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State Department Sends Top Official to Asia and the Middle East to Bolster Ties Amid Rising Competition With China

Victoria Nuland, the State Department's under secretary for political affairs and one of Washington's most senior diplomats, arrived in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu on Sunday -- the first stop on a three-nation, week-long tour that also includes Sri Lanka and Qatar. ...

Indian FM Accuses Opposition Leader of Intentionally Spreading False Information About China Border Issue

Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar accused rivals of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of intentionally spreading false information about the government's handling of the border disputes with China. Jaishankar refuted comments made by Congress Party ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on an 11-Day, Three-Nation Tour of Africa

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will leave Tuesday on an 11-day, three-nation tour of Africa that Biden administration officials say is intended to rejuvenate ties on the continent and counter Chinese influence. Yellen will visit South Africa, Senegal, and Zambia, where debt issues are expected to feature prominently on ...

Chinese FM Qin Gang Wraps Up Africa Tour in Egypt

Qin Gang concluded his first tour of Africa as Foreign Minister on Sunday in Cairo, where he met separately with his counterpart Sameh Shoukry, President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi and Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit. Since Friday, Qin traveled to 

Qin Gang Kicks Off African Tour with AU Commission Strategic Dialogue

"Africa should be a big stage for the international cooperation, not an arena for major countries competition." This was the message from Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang, speaking during a press conference with AU Commission head Moussa Faki Mahamat in Addis Ababa on Wednesday. ...

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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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Qin Gang’s First Foreign Visit as FM Busted Some Conventions

China has made it a 32-year custom that its Foreign Minister's first foreign trip of the year is always to Africa. However, this year Qin Gang broke this tradition by stopping en route in Dhaka for a brief meeting with his Bangladeshi counterpart at the airport. 

China’s New FM Greeted as Old Friend in Ethiopia on First Stop of Africa Tour

Qin Gang landed in Addis Ababa early Tuesday morning to kick off his first tour of Africa as China's new Foreign Minister. Qin spent the morning with his Ethiopian counterpart Demeke Mekonnen at the foreign ministry, where ...

China’s Middle East Approach Probably Won’t Change Soon: Expert

Following President Xi Jinping's visit to Saudi Arabia late last year, many speculated that China was aiming to replace the U.S. in the region, not least because U.S.-Saudi relations are currently quite frosty. However, the China-Middle East expert Andrea Ghiselli recently ...

Q&A: What Should Qin Gang Know About Africa and What Africans Should Know About China’s New Foreign Minister?

Qin Gang did not have a lot of time to prepare for his current tour of Africa, his first as foreign minister. The five-nation, week-long trip comes less than two weeks after he started his new job, so he's no doubt getting up to speed as are ...

“China-Africa Relations Are the Bedrock of China’s Foreign Policy,” Says Beijing Envoy

China's ambassador to the United States, Qin Gang, was among the keynote speakers at Monday's Semafor Africa Summit in Washington, D.C.  Although Qin has never been posted to Africa and doesn't have any firsthand experience with the issues, 
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