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Serbian Media on Xi Jinping’s Visit to Belgrade

In this edition of the ChinaMed Observer, we analyze the Serbian media debate on relations with China on the occasion of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Belgrade. By Anja Duvnjak and Leonardo Bruni ...

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 ...

Kenya’s Chinese Debt to be on the Agenda When Ruto Arrives in Washington

Kenyan President William Ruto will arrive in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, the midway point of a four-day visit to the United States that will include talks with President Joe Biden. U.S. officials said in advance of Ruto's arrival that debt relief ...

Franco-Chinese Joint Statement Reflects Subtle, Yet Important Shifts in Beijing’s Stance on the Israel-Hamas War

France and China published a joint statement this week on "the situation in the Middle East" that contained a number of important policy shifts in Beijing's approach to the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Since ...

The Complications of Iran-China Relations

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to France provides an interesting moment to reflect on both the reality of China-Iran relations and how these are seen from the outside. European leaders like EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen see China as 

Macron Shows the Way in How a G7 Country Can Cooperate With China

Senior U.S. officials like to offset their frequent criticisms of China by saying they seek to compete with Beijing when necessary and cooperate "in areas of shared interest."  While areas of competition are quite evident, finding "shared interests" is proving to ...

Wang Yi Wraps Diplomatic Blitz With South American Foreign Ministers

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi concluded a four-day diplomatic sprint with a trio of his counterparts from strategically vital countries in South America. All three foreign ministers from Bolivia, Argentina, and Peru were in Beijing for separate meetings with senior Chinese ...

Words Come Easy, Action Does Not: China in the Context of Sudan

By Felix Brender Earlier this month, media and commentators briefly shifted their hyperfocus from conflicts that fit into an easy-to-grasp Disney-style good/bad binary to “one of the worst humanitarian disasters in recent memory:” the consequences of the most recent round of sectarian ...

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Shifts Beijing’s Diplomatic Focus From Mideast Back to Asia-Pacific

After dedicating much of the first part of the week to the escalating crisis in the Middle East following Iran's missile strike against Israel, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is now shifting his attention back to the Asia-Pacific region with a three-nation, six-day tour. ...

Scholar’s Comments Hint That China May Not Have Expected Iran to Strike Israel

One of China's leading foreign policy scholars appeared on national TV last week and firmly declared that Iran would not launch a direct strike on Israel in response to Israel's bombing of the Iranian embassy in Syria. Dong Manyuan, a senior ...

How Much of China’s Foreign Policy is About the U.S.?

By Lukas Fiala Over the past week, two conversations with some of our American counterparts reminded me of a perennial question in the China space: How much of China’s foreign policy — broadly conceived — is about the U.S.? At first ...

Vietnam’s Powerful Legislative Leader in China for Talks in Which Both Sides Seek to Reassure the Other

Vietnam's powerful legislative leader, Vương Đình Huệ, kicked off a five-day visit to the Chinese capital on Monday with a meeting with President Xi Jinping. Huệ was received by Xi almost as if he were a visiting head of state, which may, ...
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