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China Gathers Global South Support for UN Human Rights Review

The Chinese government is reportedly lobbying non-Western countries to support its human rights record as it faces a United Nations Human Rights Council review on Tuesday. Diplomats told Reuters that China’s mission to the UN in Geneva sent memos to counterparts ...

Report: Chinese Investment Trends in Latin America Reveal Priorities of the New, More Strategic BRI

China's investments in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are undergoing a dramatic shift away from large-scale infrastructure projects towards more strategic sectors like critical minerals, telecommunications and renewable energy, according to the findings of a new report by the Washington, D.C.-based think tank Inter-American Dialogue.

The Real Challenge Facing Antony Blinken in Africa

It has become customary, as the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken tours Africa, to rebuff journalists’ endless questions about China. Senior officials have made it clear that, unlike the Trump era, the Biden administration doesn’t want to put China threat narratives at the heart of their engagement ...

U.S. Bill Targets China’s Critical Mineral Stake

U.S. senators introduced legislation that would make federal agencies regularly track critical mineral and rare earth deposits around the world and who controls them. The Critical Minerals Security Act of 2024 would highlight when a deposit is controlled by “a foreign ...

Zambian and Chinese Miners Trapped Underground

Seven miners, including five Zambians and two Chinese nationals, are reportedly stuck in Zambia’s Chinese-owned Macrolink Mine.  The mine is still under construction and hasn’t been commissioned yet. The miners are trapped 235 meters below the surface by rising water. One ...

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 ...

Chinese Embassy in Namibia Exploits Workers: Activist

China’s embassy in Namibia rejected allegations by a labor activist that Namibian staff are consistently underpaid and exploited. Michael Amushelelo (a leader in the socialist Namibian Economic Freedom Fighters movement) wrote in a Facebook post that the embassy grossly underpays workers, refuses to ...

Why Vietnam is Not “In Play” in the U.S.-China Rivalry

There was a lot of speculation in the U.S. last year that an upgrade of diplomatic ties with Vietnam would prompt Hanoi to be more aligned with Washington in its rivalry with China. While ...