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It’s Time to Take the BRICS More Seriously

As longtime readers of this column and listeners of our podcasts may know, I've been quite critical of the BRICS in recent years. Beyond the creation of a mid-sized development finance bank, this is a group with few other accomplishments to boast about in its 15-year existence. ...

Dozens of Global South Foreign Ministers Arrive in Western Russia for BRICS+ Gathering

Foreign Ministers from the ten member states of the BRICS+ group, along with their counterparts from across the Global South, are gathering in the western Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod for two days of meetings. In all, some 20-25 countries are expected ...

No, Brazil is Not Targeting Chinese E-Commerce Trade With a 20% Tarrif

News has been circulating online for the past week that Brazil passed a law purportedly imposing a steep tariff on low-cost imports, specifically targeting goods purchased on Chinese e-commerce sites like Shein. According to the German news agency Deutsche Welle: ...

China Claps Back at Biden BRI Diss, Says U.S. Should “Do Something Real” for Africa

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs hit back against U.S. President Joe Biden's criticisms of the Belt and Road Initiative and the insinuation that Beijing is engaging in predatory lending practices in Africa. This latest spat began last week when Time ...

Why Indonesia Courts China For AI Collaboration and How to Make the Most of It

Earlier this year, the Indonesian government declared its intention to bolster collaboration with China in advancing its national artificial intelligence (AI) ecosystem. Nezar Patria, Deputy Minister of Kominfo, said that working together with many countries on the national AI ecosystem “will strengthen Indonesia's position in free ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...