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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 ...

China’s Xi Congratulates Iran’s Pezeshkian on Election Win

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday congratulated reformist Masoud Pezeshkian for his win in Iran's presidential runoff election, state media reported. "I attach great importance to the development of China-Iran relations and am willing to work with the President to lead the ...

All-Weather Friends? South Africa, BRICS, and the Year of Elections

By Chris Alden What happens when a card-carrying BRICS member has an election and changes government? Do changes in domestic politics produce changes in policy towards BRICS? South Africa’s recent election in which the leading internationalist party – the governing African ...

India-China Relations in Modi’s Third Term

By Saniya Kulkarni & Lukas Fiala The world’s largest democracy has gone to the polls. And while Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lost their outright majority, the incumbent Prime Minister resigned on Wednesday to pave the way for a ...

Solomon Islands Lawmakers to Elect PM, With Consequences for China

China-friendly former foreign minister Jeremiah Manele was elected prime minister of the Solomon Islands on Thursday, defeating an opposition leader intent on curbing Beijing's reach in the Pacific nation. Governor-General David Vunagi said Manele won 31 votes in a secret ballot ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

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 ...

Solomons to Choose PM on May 2, China Ties at Stake

The Solomon Islands will choose a prime minister on Thursday after a general election left the existing pro-China government's future in the balance. Lawmakers will meet in parliament to elect the Pacific nation's leader at 9:30 am May 2 (2230 GMT ...

‘China Is the Winner’ in Maldives Election

A landslide parliamentary election victory for the Maldives' pro-China president clears the way for him to redraw the physical and geopolitical map of his strategically-located Indian Ocean archipelago in Beijing's favor, diplomats and analysts say. President Mohamed Muizzu's party, the People's ...

Pro-China Solomons PM Fails To Secure Outright Majority

The incumbent prime minister of Solomon Islands was set to fall short of an outright election majority Monday, forcing the pro-Beijing Pacific leader to woo an unwieldy mix of potential coalition partners. According to provisional results reported by the public broadcaster, ...

Landslide Win for Pro-China Leader’s Party in Maldives Vote

By Mohamed Visham Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu's party won control of parliament in a Sunday election landslide, results showed, with voters backing his tilt towards China and away from regional powerhouse and traditional benefactor India. ...

Maldives Votes in the Shadow of India-China Rivalry

The Maldives votes Sunday in a parliamentary election likely to test President Mohamed Muizzu's tilt towards China and away from India, the luxury tourism hotspot's traditional benefactor. Primarily known as one of the most expensive holiday destinations in South Asia, with pristine ...
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