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China Bolsters Ties With Uruguay in a Bid to Diversify Its Economic Relations in South America

China is moving to bolster its diplomatic ties in South America in a bid to pressure one of the region's lone holdouts that still recognizes Taiwan and diversify its trade beyond the continent's major powers. Uruguayan President Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou ...

After Siding With the West, Liberia is Now Aligned With China on Sensitive Territorial Issues

Deweh Gray, a deputy foreign minister in Liberia, told an audience at the Chinese embassy in Monrovia on Tuesday that her government firmly supports Beijing's One-China policy. For most countries, that's not a very controversial stance, but not in Liberia, where ...

China Uncharacteristically Muted Response to Taiwan President’s Trip to Eswatini

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen arrived in Eswatini on Tuesday for a three-day visit to mark the tiny landlocked country's 55th anniversary of its independence. The visit is symbolically important given that the southern African kingdom is Taiwan's last diplomatic ally on ...

Global South Ambassadors Participate in State-led Xinjiang Junket and Didn’t “Find Any Human Rights Violations”

Ambassadors from 25 developing countries completed a week-long junket to Xinjiang organized by the Chinese government and, according to Chinese state media, found "people in Xinjiang are enjoying a happy life." The participants included envoys from Myanmar, Iran, Samoa and Dominica. ...

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi Visits Türkiye After BRICS Meetings

China’s newly-returned Foreign Minister Wang Yi followed his recent trip to BRICS meetings in South Africa with a stopover in potential future BRICS member Türkiye. Wang met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan. They didn’t hold press ...

Türkiye’s Parliament Rejects Special Committee to Investigate Uyghur Human Rights Ahead of Wang Visit

The Turkish Parliament's Human Rights Committee blocked a plan to create a new sub-committee to investigate allegations of human rights violations of China's minority Uyghur population in Xinjiang. Instead, lawmakers opted to assign the issue to an existing sub-committee focused on ...

The Rare Occurrence When Latin American Diplomacy Was Center Stage in Both China and Taiwan

It's not often Latin America is the focus of attention on the same day in both China and Taiwan, as was the case on Tuesday when Paraguay's president-elect Santiago Peña arrived in Taipei just as Nicaraguan presidential advisor Laureano Ortega met with China's top foreign policy official Wang ...

Honduran President Leaves China With Deals and a Sense That Dumping Taiwan Was the Right Thing to Do

Honduran President Xiomara Castro heads home on Wednesday after what she described as a "historic" six-day trip to China that culminated with a meeting with President Xi Jinping. Xi complemented Castro for her "historic decisiveness" and "strong political will" for fulfilling her ...

Arab League Officials Tour Xinjiang to See How China “Respects and Safeguards Human Rights”

A 34-member delegation from the Arab League spent four days last week touring Xinjiang as part of a junket organized by the Chinese government. Chinese propaganda said the visit was specifically intended to refute Western media accusations about the well-documented mass incarceration ...

Taiwan’s ‘Look South’ Policy Aims to Reduce Dependency on China

By Felix Brender Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s administration launched the New Southbound Policy (NSP, 新南向政策) in late 2016, ostensibly to reduce dependence on China. The NSP is impressive in its scope (trade collaboration, talent exchange, resource sharing, and regional connectivity) and ...
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