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China’s Nascent Mideast Diplomacy At Risk of Becoming Casualty of War

By Eric Olander, CGSP Editor-in-Chief Ever since China helped negotiate a détente between Saudi Arabia and Iran last April, Beijing and its supporters have spent the past six months promoting themselves as skilled Mideast peace brokers that can succeed where others ...

China “Should Have Taken a Stronger Stand” Against Hamas Attack, Says Israeli Diplomat in Beijing

China was among the last of the major powers to respond to the large-scale surprise attack by Hamas on Saturday that triggered an all-out war with Israel. And when the Foreign Ministry did issue a statement on Sunday, it was promptly derided by ...

Dissecting the Chinese Statement on the Israel-Palestinian Conflict for Clues to Beijing’s Next Steps

China analysts are parsing through the Chinese Foreign Ministry's statement on the Israel-Palestinian conflict to look for clues on which way Beijing will go in how it responds to the war. Wen-Ti Sung, a lecturer in the Taiwan Studies Program at ...

Terrified Chinese Students in Israel Provided Near-Realtime Coverage of Saturday’s Hamas Attack

Dozens of Chinese students in Israel had a clear view of Saturday's surprise attack by Palestinian militants. As Hamas fighters made their way into Israeli cities, a number of students pointed their telephones over their balconies to record what was happening and then uploaded the footage to ...

Kenya’s Longshot Request for Chinese Financial Assistance and Debt Relief

Kenyan President William Ruto is preparing to make a longshot billion-dollar request for badly-needed financial assistance in a bid to bolster his country's ailing economy. Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua said Ruto will submit the request in person when he travels to Beijing later this month. Although he ...

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 ...

DRC President Inaugurates New Chinese-Built Hydropower Plant

Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi opened the floodgates of the new Busanga hydropower station on the Lualaba River in southern Lualaba province's copper/cobalt belt. There's a certain irony in Tshisekdi inaugurating this particular project given that it's part of the massive $6 billion ...

Lots of People Are Confused About Indonesia’s Decision to Ban E-Commerce on TikTok. Here’s Why They Did It.

The Indonesian government last week outlawed the use of TikTok to sell goods online goods, delivering a massive blow to the Chinese social media giant in its fastest-growing market in Southeast Asia. Since the ban went into effect last Wednesday, there's ...

Southeast Asian Vacation Spots Wait for Chinese Tourists Who Seem More Content to Stay Home

The number of Chinese tourists that went abroad during last week’s normally bustling holiday break was significantly below pre-pandemic levels and even fell short of official forecasts, raising more concerns about the country’s tightened consumer spending. While a rare confluence of ...