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China Suspected of Ramping up Spying Capacity in Cuba: Report

China appears to have ramped up its capacity for espionage in Cuba, potentially giving Beijing a window to sensitive military data from Florida, a US think tank said. The Center for Strategic and International Studies analyzed satellite imagery from four sites ...

U.S. Slaps Sanctions on Suspected Drug Cartel Money Launderers in China, Mexico

The U.S. Treasury Department on Monday imposed sanctions against three people in Mexico and China it accused of laundering money for the Sinaloa drug cartel. The sanctions targeted a Mexico-based man named Diego Acosta Ovalle, whom the Treasury accused of "hiding ...

Brazil Expected to Join Belt & Road During VP’s China Tour This Week

Brazilian Vice President Geraldo Alckmin and Chief of Staff Rui Costa arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for a high-profile five-day China tour aimed at boosting economic ties between the two countries. The pair is accompanied by more than 200 Brazilian business ...

Paraguay Leader to Attend Taiwan Inauguration

Paraguay's President Santiago Pena will attend the inauguration of Taiwan's new leader, a high-ranking government official said Thursday. This makes him the first head of state to confirm his presence at the ceremony. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP ...

Wang Yi Wraps Diplomatic Blitz With South American Foreign Ministers

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi concluded a four-day diplomatic sprint with a trio of his counterparts from strategically vital countries in South America. All three foreign ministers from Bolivia, Argentina, and Peru were in Beijing for separate meetings with senior Chinese ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Letter From DC: Is Africa Holding Itself Back?

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.
That said, we’ve had fascinating conversations with very smart folks who focus on Africa, the wider Global South, and China’s role there. One theme ...

Chinese EV Exports to Brazil Surge to Avoid New Tariffs

Brazilian imports of Chinese-made electric vehicles surged by almost 50% in the first quarter of 2024 compared to last year. BYD and other Chinese automakers are rushing to get their vehicles into the market ahead of new import duties that will ...

Argentina’s President Sounds a Lot More Pragmatic About China Than He Did Last Year

Argentina's President Javier Milei provided new clarity on his government's approach to managing ties with China, which were thrown into confusion when he came to power last year. Milei broke with his predecessors who fostered close, cordial ties with Beijing. That ...

China, Paraguay Trade Barbs Over Soy Trade

The Chinese government refuted claims by Paraguayan President Santiago Peña that even though the South American country maintains diplomatic ties with Taiwan, it will nonetheless continue to sell soybeans to China. "Contrary to what President Peña said, China has imported zero soy ...

China Gives Honduras a $275 Million Present on the First Anniversary of Diplomatic Ties

China and Honduras marked the one-year anniversary of the Central American country switching its diplomatic allegiance from Taiwan to China. Chinese Ambassador Yu Bo and Honduran Foreign Minister Eduardo Enrique Reina held a ceremony on Sunday at the Chinese embassy to commemorate the ...

Where Next for Argentina-China Relations?

By Javier Lewkowicz Argentina’s new president Milei has called for shake-ups to the country’s foreign policy, including less cosy ties with China. It won’t be so straightforward. Since taking power in December, the government ...
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