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WEEK IN REVIEW: Russia Building New Trade Routes to Asia to Circumvent International Sanctions

Russia is building new trade routes to Asia that will circumvent international sanctions by crossing the Arctic and passing through Iran to the Indian Ocean. The new routes will cut transport times to China and India by up to 50% while avoiding dangerous passages like the Red Sea. 

Beijing Half Marathon Runners Stripped of Medals After Controversial Finish

The top three in Sunday's Beijing half marathon have been stripped of their medals, organizers said, following an investigation into the finish that saw China's He Jie controversially win. He crossed the line first in a bizarre finish after the Kenyans ...

China’s Engagement in the Global South: Three Lessons From Fiji’s China Policing Deal Volte-Face

By Innocent Batsani-Ncube When Sitiveni Rabuka was elected Fiji's Prime Minister after a very close parliamentary vote in December 2022,  expectations were high — especially in Australia and other Western capitals — that his government would make good on his election campaign commitment to ...

China to Play ‘Constructive Role’ to Ease Tensions After Reported Strike on Iran

China said Friday that it will "continue to play a constructive role to de-escalate" tensions in the Middle East after Iranian media reported explosions heard near the city of Isfahan and US media quoted officials saying Israel had carried out retaliatory strikes on its arch-rival.

U.S.-China Competition for Africa’s Critical Resources

China maintains a massive lead over the U.S. and other G7 countries in both mining and refining capacity in Africa, a key vulnerability that policymakers in the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere say they're determined to rectify.

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Letter From DC: Is Africa Holding Itself Back?

Greetings from Washington, DC,
Whoo boy…We picked a doozy of a week to be in town. The overlapping reverberations from leadership fights within the Democratic Party, the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, and the announcement of JD Vance as his vice-presidential candidate are understandably focusing attention inwards.

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China, Thailand Flock to Laos’ Rivers for Electricity

Pak Beng is a small, sleepy town north of Laos. Little happens in this town except when the slow boat emerges on the Mekong River pier at six in the evening. When that happens, shops, bars, and restaurants near the pier come alive to greet arriving tourists. ...

Pro-China Local Leader Ousted in Solomon Islands Election: Early Results

Beijing's bid to build influence across the Solomon Islands hit a major snag Friday, with the pro-China premier of the Pacific nation's most populous province set to lose his seat in country-wide elections. Malaita premier Martin Fini, who has overseen the ...