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Serbian Media on Xi Jinping’s Visit to Belgrade

In this edition of the ChinaMed Observer, we analyze the Serbian media debate on relations with China on the occasion of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Belgrade. By Anja Duvnjak and Leonardo Bruni ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Zimbabwe Agreement Could Signal China’s Return to African Rail

TransTech, a subsidiary of China Railway Group, reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) that could lead to a recapitalization of the country’s railway network.
Bloomberg reports that the agreement is currently limited to studying the project and producing a feasibility report by the end of June. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said: “It is our expectation that in the upcoming Forum for China and Africa taking place ...

Chinese Perspectives on the Recent Iran-Israel Clash

By Adam Koi On April 1, 2024, an airstrike against the Iranian embassy complex in Damascus, Syria, destroyed the building housing the Iranian consulate and killed sixteen people, including high-ranking officers of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Although no country officially ...

ChinaMed Observer: Wang Yi’s First Trip of 2024 According to the Egyptian and Tunisian Press

By Mariateresa Natuzzi In this issue of the ChinaMed Observer, we take stock of Tunisian and Egyptian press coverage of Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi’s recent trip to Cairo and Tunis. These visits were the inaugural stops of the ...

Sino-Turkish Competition and Cooperation in the EV Sector

By Ahmet Faruk Işık and Leonardo Bruni Türkiye’s foray into the electric vehicle (EV) industry, especially with the establishment of national electric car manufacturer Togg, has given rise to both collaboration and contrast with China. ...

Examining New Data on Chinese Foreign Direct Investment across the Wider Mediterranean Region

By Leonardo Bruni Here at the ChinaMed Project, we are pleased to announce that we recently updated our database, ChinaMed Data, with the latest figures on Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in the wider Mediterranean region. In this edition of the ...

Israeli Media Reaction to China’s Stance on the Israel-Hamas War

By Amanda Chen As the Israel Defense Forces’ Operation Iron Swords continues in the Gaza Strip, a month after Hamas’ surprise terror attack on southern Israel on October 7, this edition of the ChinaMed Observer delves into the Israeli media’s response ...

Tehran Looks at Beijing’s Position in the Israel-Hamas Conflict

In the early weeks of September, a window of opportunity emerged for a possible reversal in Iranian foreign policy. Ayatollah Khamenei indicated a willingness to explore the idea of a new nuclear deal with the United States, while rumors circulated regarding a potential meeting between Iranian and US delegations in ...

Morocco Looks at Its Relations with China: Between the Earthquake and the Diplomatic Celebrations

By Mariateresa Natuzzi and Léa Gebuhrer In this issue of the ChinaMed Observer, we take stock of Sino-Moroccan relations as the two countries prepare to commemorate the 65th anniversary of their diplomatic ties this November 1st. We examine recent trends in Moroccan press ...

Chinese Media Discuss Bashar al-Assad’s Visit to China

By Andrea Ghiselli Introduction On September 22, seizing the opportunity provided by the visit of Bashar al-Assad to Hangzhou for the 19th Asian Games, China and Syria announced the establishment of a strategic partnership. The joint declaration ...

The China-Mediterranean Observer: Amid a Surge of Palestinian-Israeli Violence, Chinese Optimism About Its Role in the Peace Process Fades

June was a relatively uneventful month for Chinese commentators and journalists covering developments in Sino-Mediterranean relations. Among the few events that garnered significant media attention was the state visit by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to Beijing. In line with the ...

The China-Mediterranean Observer: Iranian, Saudi Commentators Reflect on What’s Next for China’s Role in the Region

In April, news outlets throughout the wider Mediterranean region continued to discuss the “Beijing Agreement”, the recent China-brokered deal between Saudi Arabia and Iran to reestablish official diplomatic relations. Interest in the agreement remained high as the Saudi and Iranian foreign ministers reconvened in Beijing ...
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