC documentary to launch a broadside against the Chinese Communist Party. It's important to note that while Rubio implicates the ...

China, Saudi Arabia Meet to Discuss Expanding Military Ties

Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe met with top defense officials from Saudi Arabia over the weekend to discuss closer security and military relations between the two countries. The timing of Saturday's meeting is significant. It occurred just one month before U.S. ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The G7’s New Infrastructure Initiative Could Strengthen China’s Global South Game: Experts

The G7’s new Partnership for Global Infrastructure Investment (PGII), a $600 billion plan to build infrastructure across the Global South and counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), could have the effect of improving how Chinese companies do business and could end up improving the BRI itself, according to development experts. 

Some acknowledged that the BRI has been controversial for its environmental and debt impacts. But they also pointed out ...

What is China’s Real Role in Sri Lanka’s Debt Crisis?

Few debt crises have triggered as much disinformation as Sri Lanka’s. The country is currently grappling with a complex debt restructuring process amid its worst economic crisis since independence. The role of Chinese debt has drawn much attention and many false narratives - ...

Possible U.S.-China Cooperation in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka is currently scrambling for support amid its worst economic crisis since independence. But the crisis could provide a rare opportunity for cooperation between China and the United States. Qi Zhenhong, China’s ambassador to the South Asian island state, met with his ...

Why China Won’t Fill a Development Finance Gap for Gas

By Cecilia Springer and Rishikesh Ram Bhandary At the end of May, Group of Seven (G7) countries committed to end public finance for overseas fossil fuel activities, going beyond their earlier commitment from last year to end such finance for overseas coal ...