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Chinese Party-to-Party Diplomacy in Rwanda

Wellars Gasamagera, the Secretary-General of the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front party met with Wang Huning, one of Xi Jinping’s key political advisors and a senior member of the Communist Party of China. Wang is currently a member of ...

Inside the Chinese-Built Party School in Tanzania

When Tanzania’s Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Leadership School, which was built and financed by China was launched in 2022, it drew a lot of attention. It's an academy aimed at training officials from Southern Africa’s six ruling liberation movements, a group ...

Chinese, Vietnamese Communist Party Leaders Meet Ahead of Biden Visit to Hanoi

China dispatched a high-level Communist Party (CPC) emissary to Vietnam days before U.S. President Joe Biden is set to arrive when he is expected to upgrade diplomatic ties with Hanoi. Liu Jianchao, head of the CPC's international liaison department, met with ...

Communist Party of China Plans Arab Outreach

The Communist Party of China wants to sharply increase its coordination with Arab countries. This was a key takeaway from the mid-July's fourth China-Arab States Political Parties Dialogue, which brought CPC officials together with delegates from 67 political parties from across the Arab world. ...

South African, Chinese Communist Party Officials Meet in Beijing

The head of South Africa's Communist Party, Solly Afrika Mapaila, met the director of the CPC's international liaison department, Liu Jianchao, on Tuesday in Beijing.  From the gist of the read-out of the meeting, it does not appear that the meeting ...

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 ...

Uganda is the Latest Stop for High-Level CPC Delegation Touring East Africa

While U.S. lawmakers see themselves in an “existential struggle” with the Communist Party of China (CPC), Party officials are getting a considerably warmer reception in Africa. Li Mingxiang, the Vice Minister of the International Department of the CPC’s Central Committee, met with ...

Top Chinese Communist Party Official Visits Ruling Party Leaders in Kenya, Tanzania

In-person party-to-party exchanges between Communist Party of China (CPC) officials and African counterparts are ramping up again. Li Mingxiang, the Vice Minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, recently visited Kenya and Tanzania. The visit was ostensibly aimed at ...

China Resumes High-Level Diplomatic Visits to Africa

Chinese Vice Premier Sun Chunlan met late last week with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa during a brief visit to Cape Town. Sun's visit comes one month after Foreign Minister Qin Gang did a five-nation tour and marks ...

Xi Delivers Blunt Message to U.S. During Meeting With Vietnamese Communist Party Leader

Chinese leader Xi Jinping made his first appearance on Monday with a foreign dignitary since embarking on an unprecedented third presidential term in office. Xi, in his role as General Secretary of the Communist Party, met with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Phu Trong and warned his ...

Vietnam’s Communist Party Leader Arrives in Beijing, Kicking Off a Busy Week of Chinese Diplomacy

Vietnam's Communist Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong arrived in Beijing on Sunday, kicking off what will be a very busy week of international diplomacy in the Chinese capital. Trong's three-day visit is generating a lot more ...
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