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China’s New FM Greeted as Old Friend in Ethiopia on First Stop of Africa Tour

Qin Gang landed in Addis Ababa early Tuesday morning to kick off his first tour of Africa as China's new Foreign Minister. Qin spent the morning with his Ethiopian counterpart Demeke Mekonnen at the foreign ministry, where the two later hosted a joint ...

Chinese and Bangladeshi FMs Have a (Very) Early Morning Stopover Meeting in Dhaka

Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen headed to the airport early Tuesday morning to greet his Chinese counterpart Qin Gang at 02:00 while his plane refueled in Dhaka on its way to Ethiopia. The pair went to the VIP lounge for ...

3 Chinese Nationals Arrested in DRC For Allegedly Murdering a Compatriot

A trio of suspected Chinese "bandits" were made to pose in front of a stash of weapons and cash seized by military authorities in the southern DRC province of Lualaba. Authorities claim the three extorted the money from a fellow Chinese ...

China’s Highly Selective Retribution Against Countries That Impose COVID Tests

The Chinese government on Tuesday stopped issuing short-term visas to travelers from South Korea and Japan in retaliation against COVID tests both countries imposed on Chinese visitors. The Chinese Foreign Ministry called the testing requirement for Chinese nationals "unacceptable" and "unscientific."

Islamic Scholars Tour Xinjiang as Part of China’s Efforts to Refute “Western Lies”

A group of 30 scholars from 14 Islamic countries is participating in a highly choreographed tour of China's western Xinjiang region as part of Beijing's latest efforts to push back against well-documented U.S. and European accusations of human rights violations there. ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...

Amid Polycrisis, the IMF and the World Bank Should Do More to Stabilize the World Economy

By Justin Yifu Lin and Yan Wang The global economy is facing polycrisis: increasing climate change, Russia’s war in Ukraine and capital flight from emerging markets and developing countries, leading to declines in their foreign exchange reserves, local currency depreciation and ...

Qin Gang Should Hit the Reset Button on Africa-China Relations: Expert

Qin Gang is taking over as Foreign Minister at an inflection point in Africa-China relations. While Chinese investment transformed African skylines, the relationship has also hit some problems. These include sky-high debt for projects that didn’t necessarily deliver hoped-for development outcomes. ...