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Wang Yi Lays Out Sweeping Foreign Policy Vision Where China Will be a “Force for Stability”

Foreign Minister Wang Yi countered critics who contend Beijing is freeloading off the international system in the Mideast and fueling instability in Asia, saying China will be a "force for stability" in the world. "No matter the changes in the ...

Indian, Chinese FMs Shook Hands and Held a Brief Exchange at Munich Security Conference

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met very briefly with his Indian counterpart S. Jaishankar at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday in an interaction that sparked a lot of buzz in India, but went wholly unnoticed in China. It's probably overstating ...

German President in Vietnam to Lessen Dependence on China

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is in Vietnam with a delegation of business executives. While Germany is already heavily invested in the Southeast Asian country, the visit feeds into Berlin’s larger mission to “de-risk” its relationship with China. Steinmeier will discuss investment deals ...

China Hits Back at Germany’s South China Sea Criticisms

China is lashing back at what it sees as Germany’s meddling in Beijing’s regional conflicts in the South China Sea. The German foreign minister, Annalena Baerbock, visited Manila last week and criticized what she called China’s aggression against Philippine forces in maritime ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: DRC President Félix Tshisekedi Officially Inaugurated a New Chinese-Built Dry Port

Félix Tshisekedi, the president of the DRC, officially inaugurated a new Chinese-built dry port. The Sakania dry port is on the border with Zambia and will double as a border post and a nerve center in the countries’ cross-border mining industries. Built by Jiayou International Logistics, it is ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz Embarks on Three-Day, Two-Nation African Tour

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will embark on a three-day, two-nation African tour, marking the second G7 leader this week to visit the continent. Scholz will arrive in Ethiopia on Thursday and then go to Kenya on Friday. The Chancellor's visit is widely seen as part a broader EU ...

New African Debt Database Shows Chinese Loans Are Cheap, But Not the Cheapest

Researchers at the Kiel Institue for the World Economy in Germany launched a new database of African debt that confirms a key Chinese talking point: Beijing's loans to African countries are significantly cheaper than those of commercial creditors. However, David Mihalyi and ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Chinese and Indian Oil Buyers Ignoring West’s Price Cap on Russian Crude

Chinese and Indian oil buyers are ignoring the West's price cap on Russian crude, snapping up a majority of Moscow's output at prices well above the $60 per barrel limit. The cap was imposed by G7 countries in a bid to curb revenue used by the Russian military ...

Chinese Company Commences Construction Works After 5-Year Delay as Kenya Turns to Mega Dams for Irrigation

China’s Sinohydro Corporation and Engineering has received the green light to commence works on the $135 million Mwache Multipurpose Dam project in Kenya’s Kwale County. Launched by President William Ruto on Thursday, the long-awaited project is scheduled for completion in 2026. ...

Germany’s Ambassador to Ghana Explains Why He Thinks China is Hesitating to Set Up a Creditor Committee

The German government is advocating on behalf of Ghana for China to stop stalling in the creation of a new Creditor Committee that will restructure Accra's debts. Last week, Ghana officially became the second African country in the post-pandemic era to default ...
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