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China Seeks Global South Support for New Governance System as Beijing Undermines Current Rules Based Order, Says U.S. Official

China is freeloading off the current rules-based international order while at the same time undermining the system to suit its agenda to implement an alternate global governance architecture, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday. Daniel Kritenbrink, Washington's top diplomat for ...

Scholars, Analysts Meet in Washington to Discuss China’s Influence in the Global South

Scholars and analysts from around the world gathered at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of The Atlantic Council think tank on Wednesday for a two-day conference focused on evaluating China's growing influence in Asia, Africa, the Americas and other developing regions. The ...

Wang Yi Lays Out Sweeping Foreign Policy Vision Where China Will be a “Force for Stability”

Foreign Minister Wang Yi countered critics who contend Beijing is freeloading off the international system in the Mideast and fueling instability in Asia, saying China will be a "force for stability" in the world. "No matter the changes in the ...

Indian, Chinese FMs Shook Hands and Held a Brief Exchange at Munich Security Conference

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met very briefly with his Indian counterpart S. Jaishankar at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday in an interaction that sparked a lot of buzz in India, but went wholly unnoticed in China. It's probably overstating ...

China’s Contradictory Position At COP28

Keeping track of China’s role at the COP28 climate gathering has been an exercise in sitting with contradiction. On the one hand, China’s the worst! A study released this week showed that Chinese and Indian emissions pushed dangerous heat-trapping emissions 1.1% higher ...

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 ...

China, India Push Emissions Higher as COP28 Struggles with Fossil Fuels

Planet-heating carbon dioxide emissions grew by 1.1% this year, largely driven by an economic resurgence in China, India, and the aviation industry, according to projections by the Global Carbon Budget. The news comes as disputes around how to deal with carbon emissions ...

China Under Pressure at Historic Climate Conference

China and the United States have pledged to work together to advance global climate goals in the runup to the UN’s COP28 climate summit starting on Thursday in the United Arab Emirates. The stakes can hardly be higher: 2023 is the ...

South China Sea Conference Wraps Up in Vietnam With High-Level Speakers From China and Other Countries

The two-day 15th Annual South China Sea International Conference concluded Thursday in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, hosting speakers from dozens of countries, including China. The event took place on the heels of multiple confrontations in the South China Sea between Chinese ...

China’s Special Mideast Envoy Largely Unseen at Cairo Peace Conference

Despite all of the talk over the past year of China's ambitions to be a major player in brokering Mideast peace, Beijing's Special Envoy to the region, Zhai Jun, was largely absent from the emergency discussions on the Israel-Gaza war that took place in Cairo on Saturday. ...

Wang Yi to Challenges Western BRI-Rivals: Bring it On

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a press conference following the closing ceremony of this week’s Belt and Road Forum that summed up the sprawling event as an example of a confident China’s openness to working with the world (and especially the Global South) to boost mutual development.
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