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Blinken in Africa This Week Where He Will Try Hard to Avoid Talking About China

One week after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi wrapped up a four-nation visit to Africa, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday embarked on his own week-long, four-stop tour of the continent that will take him to Cabo Verde, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Angola. ...

Wang Yi Wrapped Up LatAm-Caribbean Tour With Stops in Brazil and Jamaica

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi headed back home on Sunday after a ten-day tour of Africa and the Americas that ended in Jamaica, where he met with Prime Minister Andrews Holness. Before arriving in Kingston on Saturday, Wang was in Brazil, ...

How China is Both Benefiting and Suffering From the Houthi Attacks in the Red Sea

Houthi militants in Yemen confirmed on Friday that Chinese and Russian vessels will be granted safe passage through the Red Sea while ships from other countries, particularly those from the U.S. and Europe on their way to/from Israel, will continue to be targeted for attack. ...

Israel’s Ambassador to China Seeks to Maintain Economic Ties Amid Strains Over Gaza War

Israel's ambassador to China, Irit Ben-Abba Vitale, acknowledged that her government and China have not been able to resolve their differences over the war in Gaza but said that she hopes the dispute will not derail economic ties. "We argue on ...

Shake-Up in China’s Maritime Militia in South China Sea

China's informal maritime militia in the South China Sea is reportedly undergoing a "major rotation" with 27 vessels, mostly medium-size fishing ships, heading to disputed areas near the Spratly Islands and Scarborough Shoal. This so-called "maritime militia" is a crucial part ...

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 ...

Tshisekedi Says Restructured Chinese Mining Deal Will Pave the Way for $7 Billion in New Infrastructure

Félix Tshisekedi was sworn in this weekend for a second five-year term following a landslide victory in December in an election that many of his opponents say was stolen. The president took the oath of office on Saturday before a packed ...

Chinese Factories in Ethiopia Close as Business Environment Worsens

The IMF is forecasting the Ethiopian economy will grow 6.2% this year, an impressive figure for a country that is digging itself out of a massive debt hole and recovering from the trauma of a two-year civil war. If the government ...