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Xi Pays Tribute at Embassy to Late Vietnamese Communist Party Chief

On Saturday, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the Vietnamese embassy in Beijing to mourn the passing of Communist Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng. He was joined by senior members of his foreign policy team, including Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Communist Party foreign policy lead Liu Jianchao. ...

No Major Changes in Ties With China Expected From Vietnam’s Political Transition

The Vietnamese government will hold a state funeral this week for late Communist Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng, who passed away on Friday. The country will effectively shut down on Thursday and Friday for two days of national mourning. Behind the ...

With a Little Help From My Friends: What Russia and North Korea’s Defense Treaty Tells Us About Global China

By Felix Brender 王哲謙 We all know matchmaking between two wildcards in your circle can be a bit of a gamble. It’s like introducing two sparks and hoping they ignite a friendly bonfire without starting a blaze that burns down the ...

Prominent Chinese Scholar Calls for a Blockade of Second Thomas Shoal Unless Philippines Removes Grounded Ship

One of China's most prominent scholars on South China Sea issues, Wu Shicun, said the crisis with the Philippines over the Second Thomas Shoal is a "bleeding wound" that must be dealt with, or else it risks further escalation. Wu, who ...

China’s Ambassador to Vietnam Meets With Vietnam’s Newest President

China's ambassador to Vietnam, Xiong Bo, met with Vietnam's newest president Tô Lâm on Wednesday in Hanoi. Lam was named to the role in May after his predecessor resigned amid a sweeping anti-corruption crackdown. While Lâm is new to the presidency, he is ...

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Letter From DC: Is Africa Holding Itself Back?

Whoo boy…We picked a doozy of a week to be in town. The overlapping reverberations from leadership fights within the Democratic Party, the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, and the announcement of JD Vance as his vice-presidential candidate are understandably focusing attention inwards.
That said, we’ve had fascinating conversations with very smart folks who focus on Africa, the wider Global South, and China’s role there. One theme ...

If Trump Wins, the Philippines Better Have a Good Back-Up Plan

In February, I wrote a column that wondered, "If Trump Wins, What Happens to the Philippines?" Back then, it was an open-ended question. Today, the answer is becoming increasingly apparent. In an interview with Bloomberg, the former president reiterated ...

Gulf and Levantine Perspectives on the 10th Ministerial Conference of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum

By Francesco Scala and Viola Rubeca On May 30, 2024, China welcomed representatives from across the Arab world to Beijing for the 10th Ministerial Conference of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF). Two documents were adopted: the “Beijing Declaration” and the Action Implementation ...

Letter From Washington: The Narrowing Space for Democracy

Greetings from Washington, D.C., Over the last two and a half months, I’ve spent time in Washington, D.C. and several European capitals meeting with folks from think tanks, civil society, and policy circles to talk about critical minerals and the West’s ...

Letter From DC: Is Africa Holding Itself Back?

Whoo boy…We picked a doozy of a week to be in town. The overlapping reverberations from leadership fights within the Democratic Party, the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, and the announcement of JD Vance as his vice-presidential candidate are understandably focusing attention inwards.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio Wants to Use Massive Tariffs to Unseat China’s Dominance in Critical Resources

U.S. Senator and Republican party vice presidential hopeful Marco Rubio submitted legislation this month that aims to break China's current control of critical mineral supply chains with punishing tariffs up to 800%. Rubio's Critical Mineral Supply Chain Realignment Act of 2024 calls ...
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