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Indian, Chinese Blue Helmet Troops in Sudan Face Off in Tug-of-War Competition

A rare display of military camaraderie took place this week between Indian and Chinese blue helmet soldiers stationed in Sudan, where the two sides faced off in a friendly tug-of-war competition (India won).

Beijing Half Marathon Runners Stripped of Medals After Controversial Finish

The top three in Sunday's Beijing half marathon have been stripped of their medals, organizers said, following an investigation into the finish that saw China's He Jie controversially win. He crossed the line first in a bizarre finish after the Kenyans ...

There’s a Simple Explanation Why Three Runners From Kenya and Ethiopia Allowed a Chinese National to Win the Beijing Half Marathon

The organizers of the Beijing half marathon said Monday they were investigating after footage, shared widely online, appeared to show three African runners deliberately allowing China's He Jie to win. Video clips of Sunday's race showed the Kenyans, Robert Keter and ...

Chinese Firm Wins Contract to Build New Sports Stadium in Tanzania

The Tanzanian government awarded China Railway Construction Engineering Group a $113 million contract to build a new soccer stadium in the northern city of Arusha. The stadium will be used for the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations finals. While China has ...

China Fumes Over Messi, Cancels Argentina Friendly With Ivory Coast

Chinese authorities in the eastern city of Hangzhou are so upset with soccer superstar Lionel Messi that they've decided to cancel a match of his scheduled for next month. This follows the Argentinian forward's refusal to play during an exhibition match in Hong Kong last week, purportedly ...

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Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

Argentina and Ghana to Play a Friendly in Beijing Next Month

Argentina officially confirmed on Wednesday that it will play an international friendly against Ghana's Black Stars in Beijing on March 26th. China-Argentina relations have been wobbly since the recent election as president of China hawk Javier Milei, who withdrew the country ...

Ghanaian Winger Frank Acheampong Slaps Opponent in Chinese Super League Match in Response to Alleged Racial Insults

Ghanaian footballer Frank Acheampong apparently reached a breaking point on Friday when the Shenzhen FC winger slapped a member of the opposing team in response to alleged racial slurs. The 29-year was ejected from the match for violent behaviour, his first-ever ...

Messi Shouts Out Chinese Fans on Taobao

Argentinian football phenom Lionel Messi appealed to his Chinese fans in the most Chinese way possible: via a live appearance on the giant e-commerce platform Taobao.  Flanked by Chinese e-commerce influencers, Messi wished Chinese fans a "happy Dragon Boat Festival." While ...

Chinese World Cup Broadcast Doesn’t Show Maskless Crowds

When Chinese football fans turned on their TVs to watch World Cup matches from Qatar, there was a sense of disbelief over how tens of thousands of maskless fans were all packed together in stadiums while millions of Chinese compatriots at home are still confined ...

Qatar Reverses Decision to List Taiwan as a Province of China

World Cup organizers in Qatar appear to have reversed a decision to list ticket holders from Taiwan as being from China. Earlier this week, the Foreign Ministry in Taipei said it was "unacceptable" that its residents ...
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