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China Ramps Up LatAm Diplomacy Weeks Before U.S. Summit

With the U.S. Summit of the Americas set to get underway in Los Angeles in two weeks, China appears to be stepping up its own diplomacy in Latin America. Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday held talks with his counterparts from Uruguay, Ecuador, and ...

Japan and Turkey Targeting China in Africa

Containing China’s influence in Africa isn’t only a Western preoccupation. Two key non-Western partners to the continent are increasingly framing their engagement in similar terms. Japan and Turkey are both reframing their Africa engagement to target Beijing’s power on the continent.  ...

White House Sticks With Group Diplomacy Rather Than One-on-Ones

At no point in the two-day schedule of the U.S.-ASEAN summit is there any time allocated for President Joe Biden to meet one-on-one with any of the visiting Southeast Asian leaders. Instead, the eight leaders will meet collectively with the President and other senior-level stakeholders. ...

Chinese State Media is Predictably Downbeat About the Summit

It is widely acknowledged that China will feature prominently during this week’s U.S.-ASEAN summit. For that reason, it’s interesting to track how the summit is being covered in the Chinese state press.  The most prominent response so far was penned by ...

Which Issues will Dominate the U.S.-ASEAN Summit?

U.S. officials are coming to the ASEAN summit eager to emphasize the region’s importance, and to rebalance perceptions that it is currently mostly focused on the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.  Cross-cutting issues like climate change are sure to occupy some of the ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Q&A: Africa’s Role in China’s Global Military Expansion: Defense Expert Unpacks a Thorny Issue

The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral John Aquilino, on Tuesday added to the growing alarm in Washington DC defense circles about the global reach of China’s military. 

Speaking in front of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, Aquilino said China is building capacity to seize Taiwan, and: “The PRC also seeks to establish a network of overseas military installations that would extend its reach, allowing support for an increasingly global People’s Liberation ...

Why Africans Should Keep an Eye on the U.S.-ASEAN Summit

Nobody would blame Africans for not focusing on this week’s summit between the United States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN.) After all, the continent is dealing with a few prior priorities: creeping debt distress in key states largely ignored by the international community, ...

Biden-ASEAN Summit is Back On, Cue Chinese Complaints

A summit between the United States and the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian States (ASEAN) is back on. The White House announced that President Joe Biden will meet with leaders from the group on 12 and 13 May. This follows the recent ...

New Senate Resolution Prepares Ground for U.S.-Africa Summit With an Eye on Countering Chinese Influence 

The United States is moving forward with plans for a U.S.-Africa leaders’ summit, focused on containing Chinese and Russian influence on the continent. The China Global South Project received a copy of a recent Senate Resolution 538, which fleshes out the summit plans, following 

Surprise Surprise… Europe-Africa Summit Gets Poor Reviews in China

Last week's Europe-Africa summit largely passed unnoticed in China due largely to the fact that it coincided with the final days of the Beijing Winter Olympics and the extensive coverage related to the unfolding crisis in Ukraine. Now, though, some analysis ...

Africa-Europe Summit Begins Amid Hope, Skepticism and a Wary Eye on China

European and African leaders kicked off a two-day summit in Brussels on Thursday amid a sense that ties between these two continents have reached a critical inflection point. European leaders, notably French President Emmanuel Macron, the current rotating president of the ...
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