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China, Russia, and Myanmar: Symptomatic of a Weakening ASEAN?

By Saniya Kulkarni According to reports the annual ASEAN summit, which takes place today in Phnom Penh, is prioritizing the issue of rising violence in member state Myanmar following the 2021 coup which resulted in a military junta displacing the elected government ...

U.S. Moves to Cut Russia Out of the G20 Could Hit African Economies

The U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Russia should be expelled from the Group of 20 (G20) the forum of leading economies that plays a major role in international economic management. She also said U.S. officials may boycott G20 meetings if Russian counterparts show up at upcoming ...

U.S. Increasing Pressure on African Countries to Choose Sides on Ukraine

The United States and its allies are increasing pressure on African countries to choose sides in the conflict in Ukraine. U.S. officials are engaging with African journalists in order to sway public discussion about the conflict, while diplomatic pressure continues behind the scenes, notably during 

The Ukraine War and Great Power Politics in the Global South

While the war in Ukraine has done a lot to repair the West's once frayed alliance, it's also brought together a disparate group of countries throughout the Global South who have resisted condemning Russia for the invasion and Moscow's brutal assault ...

Russian, Iranian Foreign Ministers in China For Afghan Conference

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov landed in the eastern Chinese city of Tunxi in Anhui province on Tuesday to take part in a foreign ministers' meeting for the seven countries that border Afghanistan. This is the first time ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Top State Department Official Says China’s Debt Relief Offer to Sri Lanka is “Not Enough”

Another senior U.S. diplomat has accused China of not doing enough to resolve Sri Lanka’s debt renegotiation, a sign that the island’s financial crisis is increasingly being framed geopolitically.
U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland said: “What China has offered so far is not enough. We need to see credible and specific assurances that they will meet the IMF standard of debt relief.”

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Russia Shores Up BRICS Support on Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (photo, second from left) met with ambassadors of the BRICS countries earlier this week to discuss the crisis in Ukraine. The meeting formed part of Moscow’s campaign to characterize the Western-led sanctions against Russia as unjust. The BRICS ...

Beyond the “New Cold War”: Russia, China, Ukraine, the Global South

By Lukas Fiala and Hugo Jones The world watches as a large-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine unfolds, after a prolonged period of guesswork around Putin’s strategic intentions. Millions of Ukrainians fear for their lives and seek shelter from Russian airstrikes and artillery. ...

First Signs of Joint Sino-Russian Diplomacy in Africa Emerge in Guinea and Kenya

Signs of closer Sino-Russian diplomatic coordination emerged in Africa just three days after President Vladimir Putin met with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing. Ambassadors from both countries participated in joint meetings ...

Researcher: U.S. Efforts Against Russia and China in Algeria Not Showing a Lot of Progress

Oxford University Russia scholar Samuel Ramani is closely following Algeria's recent talks with the U.S., China and Russia and observed that Washington is making much headway in discouraging Algiers from distancing itself from its two rivals. Ramani regularly comments on Russia-China-Africa issues ...

U.S. Defense Secretary Wraps Up Tour of North Africa With a Parting Shot Towards China

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper wrapped up a low-profile five-day, four-country tour of the Mediterranean and North Africa over the weekend and just before he left, he fired off one final diss against China and Russia, accusing them of engaging in "destabilizing actions ...
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