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ChinaMed Observer: Wang Yi’s First Trip of 2024 According to the Egyptian and Tunisian Press

By Mariateresa Natuzzi In this issue of the ChinaMed Observer, we take stock of Tunisian and Egyptian press coverage of Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi’s recent trip to Cairo and Tunis. These visits were the inaugural stops of the ...

Unpacking Wang Yi’s Africa Tour

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi is in Africa this week. It has become a Chinese tradition that FMs make their first overseas trip to Africa. It triggers a second (less red-carpeted) tradition: people like me puzzling over why certain countries were chosen over others. ...

China Is Going Big in Algeria and We Should Pay Attention

By Lukas Fiala With most commentators and analysts playing a rhetorical game of hide and seek with Qin Gang, China’s now-former foreign minister, it’s easy to miss what really mattered over the past week and a half. One event we should ...

Will a Chinese Green Hydrogen Project in Egypt be a Blueprint for Africa?

Egypt and China are seeking to consolidate economic and investment cooperation in various areas of common interest, including clean energy. The China International Energy Group (CIEG) intends to establish a $5 to $8 billion project to produce green hydrogen in the ...

Blinken’s Visit to Algeria Highlights North Africa’s Heightened Geopolitical Importance

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (photo) will cross the border from Morocco to Algeria on Wednesday where he's to meet with President Abdelmadjid Tebboune. And the fact that this is the first visit by a U.S. Secretary of State ...

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 ...

New Data Reveals COVID’s Impact on Chinese Engagement in MENA and Horn of Africa

By Leonardo Bruni The ChinaMed Project's newly-updated China-Medittereanean dataset provides the first insights into the impact that COVID has had on Chinese engagement in the Middle East & North Africa as well as the Horn of Africa regions. The ...

Leading Scholar Argues the Middle East is Pivoting to Regional Cooperation and China

The retreat of the United States is causing a ‘wave of reconciliation' in the Middle East and reorienting these countries towards China. So says Ding Long, a prominent professor at the Middle East Institute at Shanghai University of International Studies.

Right Now There Are Two Chinese Special Envoys on the Move in Africa

Two Chinese Special Envoys are currently touring Africa. Zhai Jun, China's Special Envoy to the Middle East arrived in Sudan late Monday night, his second visit there in a month. Zhai is currently on a week-long tour of Middle East and North African countries ...

China’s Mideast Special Envoy Meets With Arab League Secretary-General

While China's Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Xue Bing, is on a tour of regional capitals, Beijing's other Special Envoy, Zhai Jun, is doing the same in the Middle East. Zhai (second to the right) ...

Iranian Security Service Buys Advanced Video Surveillance Technology From China

One of China's largest video surveillance companies, Tiandy, is reportedly selling large quantities of sophisticated AI-enabled cameras with facial recognition technology to Iran's Revolutionary Guard and other Iranian security services, according to a report published earlier this month by surveillance research group IPVM.
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