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China’s Frenetic Diplomatic Push at the G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting in Bali

Coverage of the G20 Foreign Ministers' meeting in Bali was dominated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's high-profile exit from the meeting and the first encounter since October between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. But ...

Blinken Calls on China, ASEAN to Put Pressure on Mynamar Junta

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged China and members of the ten-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to collectively pressure the military government in Myanmar to return to democracy. "It is incumbent on China and in ...

Zambia Expected to Finalize Debt Restructuring Deal By the End of the Month

Zambia appears to be edging closer to a debt restructuring deal with its official creditors. Insiders tell Reuters it could happen sometime in July. Some sort of arrangement between the Zambian government and the Franco-Chinese-led Creditor Committee would ...

Maritime Issues Could Headline the Next High-Level Chinese Tour of Africa

China's most senior diplomat for Sub-Saharan Africa announced that Special Representative on African Affairs, Xu Jinghu, has kicked off an 8-nation African tour. The Foreign Ministry hasn't provided any information about her visit besides the itinerary (thanks to this map).

Reports: Saudi Arabia Eyeing Chinese Stealth Fighter Jets

It appears that sources within the Saudi Arabian Royal Air Force are leaking information about their apparent interest in acquiring and possibly even manufacturing FC-31s, China's most advanced stealth fighter jet. Saudi news reports also indicate that ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

A Chinese Giant’s Complicity in South Africa’s Corruption Disaster

Anyone who knows a South African will be amply aware that the country is currently undergoing economically ruinous rolling blackouts labeled ‘loadshedding.’ Even if you don’t know them, South Africans are liable to follow you down the street, foam-flecked and shouting about Eskom, the corruption-addled state power utility.
The loadshedding scandal is rooted in corruption. It’s only the most visible part of a historical tragedy: how the ruling African National Congress ...