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South Africa’s Ruling Elite Bid Farewell to China’s Ambassador

Chinese Ambassador Chen Xiaodong is leaving South Africa after the end of his term of nearly four years in a routine change of the guard. Chen’s tenure was largely unremarkable, especially in light of his predecessor, Lin Songtian, who maintained a ...

Hints Emerge China Will Not Replace Wang Yi as Foreign Minister

It does not appear that China plans to replace its foreign minister, Wang Yi, as was widely speculated in the run-up to the annual legislative gathering known as the Two Sessions that started on Monday. Normally, when ministerial appointments are to be ...

The Man Who Would Be China’s Next Foreign Minister

Speculation is circling that Liu Jianchao might be China’s next foreign minister. Some expect he could be officially named in the position as early as this week during the National People’s Congress legislative session. Liu’s appointment would likely not herald radical changes ...

Beijing’s New Ambassador to Angola Arrives at a Critical Juncture in Africa-China Relations

By Lukas Fiala The arrival of China’s new ambassador, Zhang Bin, to Angola last week was barely noticed outside the niche community watching Chinese diplomacy. While this posting is reportedly Zhang’s first ambassadorial appointment, it is not his first in Angola. ...

Meet the Chinese VP Who is Fast Becoming a Major Player in Beijing’s Diplomacy

The role of a Chinese vice president, like their U.S. counterpart, has largely been ceremonial, particularly in the diplomatic sphere where the Director of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee Foreign Affairs Commission and the Foreign Minister (now a combined role) have traditionally been the most prominent envoys. ...

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 ...

Biden Picks Asia Hand Kurt Campbell as Deputy Secretary of State

President Biden has nominated top Asia strategist Kurt Campbell as Deputy Secretary of State. The choice of Campbell as Secretary of State Antony Blinken's second-in-command signals continued attention to China despite the U.S.'s growing focus on conflicts in Europe and the Middle East.  

Cambodia’s New PM to Visit China

Cambodia’s new Prime Minister, Hun Manet, will visit China for two days from Thursday, one of his first official overseas visits since taking over from his father, Hun Sen. He will meet with China’s President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Qiang. Six ...

New Prominence for Premier Li Qiang as Xi Skips Summits

Chinese Premier Li Qiang is gaining unexpected prominence thanks to the fact that he is standing in for President Xi Jinping at this week’s ASEAN and G20 summits, where he'll represent the PRC in the same room as people like U.S. President Joe Biden.

Xi Mysteriously Failed to Show Up at a BRICS Event, Sparking Wild Speculation Over What Happened

The opening day of the BRICS summit in South Africa began as expected on Tuesday with a flurry of high-profile arrivals in Johannesburg followed by a bilateral meeting between South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. The two ...

Analyst Handicaps Who’s in Contention to Become China’s Next Foreign Minister

The "House of Cards"-style drama that's unfolded in the Chinese Foreign Ministry over the past month is prompting intense speculation from China watchers in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere over who will ultimately become foreign minister following Qin Gang's unexpected exit last week.
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