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Xi Bets on Global South in Moscow

Today is a public holiday in South Africa – Human Rights Day. There’s a certain irony in spending the day focusing on China’s President Xi Jinping’s visit to Vladimir Putin, knee-deep in a human rights disaster. What one makes of the ...

Japan, Indian PMs Present Unified Front to Challenge China’s Expanding Influence in Asia

While most of the world's attention was focused on Chinese President Xi Jinping's talks in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin, another critically important summit between the leaders of Japan and India also took place on Monday in New Delhi.

Publicly, China Says It’s Not Worried About Closer Japan-India Ties

The Chinese Foreign Ministry did not formally respond to this week's Japan-India summit, but as is so often the case, Beijing leveraged the sharp-tongued CPC-run Global Times newspaper to speak on its behalf. And if Monday's editorial is anything to go ...

Evan Feigenbaum on Why Xi’s Russia Visit is Critical for China’s Global South Agenda

Speculating about Chinese President Xi Jinping's motives for meeting with Vladimir Putin and whether he's serious about brokering a peace settlement between Russia and Ukraine or just trolling the West has become something of a parlor game among China Watchers.

Russia Knocks Saudi Arabia From Top Spot as China’s Leading Oil Supplier

Russia overtook Saudi Arabia in the first two months of the year as China's largest oil supplier, with purchases surging 24% compared to the same time last year, according to new Chinese customs data. Chinese buyers were seemingly keen to take ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Joint Battlefield Training to Raise Pressure in South China Sea

The U.S. military will reportedly introduce joint combat training with the Philippines in June. Major General Marcus Evans, commander of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, told the Associated Press that the training would increase the Philippine army’s ability to fight in challenging jungle conditions.
The training will run from June 1 to 10. At Manila’s request, the training will be held in Philippine territory for the first time. It will involve about 2,000 people ...

Xi Demands “Severe Punishment” for Assailants Who Killed 9 Chinese Miners in Central African Republic

Chinese President Xi Jinping called on the Central African Republic (CAR) to find the attackers who raided a mining company early Sunday morning and killed 9 Chinese nationals. The President called for the perpetrators to receive "severe punishment." It's extremely rare, if not ...

The Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe Takes Aim at Remarks by Washington’s Ambassador-Designate to Harare

The Chinese embassy in Zimbabwe published a blistering response to comments made by U.S. Ambassador-designate Pamela Tremont during her Senate confirmation hearings last week in Washington, D.C. During questioning, Tremont was pressed by senators to contrast China's engagement in Zimbabwe with ...