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Leaders from Recipient Countries Weigh In on BRI: Report

The future of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is preoccupying China watchers around the world. However, the debate frequently leaves out the most important stakeholders: leaders from recipient countries. A new report from AidData polled leaders and senior officials from ...

Leaders Arrive in Beijing for What’s Going to be a Frenetic Week of Global South Diplomacy

Visiting heads of state, foreign ministers, and party leaders from Asia, the South Pacific, and the Caribbean arrived in Beijing this weekend for what's going to be a very busy week ahead for Chinese diplomacy specifically focused on small and mid-sized countries in the Global South.

Does China Own the Future?

The FT columnist Gillian Tett argued this week that global markets are revealing an interesting paradox: on the one, hand, rising stock prices show that investors are feeling somewhat more optimistic about the future. On the other, gold and bitcoin (both seen as hedges against losses and volatility) ...

Philippines President Issues Gloomy Outlook Over Maritime Dispute With China: ‘Difficult to See a Way Forward’

Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. sounded a somber note on the burgeoning conflict with China over territorial disputes in the South China Sea, warning that it is "difficult to see a way forward." The president made the remarks during a state ...

Countering China’s Influence in Asia Was a Major Focus of Indian Foreign Minister’s Visit to Japan

India's External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar wrapped up a three-day visit to Japan on Saturday that included talks with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa, with China as the central focus. "We affirmed Japan and India will further step up ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Joint Battlefield Training to Raise Pressure in South China Sea

The U.S. military will reportedly introduce joint combat training with the Philippines in June. Major General Marcus Evans, commander of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, told the Associated Press that the training would increase the Philippine army’s ability to fight in challenging jungle conditions.
The training will run from June 1 to 10. At Manila’s request, the training will be held in Philippine territory for the first time. It will involve about 2,000 people ...

Scholars, Analysts Meet in Washington to Discuss China’s Influence in the Global South

Scholars and analysts from around the world gathered at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of The Atlantic Council think tank on Wednesday for a two-day conference focused on evaluating China's growing influence in Asia, Africa, the Americas and other developing regions. The ...

The Global South is Entering a New Era Led by China, Not the West: Chinese Scholar

The decline of the U.S. and the West is a foregone conclusion, as is the rise of the Global South, led by China, and these trends are going to take precipitous strides this year. This view is outlined in a new paper by a Chinese academic and ...

Global Split At China’s Human Rights Review

The UN Human Rights Council’s current hearing on China’s human rights record is exposing a global split. The Universal Periodic Review process happens once every 4.5 years for all member states. However, China’s turn has drawn particular attention, with numerous countries lining ...

Island Fever? Taiwan’s General Elections as an Opportunity for the Global South to Revisit Its Relations With China

By Felix Brender 王哲謙 The mood in Taiwan’s capital Taipei is as somber as it tends to be mere days before the elections. As usual in the runup to the elections, the PRC has increased its posturing, as part of the wider ...

Southward Bound

In moments of despair, when one spirals about, say, a genocide happening in front of our eyes, it’s sometimes good to read something silly and amusing. For me, this has recently been the spectacle of European and American commentators struggling with the term “Global South.”
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