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China’s Special Envoy Will Go to the Middle East This Week to Push For Peace Talks

China's Special Envoy to the Middle East, Zhai Jun, will reportedly travel to the region this week to meet with key stakeholders in a longshot attempt to push for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. China's state broadcaster CCTV announced the ...

China Not be Ready for Primetime Mideast Mediation But Will Still Benefit From War’s Politics, Say Experts

China's evolving position on the war between Israel and Hamas provoked considerable discussion over the weekend from leading scholars and analysts around the world: PARALYSIS: For a while at least, Beijing’s Middle East policy is paralyzed by the war. The ...

World Leaders Descend on Beijing Before Tuesday’s Belt and Road Forum Kickoff

Top officials from around the world are arriving in Beijing this week for the third Belt and Road forum, which comes as China celebrates the 10th anniversary of the signature infrastructure initiative. Some 130 representatives are expected to attend. The gathering ...

Philippines Accuses China of ‘Dangerous Manoeuvres’ in South China Sea

The Philippines asked China to cease “dangerous maneuvers and aggressive actions” in the South China Sea, as Beijing controversially brought out a navy ship into the disputed waters and tensions continued to escalate. The incident marks the latest confrontation ...

Chinese Loans Had Clear Development Impact in Africa: Report

The adjustment of Chinese lending to Africa and other parts of the Global South in line with changing economic conditions at home will open space for other countries, said IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva. Speaking at a 

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

China State Media Launches New BRI Outreach Program to Africa

Outreach from China’s state media to African counterparts has gained new energy in the run-up to this week’s Belt and Road Forum. China’s state-owned media house China Media Group on Sunday announced the release of a “China-Africa media action initiative about the Belt and Road ...

China Largely Abandons Neutrality Stance in Israel-Hamas War as Beijing Ramps Up Mideast Diplomacy

After initially declaring its neutrality in the war between Israel and Hamas that erupted on October 7, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke out forcefully in defense of the Palestinians and accused the Jewish State of going "beyond self-defense."

Poor Countries Seek Bilateral Debt-Relief Efforts After Rebuf From IMF and World Bank

The International Monetary Fund's director dismissed calls debt cancellation from Ghana, Nigeria and other countries on the continent, saying it would adversely impact domestic creditors. (INVESTING) ETHIOPIA: After receiving debt relief from China, Ethiopia is reviving ...

An Empirical Perspective on Ten Years of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

By Kevin P. Gallagher China’s Belt Road Initiative (BRI) – the ambitious and loosely defined program of overseas investment, economic integration, and South-South Cooperation – turns ten this month. A plethora of stories have abounded since the onset of the ...