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Last Week it Was B3W, This Week It’s The Blue Dot Network

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken led a discussion yesterday in Paris (photo) on the Blue Dot Network, another White House initiative aimed at curtailing China's Belt and Road Initiative. Blinken was joined by U.S. and European corporate and ...

We Got Our First Peek at B3W, But It’s Still Not Clear What the U.S. is Trying to Do

The Biden administration appears to be ramping up its efforts to get the Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative off the ground. In what was the first action related to the program since it was announced over the summer at the G7 summit in England, a high-level ...

New Contingent of Chinese Blue Helmets Arrive in DR Congo

Nearly one hundred Chinese PLA soldiers operating as UN peacekeepers arrived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Friday. None of the troops will be assigned to combat roles and instead will support existing Chinese engineering and medical detachments.

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 ...

China Signals Its Approval of Ethiopian Debt Restructuring Talks

Beijing gave its blessing on Wednesday to the new creditors committee that China's co-chairing with France to overhaul Ethiopia's $30 billion debt. The committee, operating under the auspices of the G20, met for the first time on September 16th and plans ...

DR Congo Receives First Shipment of Chinese COVID Vaccines

For the first time, the DR Congo took delivery of a donation of Chinese-made vaccines. A shipment of 400,000 doses of Sinovac and an equal number of syringes arrived on Wednesday at the capital's N'djili Airport. Ambassador Zhu Jing led a handover ...

Chinese Vaccine Exports Drop Sharply in August as More Countries Opt for mRNA Jabs

A growing number of governments that initially relied on vaccines from China are now reportedly turning to U.S. and European suppliers for more advanced mRNA shots. It's well-documented, even among leading Chinese public health officials, that mRNA vaccines ...

Beijing’s Top Diplomat For Africa Reflects on Why It’s So Difficult for China to Change the Negative Media Narrative

China needs to overcome the language barrier and do a better job of its story in Africa, said Beijing's top diplomat for the continent in a keynote address last week at the World Internet Conference in the Zhejiang city of Wuzhen. "One of our ...

South Africa is Training More Tour Guides to Speak Chinese

Thanks to direct flights and a streamlined visa approval process, visitors from China were among the fastest-growing segment in South Africa's tourism market. At least, that was before the COVID-19 outbreak. But once the borders open again and travel resumes, South ...

Public Diplomacy With Chinese Characteristics

Many observers were caught off guard when Wu Peng, China’s top diplomat for sub-Saharan Africa, publicly condemned Chinese companies engaged in illegal activities in the DRC and announced the intention of the Chinese government to prosecute them at home. However, coming from him, it shouldn’t really be a ...
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