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Wang Yi’s Recent Tour of East African and Indian Ocean States Provokes Anxiety Among Indian Analysts

India has long regarded the larger Indian Ocean region and portions of East Africa as within its traditional sphere of influence, at least in relation to China. So, it's not surprising that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's trip earlier this month to five countries in both regions ...

Bhutan’s ‘Disciplined Diplomacy’ Between Two Giants

By Chris Alden and Saniya Kulkarni, LSE IDEAS To be landlocked between two regional giants whilst upholding your own autonomy is no easy feat – and the Kingdom of Bhutan is no stranger to the delicate politics surrounding the borders of ...

India Wants to Replace China as Africa’s Preferred Construction Partner

Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar visited Kenya this week as part of New Delhi's ambitions to become a major development partner to Africa. Like the G7, Jaishankar wants to challenge China's dominance in the African construction market and position Indian contractors as a competitive, more sustainable alternative. ...

India, Africa, and the U.S.-China Rivalry

The United States government is stepping up its effort to mobilize its friends and allies to challenge China's growing influence across large swathes of the Global South. While Southeast Asia is the primary front in this burgeoning rivalry, Africa and the ...

Africa’s Role In the Current India-China Rivalry

Africa is emerging as a front in two great power rivalries, one between China and the U.S. and the other between China and India. The increasingly bitter feud between Asia's two largest countries now extends beyond the sub-continent into the Indian ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

On Pelosi’s Visit, China’s Messaging Machine is Targeting the Global South

China mobilized its entire global messaging machine to protest U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recently concluded visit to Taiwan. Angry reactions have shown up in newspapers across the Global South, from Brazil to Congo to Oman and beyond. 

While the Global South media was going to report on the crisis anyway, the wave of pro-China coverage shows the range of tools Beijing has developed to get its message out there:

China’s FM Spokesman Tries to Cool Tensions Over Reports of “Vaccine Rivalry” With India

The Chinese government appears to be moving to deescalate tensions with India over reports that the two Asian powers are increasingly engaged in a so-called "vaccine rivalry" related to the distribution of COVID-19 jabs to developing countries around the world. ...

India Moves to Challenge China’s Emerging Dominance in C19 Vaccine Distribution in Developing Countries

Developing countries in Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Americas are now the new front in an increasingly contentious struggle between Asia's two continental powers. India and China, both pharmaceutical manufacturing powerhouses, are jostling over who will become the primary supplier of COVID-19 vaccines to many of the ...

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Begins 5-Nation Africa Tour

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will begin a five-nation African tour on Monday in Nigeria in what's now a 30-year old custom of Beijing's top diplomat always starting the year with a visit to the continent. After Nigeria, Wang will fly ...

India’s Response to China’s Ascendance in Africa

Written together with Emma Mawdsley, Director of the Margaret Anstee Centre for Global Studies at Cambridge Univeristy In the hugely popular movie, Wolf Warrior II, the arch-villain confronting our muscular hero, Leng Feng, is a white man called ‘Big Daddy’. The ...

China-Africa 101: Sino-Indian Competition for Influence in African Indian Ocean Islands

In August 2017, China constructed its first overseas base in Djibouti. This gives considerable advantage to China’s ambitions in the Indian Ocean. As CNN reports, the base is near the Bab el Mandeb Strait which is one of the planet’s busiest shipping lanes and one of the ...
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