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China’s Foreign Minister to Visit Seven Pacific Island States

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi is embarking on a ten-day tour of Pacific Island states this week. Kicking off with the Solomon Islands, the tour will also take Wang to Kiribati, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, and East Timor. The trip will run ...

Western Governments Expected to Fret Anew When Wang Yi Travels to the Solomon Islands to Sign Security Pact

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is scheduled to embark on a three-nation tour of the South Pacific this week that will include a stop in the Solomon Islands where he will sign a controversial new security agreement.

The Solomon Islands’ Deal with China Highlights Western Dilemmas

China’s newly-signed security deal with the Solomon Islands is positioning the archipelago state at the center of global strategic disputes between China and Western powers. This has important implications for Africa and other regions in the Global South. The ...

A Full-on Freak Out is Underway About China’s New Security Pact With the Solomon Islands

A joint security agreement between the Solomon Islands and China is sparking considerable anxiety among government officials, security analysts, and scholars in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States who see it as a direct challenge to both countries' military interests in the Pacific.

China’s Australia Tensions a Win for South African Wines 

South Africa doubled its exports of wine to China last year, following the souring of relations between Beijing and its biggest wine seller, Australia. While we’ve seen sporadic reports of how Western Cape wine farmers are leaning into their ...

Solomon Islands Claps Back at Australia for China Pressure

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare hit out at critics of the Pacific Island nation’s recent security deal with China. The contract of the deal was recently leaked, raising alarm in New Zealand and Australia about a possible Chinese military presence ...

Major Setback For Chinese Mining Interests in Guinea as Junta Suspends Simandou Iron Ore Project

China's long-term ambition to reduce its dependence on Australian iron ore suffered a major setback late last week when Guinea's ruling junta ordered the immediate suspension of all activities at the massive Simandou mine. Interim President Mamady ...

EV Battery Metals: Chinese Mining Companies Moving Quickly to Close More Lithium Deals in the DR Congo

The Chinese Mining Company Suzhou CATH Energy Technologies closed a $240 million investment with Australia's AVZ Minerals for rights to the Manono lithium mine in the southern DR Congo. The Chinese company now has a 24% stake in the mine that ...

South African Foreign Policy Too Much of a “Mess” For China to Exert Significant Influence Analyst Tells Sky News Australia

An interesting exchange took place on a recent episode of the Global Focus program on Sky News Australia where host Chris Pyne wanted to know from fellow Australian author and Africa scholar Jamie Miller whether China is exerting undue economic and political influence in South Africa. 

Why Perceptions of China Vary So Much Depending on Where You Live

Public perceptions of China vary markedly depending on where you live in the world. In wealthy advanced economies in the Global North, negative sentiment towards China is now at all-time highs and ...
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