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Where in the World is Xi Jinping Going?

The British newspaper The Guardian sparked excitement late last week with an exclusive report that Chinese President Xi Jinping would break his nearly 900-day absence from international travel with a visit to Saudi Arabia. Middle East correspondent Martin ...

The Discourse Power of “One China” and the Global South

By Hugo Jones Leaders, diplomats, and political parties from countries across Africa and the Global South have criticized Nancy Pelosi’s recent trip to Taiwan and reaffirmed their commitment to (China’s interpretation of) the One-China principle. As Cobus van Staden noted last ...

India Could Ban Cheap Chinese Phones

The Indian government could push Chinese mobile phone manufacturers out of the lower end of its market, according to a new report by Bloomberg. The possible ban is reportedly aimed at boosting India’s failing domestic phone makers in the lucrative sub-12,000 rupee ($150) sector.  ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

India Could Ban Cheap Chinese Phones

The Indian government could push Chinese mobile phone manufacturers out of the lower end of its market, according to a new report by Bloomberg. The possible ban is reportedly aimed at boosting India’s failing domestic phone makers in the lucrative sub-12,000 rupee ($150) sector. 

The move will be a blow to Chinese companies like Xiaomi, RealMe, and Transsion, who make up 80% of sales in the sub-$150 sector. Low-end smartphones occupy a third ...

India’s Ties With China Strained Across Multiple Fronts

Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar renewed his sharp criticism of China's alleged incursions into Indian territory along their disputed border in the Himalayas known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and, again, claimed that Sino-Pakistan BRI projects are violating Indian ...

Chinese Media Hints at Change in India’s Taiwan Policy When There Really Wasn’t Any

Indian foreign ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagch reiterated on Friday New Delhi's longstanding position on the One-China Policy and reaffirmed that New Delhi remains committed to the status quo regarding Taiwan. There was nothing exceptional about the statement, and it didn't reflect ...

Huawei’s India CEO Tells Court “I am a Chinese National, Not a Terrorist”

Huawei's CEO for India, Li Xiongli, borrowed a line from a popular Indian movie in a court plea on Friday to be released on bail following his arrest on tax charges. "I am a Chinese (national) and not a terrorist," Li said through his lawyer, cribbing ...

Chinese Official Dismisses Reports of Xi Trip to Saudi Arabia as “Gossip”

While Twitter was abuzz with speculation that Chinese President Xi Jinping would travel to Saudi Arabia this week based on a story in The Guardian, Wang Cheng, a highly-respected and normally very reliable Commerce Ministry dismissed the idea as 

WEEK IN REVIEW: United States Marine General Michael Langley Took Over as the Top U.S. Commander for Africa on Tuesday

United States Marine General Michael Langley took over as the top U.S. commander for Africa on Tuesday, heading U.S. military operations on the continent.  General Langley assumed command from Army General Stephen Townsend who was among the U.S. government's most outspoken critics of China's expanding influence in Africa, particularly on ...

Chinese Phone-Makers Chafe Under Indian Pressure

The Indian government's apparent move to ban cheap Chinese-made smartphones is causing much unhappiness among Chinese companies that have worked hard to localize their presence there.  Some Chinese companies are now contemplating leaving the country, but complain that they feel trapped ...

Long Read: Is Great Power Competition in Africa a Problem? Not Necessarily

As geopolitics become more polarized, the idea that both the U.S. and China have something to offer Africa has fallen out of vogue in both Washington and Beijing.  However, the prominent Africa-China researcher Howard French recently revived it in a 

China Responds to New U.S. Strategy for Africa

The Chinese government issued its first official response on Tuesday to the new U.S. Strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa unveiled by Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Pretoria on Monday. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin was asked by ...

China Refines Its Rebuttal to Persistent Debt Trap Accusations

No matter how often the Chinese debt trap narrative is refuted by leading scholars around the world, policymakers in the U.S. and Europe seem unable to resist using the trope to frame China's engagement in Africa and other developing regions.

Sri Lanka Relents to Indian Pressure and Requests China to Defer Military Ship’s Arrival

Sri Lanka said on Monday it had asked China to defer the planned visit of a Chinese ship to the island country after initially approving its arrival this week, yielding to diplomatic pressure from neighbor India to keep the military vessel out.
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