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China’s Xi Meets Egyptian Leader Sisi in Beijing

President Xi Jinping welcomed Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to Beijing on Wednesday. The Chinese capital is hosting several Arab dignitaries for a forum it hopes will deepen ties with the region. Several Arab leaders are this week visiting Beijing, which ...

France lifts TikTok Ban in New Caledonia as Calm Returns

French authorities on Wednesday said they had lifted a ban on TikTok in New Caledonia, which they suspect is fueling recent unrest in the French Pacific territory. The move came after a state of emergency in New Caledonia ended on Tuesday, ...

China’s Xi Meets Egyptian Leader Sisi in Beijing

President Xi Jinping welcomed Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to Beijing on Wednesday, as the Chinese capital hosts a number of Arab dignitaries for a forum it hopes will deepen ties with the region. Several Arab leaders are this week visiting ...

Chinese FM Meets With Arab Counterparts, Calls for Halt on Attacks on Red Sea Shipping

China's foreign minister devoted much of his day on Tuesday to separate talks with visiting foreign ministers from Sudan and Yemen who were in Beijing for this week's China-Arab States Cooperation Forum. During his meeting with his Yemeni counterpart Shaya Mohsin Zindani, Wang issued ...

China Shows Off Latest Version of Its Weaponized Robot Dog in Cambodia

This year's Golden Dragon 2024 exercises between the Cambodian and Chinese militaries is wrapping up this week. And while this was the first time the two navies engaged in joint maritime drills, the lasting impression of this year's event will likely be that of a robotic dog ...

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Letter From DC: Is Africa Holding Itself Back?

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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-Indonesia Food Security Tie-up Is Strategic. But First, Let’s Talk About Indonesia’s Concerns

The recent collaboration between Indonesia's Ministry of Agriculture (Kementan) and China's National Rice Research Institute (CNRRI) marks a significant step towards enhancing agricultural productivity and ensuring food security in the archipelago. However, several challenges such as cases of illegal fishing, inadequate infrastructure and lingering environmental and ...

China Hosts Arab Leaders at Forum Aimed at Deepening Ties

China on Wednesday hosts a litany of Arab dignitaries and diplomats ahead of a forum Beijing hopes will deepen ties with the region and present a "common voice" on the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Beijing has sought to build closer ...

Chinese Energy Diplomacy in Mali to Increase Renewable Energy Generation

Chinese companies are said to have quietly joined Africa’s renewable energy revolution. In March 2023, China Power Construction Corporation held a special 10-day training program for Mali focused on energy supply chains, including construction and maintenance. It was the 112th such program in a developing nation.