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Does Europe Want to Compete With China in the Global South?

By Lukas Fiala When Ursula von der Leyen took on the top job in Brussels back in 2019, she vowed to transform the European Union’s quasi-government—the European Commission—into a “geopolitical Commission.” Little did EU bureaucrats ...

Dozens of Global South Foreign Ministers Arrive in Western Russia for BRICS+ Gathering

Foreign Ministers from the ten member states of the BRICS+ group, along with their counterparts from across the Global South, are gathering in the western Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod for two days of meetings. In all, some 20-25 countries are expected ...

Biden’s Sanctions on Chinese EVs Highlights Stark Divide Between U.S. and Global South

While the U.S. government moved aggressively on Tuesday to install massive new barriers intended to prevent Chinese electric vehicles from entering its market, Mexico, coincidentally on the same day, went entirely in the opposite direction — welcoming the launch of EV giant BYD's first-ever mid-size hybrid pick-up ...

Developing Countries’ Debt Servicing Costs to China Are Significant, but Nowhere Near as Much as Other Creditors

Developing countries spent a staggering $294 billion to service their debts in 2022, a figure that's expected to balloon by a third this year, according to the findings of a new report published by the UK NGO ONE Campaign. While China ...

China’s Engagement in the Global South: Three Lessons From Fiji’s China Policing Deal Volte-Face

By Innocent Batsani-Ncube When Sitiveni Rabuka was elected Fiji's Prime Minister after a very close parliamentary vote in December 2022,  expectations were high — especially in Australia and other Western capitals — that his government would make good on his election campaign commitment to ...

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 ...

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 ...
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