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China Says Hopes ICC Will Be ‘Objective’ After Warrants Sought for Israel, Hamas Leaders

China said Tuesday it hoped the International Criminal Court would uphold an "objective" position after a prosecutor requested arrest warrants for leaders from Israel, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Islamist movement Hamas. The International Criminal Court's prosecutor Karim Khan ...

A Pariah in the West, Putin Finds Fans in Beijing

By Ludovic Ehret Beijingers praised Vladimir Putin's "charisma" on Thursday and expressed hopes that China would deepen ties with Moscow as the Russian leader paid a two-day visit. Putin's war in Ukraine, which began with ...

Philippines Defense Chief Says Military Must Evolve Fast

The Philippine military must evolve fast because of threats to a "free and open" Asia-Pacific region, Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro said Friday at the end of annual exercises with the United States. Teodoro, whose comments were made amid a festering maritime ...

China Says Envoy Held Talks on Ukraine War in Middle East

China's Eurasia envoy has wrapped up a third round of shuttle diplomacy over the war in Ukraine, Beijing said Friday, as it seeks to position itself as a mediator in the conflict. China, which claims to be a neutral party in ...

Franco-Chinese Joint Statement Reflects Subtle, Yet Important Shifts in Beijing’s Stance on the Israel-Hamas War

France and China published a joint statement this week on "the situation in the Middle East" that contained a number of important policy shifts in Beijing's approach to the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Since ...

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 Urges Israel to ‘Stop Attacking Rafah’

China on Tuesday urged Israel to "stop attacking Rafah", after the Israeli army said it took "operational control" of the Palestinian side of the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt. "China... strongly calls on Israel to heed the overwhelming demands ...

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 ...

China Says Palestinian Rivals Hamas and Fatah Met for Talks in Beijing

China said Tuesday that rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah met in Beijing recently for "in-depth and candid talks on promoting intra-Palestinian reconciliation". "Representatives of the Palestine National Liberation Movement and the Islamic Resistance Movement recently came to Beijing," foreign ministry ...

Philippines Says China Coast Guard Used Water Cannon on Its Vessels

By Allison Jackson The Philippines said the China Coast Guard used water cannon on two of its vessels on Tuesday, causing damage to one of them, during a patrol near a reef off the Southeast Asian country.

Chinese Satellites Track the Destruction in Gaza

Nearly 60% of all the buildings in Gaza have been destroyed since the beginning of the war between the Palestinian-militant group Hamas and Israel on October 7th, according to Chinese satellite imagery. Scholars from Wuhan University presented their findings last week ...
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