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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 ...

Sexy, Sexy Cold War

Years in a media studies grad school have condemned me to always be haunted by the gap between real-life tragedy and its afterlife as a media narrative. In this vein, it recently struck me that the real-life horror, pain, dislocation and ...

Xi Bets on Global South in Moscow

Today is a public holiday in South Africa – Human Rights Day. There’s a certain irony in spending the day focusing on China’s President Xi Jinping’s visit to Vladimir Putin, knee-deep in a human rights disaster. What one makes of the ...

South Africa Begins Controversial Naval Exercises With Russia and China

The South African navy kicked off ten days of drills in the Indian Ocean on Friday with visiting warships from Russia and China. The naval exercises, known as Operation Mosi II, have sparked considerable outrage among civil society groups and opposition ...

It’s the West’s Fault, Not Russia’s There Are Food Shortages in Africa, According to Chinese State Media

Chinese state media is promoting the narrative that the worsening food crisis in Africa is due to Western sanctions against Russia rather than because Moscow invaded a sovereign country. CGTN published a short clip on Tuesday of an ...

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 ...

Chinese Scholars Map the Future of Africa-China Relations

How are Africa-China relations changing in response to crises like Ukraine? Few are more preoccupied with this issue than China’s Africa scholars. The Africa Research Group of the Eurasia Systems Science Society, which includes some of the most prominent Africa scholars in China, recently hosted a conference ...

China, Kazakhstan Worry About “Spillover” From the War In Ukraine to Countries in Central Asia

Concerns that the ongoing war in eastern Ukraine will spread to Central Asia was a key topic of conversation on Tuesday during talks between Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Wang also issued a ...

USAID Head’s House Testimony A Glimpse of U.S.-China Polarization

The United States’ development agenda in the Global South is increasingly dominated by the determination to contain China’s global influence. This became clear during budget testimony on Wednesday by Samantha Power, the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) at the House Foreign ...

Tanzanian Presidential Visit to Washington Raises Questions about Africa Focus

Press coverage of Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s meeting with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris in Washington DC on Friday revealed how geopolitics are reshaping U.S.-Africa relations. While Tanzanian coverage of the meeting focused on investment pledges, Voice of America framed the visit in the context ...

Will the Ukraine Conflict Lead to a Russia-China-Africa Bloc?

The global blockade of Russia due to its invasion of Ukraine could unite it with China and Africa in a ‘non-democratic bloc’ that could encircle Europe. This was the conclusion of a new report by the French corporate and investment bank Natixis, which has drawn derision online. ...
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