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Chinese Envoy Waves Farewell to DRC

After years in the crucible of the extremely complex and contentious relationship between China and the DRC, Ambassador Zhu Jing is moving on a notably senior position in the EU.

China’s New Ambassador-Designate to the DR Congo Arrives in Kinshasa

Zhao Bin, China's new ambassador-designate to the DR Congo, arrived in Kinshasa on Friday. This is Zhao's first assignment in Africa, which is somewhat unusual given that the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs tends to post envoys with experience on the ...

World Bank Nominee Meets Head of China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

World Bank President-nominee Ajay Banga met with the head of the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) on Wednesday during his brief trip to Beijing. The AIIB released a short statement after the meeting that said the two discussed "how the ...

The Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe Takes Aim at Remarks by Washington’s Ambassador-Designate to Harare

The Chinese embassy in Zimbabwe published a blistering response to comments made by U.S. Ambassador-designate Pamela Tremont during her Senate confirmation hearings last week in Washington, D.C. During questioning, Tremont was pressed by senators to contrast China's engagement in Zimbabwe with ...

Key Foreign Policy Outcomes From the Opening Weekend of China’s Two Sessions

Foreign policy priorities featured more prominently at China's annual legislative gathering that kicked off in Beijing over the weekend than in recent years. The event known as the Two Sessions is a joint convention of  China's National People's Congress (NPC) and ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Proposed New York Law Could Reshape Debt Negotiations Around the World

A bill currently under consideration in New York State could reshape sovereign debt renegotiations around the world by making private creditors accept the same losses as the U.S. government would as a sovereign creditor instead of holding out for a full payback.
The bill comes as countries like Zambia and Sri Lanka face their loan renegotiations being dragged out for years as U.S.-based private lenders stonewall to obtain better deals. 52% of the ...

Kenya’s Ambassador to China Leaves Unexpectedly

Kenya's outgoing ambassador to China, Mary Muthoni, is leaving her post after only ten months on the job, far less than her predecessor, who spent three years in Beijing. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nairobi did not explain what prompted ...

Chinese Search and Rescue Teams Now on the Ground in Turkey with Dozens More on the Way

An 82-person Chinese search and rescue team is on the ground in earthquake-hit Türkiye after arriving at Adana airport on Wednesday. The team brought 20 tons of medical supplies, rescue equipment, and four sniffer dogs. The team 

China Sends Personnel, Aid to Assist With Quake Recovery in Türkiye

China announced a series of measures to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to Türkiye and Syria in response to Tuesday's devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that killed at least 8,000 people. Beijing is still a relatively new actor in being able ...

China’s Wolf Warrior Defanged

China’s most prominent Wolf Warrior diplomat, Zhao Lijian, has been moved from his previous position as Foreign Ministry spokesperson to a new post as Deputy Director of the Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs. While the shift is technically a lateral move, 

Africa, Meet Qin Gang… Qin Gang, this is Africa

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang begins a five-nation, week-long tour of Africa in what will be his first public appearance in his new role. Qin, who until a few weeks ago was Beijing's envoy to Washington, D.C., is a Europeanist who has no background in African affairs ...
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