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Antony Blinken’s Africa-China Talking Points Sound Awfully Familiar…

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken took a break from his tour of Africa for an interview with Radio France Internationale in Abidjan. Biden administration officials have generally steered away from openly criticizing Africa’s engagement with China. However, when the inevitable ...

Global Split At China’s Human Rights Review

The UN Human Rights Council’s current hearing on China’s human rights record is exposing a global split. The Universal Periodic Review process happens once every 4.5 years for all member states. However, China’s turn has drawn particular attention, with numerous countries lining ...

Chinese Press Dismisses Blinken’s Africa Tour

The reaction in China to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s trip to Ivory Coast, Cape Verde, Nigeria, and Angola has been relatively muted. The trip is likely seen as sensitive, which means that commentary is mostly appearing in the foreign policy-facing press.

Frantic Attempts to Rescue Seven Workers Trapped in Chinese Mine in Zambia

Zambian authorities are rushing to pump water and mud from a Chinese-owned mine in time to rescue five Zambian and two Chinese workers trapped underground. The workers were caught by an inrush of water on Monday at the Macrolink mine, about ...

China in Damage-Control Mode in Pakistan

Sun Weidong, China’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, had a high-profile meeting in Pakistan, days after tit-for-tat airstrikes between the South Asian country and Iran killed at least twelve people. The ostensible reason for Sun’s visit was to improve cooperation around the ...

German President in Vietnam to Lessen Dependence on China

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is in Vietnam with a delegation of business executives. While Germany is already heavily invested in the Southeast Asian country, the visit feeds into Berlin’s larger mission to “de-risk” its relationship with China. Steinmeier will discuss investment deals ...

China Gathers Global South Support for UN Human Rights Review

The Chinese government is reportedly lobbying non-Western countries to support its human rights record as it faces a United Nations Human Rights Council review on Tuesday. Diplomats told Reuters that China’s mission to the UN in Geneva sent memos to counterparts ...

The Real Challenge Facing Antony Blinken in Africa

It has become customary, as the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken tours Africa, to rebuff journalists’ endless questions about China. Senior officials have made it clear that, unlike the Trump era, the Biden administration doesn’t want to put China threat narratives at the heart of their engagement ...

U.S. Bill Targets China’s Critical Mineral Stake

U.S. senators introduced legislation that would make federal agencies regularly track critical mineral and rare earth deposits around the world and who controls them. The Critical Minerals Security Act of 2024 would highlight when a deposit is controlled by “a foreign ...

Zambian and Chinese Miners Trapped Underground

Seven miners, including five Zambians and two Chinese nationals, are reportedly stuck in Zambia’s Chinese-owned Macrolink Mine.  The mine is still under construction and hasn’t been commissioned yet. The miners are trapped 235 meters below the surface by rising water. One ...
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