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Why China May Succeed in the Middle East Where So Many Others Have Failed

Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Saudi Arabia last week and his participation in three summits with Arab leaders went precisely according to plan. The President was feted lavishly by the Saudi royal family while seeming to rise above the region's often toxic politics.

Xi-Mohamud Handshake Proves Opposing China on Xinjiang Isn’t a Diplomatic Death Sentence for Small Countries

Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was one of at least a dozen heads of state to do a brief meet-and-greet with Xi Jinping during the China-Arab summit in Saudi Arabia on Friday. The interaction was wholly unremarkable, but the ...

Contrasting U.S. and Chinese Diplomatic Styles on Full Display This Week

It's rare for the U.S. and China to host major regional summits less than a week apart. But with the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit set to get underway in Washington, D.C., just a few days after the China-Arab Summit concluded in Riyadh, ...

Media Frustrates White House Efforts to Avoid Making This Week’s Africa Summit About China

Senior African policy officials in the White House and State Department have been adamant that this week's African leaders summit is about Africa... not China. But the international news media doesn't appear to see it that way -- framing the story as the latest installment of the ...

Asia, Not Africa Most Likely Region For China to Set Up New Overseas Military Base, Says Rand Report

Four countries in Asia have been identified by researchers in the United States as the most likely places where China will set up a new military outpost. The findings by a trio of scholars at the U.S. government-supported 

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China Tries to Maintain Mideast Diplomatic Momentum With Summit Planned for Later This Year

China will host a summit between Iran and the Gulf Cooperation Council later this year, reports the Wall Street Journal. The summit with the six-country bloc (made up of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait) will further solidify the normalization of diplomatic ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia, brokered by China this weekend.
The announcement follows December’s first summit between China and Arab states, where GCC leaders welcomed President Xi Jinping’s ...

China Launches New Site Dedicated to Belt and Road News in Africa

China's state-run Xinhua news agency launched a new online portal that is ostensibly intended to serve as a hub for Belt and Road information in Africa.  The new site appears to be little more than a repackaging of ...