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South Africa, China Ink Trade Deals Ahead of Xi Visit

South Africa and China signed about $2.2 billion in new trade and economic deals ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s upcoming visit to Johannesburg next week. Xi will be in town for both the BRICS summit and a bilateral state visit. The deals 

India-China Border Talks Resume, Raising Hopes of a Xi-Modi Meeting

China and India held joint talks about their contested border a week before President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will both attend the BRICS summit in Johannesburg. Xi will also travel to New Delhi for G20 meetings next month. Observers see the meetings as a signal of a ...

An Unforgettable Journey on East Africa’s Chinese-Built Railways, Old and New

“You seem to have been working for many years for the TAZARA,” curious about the railway, I asked the old electrician. “I’ve been working for this railway for 30 years.” He was repairing wires between carriages.

Pivot to Asia: Why the Near Abroad is Now China’s Top Priority

For much of the past 20 years, China sought to radically expand its presence beyond its traditional spheres of influence to new regions in Africa, the Americas, and the Middle East. China lent billions to countries in these regions and devoted ...