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Dissecting China’s Response to Iran’s Drone Attack on Israel

China's rather subdued response to Iran's weekend attack on Israel is loaded with strategic complexity. William Figueroa, an assistant professor at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and one of the world's foremost scholars on Sino-Iran relations, posted a multi-part ...

‘It Worries Me Deeply’: Five Chinese Experts on Climate Change

By China Dialogue We asked five environmental experts from academia and civil society what they made of the Year of the Rabbit, and what they were most proud of. Last year the world was warmer ...

China Uses Debt-Free Infrastructure Financing Model in Cambodia. It Ended up Being Popular

Cambodians are eagerly waiting for the country’s first waterway system, the Funan Techo Canal, to kick off construction scheduled late this year. Aside from the excitement for economic benefits that the canal promises, it has also brought more attention to the project’s investment scheme called Build-Operate-Transfer ...

The Strategy Behind Vietnam’s Decision to Back China’s “Common Destiny” Agenda

Xi Jinping's "Community of Common Destiny" is little more than a slogan for a lot of international observers but that thinking may be out of date now that China is using it as a core organizing principle of its foreign policy. ...

Smaller and Greener? New Data Reveals a Shift in Chinese Loans to Africa

By Victoria Yvonne Bien-Aimé, Lucas Engel and Oyintarelado Moses A combination of economic shocks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the policy shift to a greener high-quality Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has translated into a substantial decline in large-scale Chinese loan ...

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 ...

U.S.-Based Analysts Reflect on This Week’s BRICS Summit and What It Says About the Current State of International Relations

As the BRICS summit draws to a close in Johannesburg, international affairs analysts at prominent U.S.-based think tanks and universities are reflecting on many of the key takeaways from the three-day event: WEST'S FAILURE: "The enthusiasm of many developing ...

DC’s Think Tanks Mobilize for Rapid Response to the China- Brokered Iran-Saudi Arabia Pact

Given that China and the Mideast are two of the three primary obsessions among U.S.-based national security think tanks (Russia being the third, of course), it shouldn't be a huge surprise that analysts reacted very fast with their assessment of Friday's rapprochement between Iran and Saudi Arabia. ...

Toxic Politics to Blame if G20’s Debt Relief Efforts Fail, Says Deborah Brautigam

Vulnerable societies like Zambia could be crushed if geopolitics are allowed to hijack debt renegotiation processes. So warns the Africa-China and debt expert Deborah Brautigam in a recent article in Foreign Affairs. The article is very useful for those following the ...

Background: Why China-Iran Relations Are a Lot More Complicated Than They Appear

Bill Figueroa is a research associate at the University of Cambridge Centre for Geopolitics and is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost experts on China-Iran relations. The analysis below is copied from a 12-part thread that he published on Twitter and has been ...

China-IMF Impasse in Sri Lanka “Has to be Broken, One Way or Another,” Says Debt Expert

Brad Setser, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a noted sovereign debt expert, wrote a brief analysis of why the China Exim Bank's offer of a two-year debt moratorium is "insufficient". (The following transcript has been lightly ...
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