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2024 Will Set the Tone for the Next Phase of the Africa-China Relationship

As we settle into the new year, the Africa-China community is waiting for the announcement of the Chinese Foreign Minister's traditional first trip of the year, which is always to Africa. This year's visit will be pivotal because it will kick off the official race to the ...

Maldives Leader’s Visit to China Points to Changing Politics in the Indian Ocean Region

The recently-elected president of the tiny Indian Ocean archipelagic state, the Maldives, arrived in China for what will be a closely watched week-long visit. Mohamed Muizzu and his wife, Sajidha Mohamed, landed in the southeastern Chinese province of Fujian on Monday, where ...

Israel Wants to Know How Chinese Weapons Found Their Way Into Hamas’ Arsenal

The Israel Defense Force (IDF) claims that the Islamic militant group Hamas has "massive" stockpiles of Chinese-made weapons that include assault rifles, rocket launchers and advance telecommunications gear. "This is top-grade weaponry and communications technology, stuff that Hamas didn't have before, with ...

Possible Sino-Nigerian Steel Plant

The Chinese company Luan Steel Holding Group and the Nigerian government could work together to set up a steel plant, according to a statement from the country’s Minister of Steel Development, Prince Shuaibu Audu. The statement said the Nigerian federal government ...

Sliding Currency Push Up Kenyan Payments for Chinese Railway

Kenyan tax payers will have to cough up $87 million more for a January repayment of a loan for the Chinese-built Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) because of a depreciation on the value of the Kenyan shilling. According to the World Bank, 

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’s Chief Climate Negotiator Reflects on Progress

As both the world’s largest carbon emitter and a global leader in renewable energy, China plays a key role in climate negotiations. A recent interview with Su Wei, Beijing’s chief negotiator on climate and a pivotal figure at last year’s COP28 ...

How World Politics Look From Beijing: Expert Weighs In

How has China’s view of the world shifted in the last decade? A recent interview with Yan Xuetong, one of China’s most prominent political scientists, provides fascinating answers. Yan is the Director of the Institute of International Relations at Tsinghua University.