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Iran Denies China Pressured Tehran to Curtail Red Sea Houthi Attacks

The Iranian Foreign Ministry refuted reports that China had called on Tehran to pressure Houthi militants in Yemen to halt attacks on cargo ships transiting through the Red Sea. Spokesman Nasser Kanaani told reporters on Monday that a Reuters report published last ...

Why China is Anxious About the Philippine President’s Visit to Vietnam

Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. began a two-day state visit to Vietnam on Tuesday that will include discussions with his counterpart Võ Văn Thưởng and Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính. Food and maritime issues are expected to top the agenda. Vietnam is one of ...

Infrastructure, Tourism Top Wang Yi’s Agenda During Two Days of Talks With Thai Leaders

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi concluded a two-day visit to Thailand on Monday that included talks with his counterpart Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara and Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin. Wang's visit to Bangkok came at a time of heightened tensions in Southeast Asia amid a worsening ...

DRC Ex-Prez Gets PhD Focusing on China

A PhD dissertation by Joseph Kabila, the former president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has been approved by South Africa’s University of Johannesburg. Kabila was a key architect of the controversial Sicomines deal. His dissertation title is "Geopolitical Turn: USA-China-Russia Rivalry and Implications for ...

Details Of Revamped China-Congo Mining Deal Emerge

Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi surprised many late last week with an announcement that the controversial Sicomines deal has been successfully renegotiated. Tshisekedi had made reworking the controversial resource-for-infrastructure deal with a Chinese consortium that included firms like Sinohydro and ...

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 ...

Pass the Dictionary: Understanding the Various Forms of China’s Economic Engagement

By Lucas Engel and Oyintarelado Moses  The debt challenges among China’s borrowers, as well as China’s shifting approach to lending and investment abroad, are feeding an appetite for data on Chinese financial flows.  However, without a ...

China’s New Investment Priorities in Latin America and the Caribbean

For much of the past year, there's been a lot of talk about China's new leaner, more focused Belt and Road Initiative that goes by the mantra "Smart and Beautiful." The problem is very few people actually know what it looks ...