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Who Gets to Tell the Africa-China Story?

So much of the framing of Chinese engagement in Africa is done through the prism of Western media, academia, government, and civil society. Stories about debt traps, malign influence, and exploitation are all firmly embedded in the larger discourse about Africa's ...

NATO Boosts Asia Ties in Face of China

By Max Delaney NATO leaders on Thursday sought to bolster ties with Asian partners after slamming China as a "decisive enabler" of Russia's war. At the end of a summit in Washington, they held talks with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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 ...

Hundreds of Filipino Fishers Protest Against Beijing’s South China Sea Claims

Hundreds of protestors marched on the Chinese embassy in Manila on Tuesday to protest against Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea, particularly the disputed Second Thomas Shoal.

Across 34 Countries, Nearly Half Disapprove of Biden’s China Policy, According to New Poll

U.S. President Joe Biden's China policy is getting mixed reviews from people surveyed in 34 countries by the Pew Research Center. Residents in Kenya and Nigeria were most favorable, with 56% and 54% approval ratings respectively. But Washington's tougher engagement strategy ...

Analysts Reflect on the Impact of the Recent China-Arab Forum and Future of China’s Mideast Role

It's been two weeks since Arab leaders gathered in Beijing for the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum and analysts who closely follow Chinese foreign policy in the Mideast have had a chance to digest the outcomes of this year's gathering. Jonathan Fulton, a ...

Nigeria’s Dyed Cloth Traders Feel Heat From China, Inflation

By Kadiatou Sakho Despite the rain pelting Balogun market in Lagos, Ajoke takes her time choosing the tie-dye fabric known as adire that she wants to give as a gift. The popular textile, traditionally dyed ...

‘Selective’ UAE Courting U.S., Not China, on AI: Minister

By Talek Harris The United Arab Emirates is in "complete alignment" with the U.S. on developing artificial intelligence, the oil-rich country's AI minister told AFP, confirming a shift away from China. Omar Al Olama, Minister ...