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Qin Gang Makes First Visit as Foreign Minister to Myanmar, Part of a Week-long Diplomatic Outreach With Border States

The isolated military government in Myanmar got a big boost on Tuesday when Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang made his inaugural visit to the Southeast Asian country, marking the highest-level visit by a Chinese official since the junta overthrew the democratically-elected government in February 2021. ...

Chinese Scholars Say Closer Philippines-U.S. Ties Mark a “Dangerous Signal”

Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and his wife, Louise Araneta-Marcos, met U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris for brunch on Tuesday at her official residence in northwest Washington. D.C. During their talks at the residence, the two reaffirmed the strength of their ...

Chinese Netizens Fret About More Manufacturing Moving to Vietnam While Experts Say There’s No Reason to Worry

A post went viral this week on the Chinese social media platform Weibo that highlighted the growing insecurity in China about the prospect of more manufacturing companies moving their operations overseas in response to the pressures from the United States for companies to diversify their supply chains. ...

Three Chinese Workers in Israel Injured in Palestinian Missile Attack

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip launched a barrage of 22 missiles on the neighboring Israeli city of Sderot on Tuesday, hitting a construction site where three Chinese workers were injured.  One worker was hit by shrapnel and taken to the ...

23 Tons of Kenyan Avocados Sold Out on the Day They Arrived in Hunan Province

Kenyan avocados are once again flowing into the Chinese market, but not soon enough for many buyers who snapped 23 tons of the fruit that arrived last month in the Hunan capital of Changsha in central China. Changsha is fast emerging ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Zimbabwe Agreement Could Signal China’s Return to African Rail

TransTech, a subsidiary of China Railway Group, reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) that could lead to a recapitalization of the country’s railway network.
Bloomberg reports that the agreement is currently limited to studying the project and producing a feasibility report by the end of June. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said: “It is our expectation that in the upcoming Forum for China and Africa taking place ...

China Now Getting Serious About Global South Debt Relief Because “They Are Now Being Burned” Says IMF Chief

The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Kristalina Georgieva, is once again signaling that China is now serious about participating in multilateral debt restructuring efforts for the world's poorest countries. Georgieva said on Monday that Beijing's reluctance to accept losses ...

Chinese-funded, Constructed Sakaï Solar Plant Powers up Central Africa Republic

The Central African Republic (CAR)’s first photovoltaic power plant is now operational following the successful launch of operation of the Sakaï Solar Power Plant last week. In the CAR, power cuts sometimes last 16 hours a day, badly hitting the ...

New African Debt Database Shows Chinese Loans Are Cheap, But Not the Cheapest

Researchers at the Kiel Institue for the World Economy in Germany launched a new database of African debt that confirms a key Chinese talking point: Beijing's loans to African countries are significantly cheaper than those of commercial creditors. However, David Mihalyi and ...