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China Tries to Keep Iran, Saudi Arabia Relations in Balance Amid Surging Mideast Tensions

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi worked the phones on Monday in a bid to stabilize ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia, which are now under intense pressure following Tehran's missile attack on Israel over the weekend. Wang held separate calls with 

Bridging the $3 Trillion Investment Gap: Debt Relief and the Race to Achieve the SDGs and Paris Agreement

By Marina Zucker-Marques This week, policymakers, civil society leaders, researchers, and others will gather in Washington, D.C., for the 2024 International Monetary Fund (IMF)/World Bank Group Spring Meetings. The meetings come as many ...

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 ...

Wang Yi Focuses On Middle East During North African Stops

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi touched down in Tunisia, the second stop on his annual African tour. Tensions in the Middle East dominated the first part of the trip, with Wang calling for a peace conference to deal with the Israel crisis. ...

On Tour in Africa and Latin America-Caribbean: Analyzing Wang Yi’s First Foreign Visits of 2024

By Oyintarelado Moses Every year, the Chinese foreign minister launches China’s first foreign policy visit with a trip to Africa, but this year, the tour is slightly different. From January 13-22, Chinese foreign minister Wang ...

Ethiopia Restates Support for One-China Policy Amid Somaliland Spat

The Ethiopian Foreign Ministry issued a statement reaffirming its support for the One China Policy. This follows China expressing support for Somalia after Ethiopia’s deal with Somaliland to lease 20 kilometers of coastline in exchange for diplomatic recognition. Ethiopia reportedly wants to build a naval base and commercial port ...

Beijing’s Two Regional Flashpoints Send Warm Exchanges as Philippines’s Marcos Congratulates Taiwan’s Lai on Presidential Win

To those who may not follow the way countries phrase their wording about Taiwan to avoid causing an uproar from Beijing, Monday’s congratulations from Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to Taiwan presidential election winner Lai Ching-te may seem mere pedestrian diplomatic chatter. ...

Indonesia 2024 Presidential Election Infographic: Candidates Debate South-South Cooperation, South China Sea, and Foreign Debts

In four weeks, Indonesians will head to the polls. Indonesia’s elections body, the General Elections Commission, is hosting a total of five presidential debates during the campaign season for the candidates to discuss a wide range of topics. The three presidential candidates ...

South African Chinese Community Complains About Police Harassment

A video of South African police officers hitting someone filming them and forcibly arresting the person has gone viral on Chinese social media in South Africa. The video went viral after being shared online by the prominent journalist and social activist Yusuf ...

Unpacking Wang Yi’s Africa Tour

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi is in Africa this week. It has become a Chinese tradition that FMs make their first overseas trip to Africa. It triggers a second (less red-carpeted) tradition: people like me puzzling over why certain countries were chosen over others. ...