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Biden Fetes Kenyan Leader as Africa Competition Grows

By Aurelia End and Shaun Tandon Kenyan President William Ruto opened the first state visit to Washington by an African leader in more than 15 years on Wednesday, as President Joe Biden seeks to counter geopolitical headwinds across the continent.

Insights From Hannah Ryder on What to Expect at This Year’s China-Africa Summit

Chinese and African governments are beginning to negotiate the agenda for the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit that will take place in Beijing later this fall. Development finance, infrastructure, and green technology are ...

Beijing Says U.S., Japan ‘Smeared and Attacked’ China at Summit

Beijing said on Thursday that the United States and Japan had "smeared and attacked" China during a Washington summit. At the summit, U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida unveiled their countries' biggest upgrade in defense ties. Biden ...

Biden Vows ‘Ironclad’ Defense of Philippines, Japan as China Tension Mounts

By Danny Kemp U.S. President Joe Biden pledged Thursday to defend the Philippines from any attack in the South China Sea, as he hosted the first joint summit with Tokyo and Manila amid growing tensions with Beijing.

China Will Be the Focus of a Landmark Leaders Summit in Washington Between the U.S., Philippines, and Japan

Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. landed Wednesday night at a U.S. military base outside Washington, D.C., ahead of a first-ever summit with U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. The increasingly contentious stand-off with China over territorial disputes ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Zimbabwe Agreement Could Signal China’s Return to African Rail

TransTech, a subsidiary of China Railway Group, reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) that could lead to a recapitalization of the country’s railway network.
Bloomberg reports that the agreement is currently limited to studying the project and producing a feasibility report by the end of June. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said: “It is our expectation that in the upcoming Forum for China and Africa taking place ...

Leading Foreign Policy Analysts Warn This Week’s Summit Marks a Critical Turning Point in Asian Geopolitics

Thursday's landmark summit triggered a lot of discussion among prominent foreign policy analysts in the U.S., Asia, and Europe about the importance of this gathering and why the timing is so critical: A DEEPER GEOPOLITICAL DIVIDE: The net effect ...

China Responds Nervously as Washington’s Asian Allies Gather for Landmark Summit

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida arrived in Washington to begin several days of landmark meetings with U.S. President Joe Biden and later on Thursday when both will be joined by Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. This week's trilateral summit will be the ...

Sourcing China-Free EV Battery Metals Will Be on the Agenda at This Week’s U.S., Japan, Philippines Summit

The Philippines' large nickel reserves, a key metal used to manufacture electric vehicle batteries, will be high on the agenda at this week's first-ever summit among the leaders of the U.S., Japan, and the Philippines that will begin on Thursday in Washington, D.C.

Hints Emerge China Will Not Replace Wang Yi as Foreign Minister

It does not appear that China plans to replace its foreign minister, Wang Yi, as was widely speculated in the run-up to the annual legislative gathering known as the Two Sessions that started on Monday. Normally, when ministerial appointments are to be ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Kenya to Overhaul China Policy & Chinese Infrastructure in the DRC

Kenya has a new envoy to China, Willy Bett, who formally presented his credentials to President Xi Jinping this week. Among Ambassador Bett's first tasks will be to follow up on Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Musalia Mudavadi's promise to craft ...
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