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U.S. Effort to Catch Up With China in the South Pacific Gets Off to Bumpy Start

U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday welcomed leaders from 11 South Pacific island nations to the White House for a two-day summit that is widely seen as a critical part of Washington's effort to match China's growing influence in the region. ...

The China-Mediterranean Observer: How China looks at the Med

The most interesting articles published in Chinese media in August revolve around the future of the Iranian nuclear deal and, more broadly, Iran’s role in the Middle East. Chinese experts also commented on the end of France’s Operation Barkhane in Mali, as well as the rising great ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Climate Sweet, Climate Bitter

Last week it was Pakistan, this week South Florida. The climate collapse is like a monstrous four-dimensional version of whack-a-mole. You never know where – or how – it will hit. But the hits keep coming.

With the damaged Nord Stream pipeline (and the Global North’s unmitigated hydrocarbon dependence it represents) bubbling away in the Baltic Sea, U.S. climate czar John Kerry’s high-handed comments to the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment earlier this month ...

Chinese National Killed, Two Others Injured When Gunman Opened Fire in a Karachi Dental Clinic

Pakistani authorities now believe that a gunman "singled out and targeted" an ethnically Chinese-owned dental clinic in Karachi in an attack that killed one and injured two. Police say all three of the ...

China’s Envoy to Nairobi Meets With Head of Kenya’s New Ruling Party

A meeting this week between the general secretary of Kenya's new ruling party, the United Democratic Alliance, and China's envoy to Nairobi provides a fresh reminder of the dual roles that Chinese ambassadors play in their assigned countries. Zhou Pingjiang represents ...

China-Pakistan Talks on Post-Flood Recovery Start Amid U.S.-China Sniping

China’s Foreign Ministry clapped back at U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s call to Pakistan “to engage China on some of the important issues of debt relief and restructuring so that Pakistan can more quickly recover from the floods.” ...

68 Global South Countries Give China Human Rights Cover at the UN

In what’s becoming a standard tactic, China used its support across the Global South to counter a proposal from a U.S.-led group of rich democracies for a special debate in the UN Human Rights Council on China’s anti-Uyghur measures in Xinjiang. The measure followed 

Free Trade Agreements, China and the Art of Small State Diplomacy

By Jorge Heine The story goes that during the negotiation of the China-Chile free trade agreement (FTA) in 2005, Chile was keen to include wine, one of its leading export products, in the list of duty-free items, but China was reluctant ...

How Powerful is China in Zimbabwe? New Report Counts the Ways

The prominent Zimbabwean environmental NGO, the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA), published a new policy brief mapping China's influence in key Zimbabwean economic sectors, including extractives, utilities and power. ZELA has been sharply critical of Chinese ...

China Continues Gulf Diplomacy

China’s Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Deng Li, met with ambassadors from the Gulf Cooperation Council countries on Monday. Envoys from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, and other member countries joined the meeting, which reportedly touched on the ongoing crisis in Yemen, among other (unspecified) topics. 

Why the U.S. And Israel Are Not Aligned on China

Israel and China are reportedly in the final stages of negotiating a free trade agreement that both sides say will be done before the end of the year. This may come as a surprise to some given how relations between the ...

New Clues About China’s “Security Through Development” Strategy After Uganda Meeting

Xue Bing, China's Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, wrapped up a four-nation tour of the region on Friday in Uganda following a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni at the State House in Entebbe. One would expect someone ...

New Kenyan Government “Has No Plans to Scale Down Collaboration With China,” Says National Assembly Speaker

Speculation that newly-elected Kenyan President William Ruto would pull back on ties with China, as he hinted during his election campaign, was quelled last week when the president's ally in the National Assembly, Speaker Moses Wetangula, met with Ambassador Zhou Pingjian and said there are "
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