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Wang Yi Discusses Mideast Conflict on the Sidelines of UN Security Council Gathering in New York

China's top diplomat Wang Yi rallied support for Beijing's position on the war in the Middle East during separate talks with the foreign ministers from Brazil and Malaysia. Wang thanked Mauro Vieira for Brazil's support during China's presidency of the Security Council ...

Wang Yi Presents New (Old) Proposal at the UN Security Council to Resolve Mideast War

China used the last remaining hours of its month-long presidency of the United Nations Security Council to convene a high-level dialogue on the Israel-Hamas war. Foreign Minister Wang Yi led the discussion on Wednesday in New York, where he presented the ...

The Longer the Israel-Hamas War Goes, the Worse It Is for China’s Interests in the Middle East, Says Scholar

Prior to the horrific terrorist attacks by Hamas on civilians in southern Israel on October 7th, China presented itself as a burgeoning diplomatic power in the region that was gearing up to take on a larger role brokering peace deals across the Middle East. ...

China Under Pressure at Historic Climate Conference

China and the United States have pledged to work together to advance global climate goals in the runup to the UN’s COP28 climate summit starting on Thursday in the United Arab Emirates. The stakes can hardly be higher: 2023 is the ...

How Does China Rank in Climate Finance?

One of the most fractious fights at the COP28 summit is likely to be the developed world’s failure to meet its commitment of $100 billion in climate finance per year. China’s rapid growth is increasing pressure on it to contribute more to this ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...

China Unveils World’s Largest Solar Plant in UAE Ahead of Climate Summit

The United Arab Emirates inaugurated a massive Chinese-built solar power facility just ahead of the COP28 climate summit kicking off in Dubai this week. The two-gigawatt Al Dhafra Solar Photovoltaic Project is the world’s largest single-site solar plant. It contains 4 million solar panels, ...

China-Myanmar Naval Drills Follow Beijing’s Dispatching of Troops to Restive Border Region

China and Myanmar are conducting joint naval drills as the junta government loses ground to militia groups in its northeast border region with China. The maritime exercises come days after China conducted its own land-based drills in Yunnan Province near its ...