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Chinese Embassy in Kenya Hosts Unusual Event About Taiwan

The Chinese embassy in Kenya hosted an unusual forum on Monday that focused on Beijing's already well-known position regarding the status of Taiwan. Ambassador Zhou Pingjian apparently wanted to make it very clear to the nearly two dozen senior officials, MPs, and ...

UPDATE: Paraguay, Pacific Island Leaders to Attend Taiwan Inauguration

Eight heads of state will be among the 51 international delegations attending the inauguration of Taiwan's new leader next week, Taipei said Friday. Incoming president Lai Ching-te will be sworn in on Monday against a backdrop of increasing diplomatic and military ...

Paraguay Leader to Attend Taiwan Inauguration

Paraguay's President Santiago Pena will attend the inauguration of Taiwan's new leader, a high-ranking government official said Thursday. This makes him the first head of state to confirm his presence at the ceremony. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP ...

Taiwan Slams Bolivia for Quake Solidarity With China

Taiwan's foreign minister lashed out at Bolivia on Saturday for expressing solidarity with China following an earthquake that struck the island Beijing views as its own. At least ten people were killed and more than 1,100 injured by the magnitude 7.2 ...

China-Somalia Ties Appear on the Mend After Mogadishu Broke With Beijing on Xinjiang

China's point man for the Horn of Africa, Special Envoy Xue Bing, wrapped up a two-day visit to Mogadishu on Tuesday, during which he met separately with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre. The President thanked Xue for ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Zimbabwe Agreement Could Signal China’s Return to African Rail

TransTech, a subsidiary of China Railway Group, reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) that could lead to a recapitalization of the country’s railway network.
Bloomberg reports that the agreement is currently limited to studying the project and producing a feasibility report by the end of June. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said: “It is our expectation that in the upcoming Forum for China and Africa taking place ...

China, Paraguay Trade Barbs Over Soy Trade

The Chinese government refuted claims by Paraguayan President Santiago Peña that even though the South American country maintains diplomatic ties with Taiwan, it will nonetheless continue to sell soybeans to China. "Contrary to what President Peña said, China has imported zero soy ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Tuvalu’s New Government Reaffirmed Its Support for Diplomatic Relations With Taiwan

Tuvalu's new government reaffirmed its support for diplomatic relations with Taiwan instead of switching to China. Prime Minister Feleti Teo's administration released a Statement of Priorities on Wednesday that included a commitment to maintain nearly half-century-old ties with Taiwan. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

China Poised to Pick Off Another One of Taiwan’s South Pacific Allies as New PM Takes Office in Tuvalu

Lawmakers in Tuvalu have selected Feleti Teo as the Pacific island nation's new prime minister, a top official told AFP on Monday, weeks after an election that has put ties with Taiwan in focus. Former attorney general Teo secured the support ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Nauru Officially Switched Diplomatic Allegiance From Taiwan to China

Indian naval forces are closely monitoring the movements of a Chinese research vessel operating in the Indian Ocean that is making its way towards the Maldives. Although these Chinese research ships are not officially designated as military vessels, the Indian government suspects the data they collect is used ...

Global Split At China’s Human Rights Review

The UN Human Rights Council’s current hearing on China’s human rights record is exposing a global split. The Universal Periodic Review process happens once every 4.5 years for all member states. However, China’s turn has drawn particular attention, with numerous countries lining ...
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