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Two Scholars Try to Clear Up Some of the Confusion Over China’s Response to the Israel-Hamas War

In the days after Palestinian terrorists brutally attacked civilians in southern Israel last October, there were widespread expectations that China was going to play a prominent role in mediating a settlement among the warring parties. Beijing dispatched its Special Envoy ...

China Urges Israel to Stop Military Operation in Rafah “As Soon as Possible”

China urged Israel on Tuesday to stop its military operation in the Gazan city of Rafah "as soon as possible," warning of a "serious humanitarian disaster" there if fighting did not stop. "China follows closely the developments in the Rafah area, ...

China Blames U.S., UK Attacks on Yemen for Worsening Red Sea Crisis

China's ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, accused the United States and Britain of inflicting unnecessary casualties and infrastructure damage in their recent strikes against Houthi targets in Yemen. Zhang spoke out at an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting ...

Beijing Leans Into Ties With Myanmar’s Military Government as Ethnic Rebels Capture More Territory Near Chinese Border

Senior Chinese officials wrapped up a series of high-level talks with the leadership in Myanmar over the weekend amid a worsening insurgency that is now spilling over the border into China. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Sun Weidong concluded a three-day ...

UN Security Council Vote on Gaza Postponed

The UN Security Council pushed back voting on a resolution calling for a pause in violence in Gaza. The delay comes amid fears of another U.S. veto, even though “cease-fire” doesn’t appear in the UAE-sponsored wording of the proposed resolution.

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...

China’s Crisis Diplomacy Is in Overdrive – but to What Effect?

By Lukas Fiala 方朗克 When China’s Horn of Africa Envoy, Xue Bing, returned to Ethiopia earlier this week, he did so in the context of China’s increasingly proactive diplomacy across Africa and the Middle East. From the conflict in Gaza to the peace ...

China: U.S. is Hypocritical When It Claims to Care About the People in Gaza, Yet Vetos Ceasefire Resolutions at the UN

Chinese diplomats and Communist Party (CPC) media outlets blasted the United States for what it calls a double standard of claiming to be concerned about the welfare of Palestinians in Gaza while at the same time vetoing ceasefire resolutions at the United Nations.

Top U.S. and Chinese Diplomats Talk Israel-Hamar War, Bilateral Ties

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed ways to prevent the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza from spreading and agreed to build on recent progress in bilateral ties. “The top priority is to cease fire and to ...

G7 Virtual Meeting With Zelensky Turns Focus to Beijing and South China Sea

The G7 on Wednesday issued a clear warning against China’s military buildup in the South China Sea and stressed that member countries will divest and diversify from China when needed to keep their economies healthy. The wars in Ukraine and the Middle ...

What Can We Learn From China’s Response to the Gaza Crisis?

By Lukas Fiala 方朗克 With a first truce between Israel and Hamas and the initial release of hostages in the headlines, we should begin to draw wider lessons from China’s response to the crisis to enhance our understanding of Beijing’s approach to ...
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