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BRICS Summit Raises Questions About Shared Agenda

This week’s BRICS summit sets the stage for renewed wrangles around the bloc’s future role. The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa will meet virtually on Thursday to discuss cooperation on issues like health cooperation and the post-pandemic recovery.  ...

What Transsion Did in Africa’s Mobile Phone Market, Chinese Device Maker Realme is Doing in India

The Chinese brand RealMe isn’t well known in China, but it managed to zoom to the number 3 position in India’s notoriously competitive mobile phone market. With a 16% market share, the company is now only behind Samsung (20%) and China’s Xiaomi (23%.)

Gulf Countries’ Silence on China Uyghur Issue Becomes Focal Point in Anti-Islam Dispute With India

The escalating dispute between India and Persian Gulf governments over incendiary anti-Islamic comments made by the ruling BJP's national spokeswoman Nupur Sharma over the weekend is now drawing attention to Gulf countries' noticeable silence over the years on anything related to the treatment of China's Muslim ...

“Quad” Countries Launch High-Tech Plan to Track Chinese Illegal Fishing

The U.S., Japan, Australia and India, members of the "Quad," unveiled a new initiative on Tuesday that aims to monitor Chinese illegal fishing in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The new system will use satellite technology to provide tracking ...

Flurry of Coverage on China’s Rise in the Global South Reveals Indian Anxieties

Few countries are as anxious about China’s rise than India. However, a recent flurry of coverage shows that in contrast to the United States, India’s focus falls squarely on the Global South. These articles also show how central the Indian press and think tank community have been ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The G7’s New Infrastructure Initiative Could Strengthen China’s Global South Game: Experts

The G7’s new Partnership for Global Infrastructure Investment (PGII), a $600 billion plan to build infrastructure across the Global South and counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), could have the effect of improving how Chinese companies do business and could end up improving the BRI itself, according to development experts. 

Some acknowledged that the BRI has been controversial for its environmental and debt impacts. But they also pointed out ...

U.S. and India Could Be Behind Anti-Chinese Terrorist Attack in Pakistan: Chinese Expert

A prominent Chinese expert on South Asia said the United States and India may have been involved in the suicide bombing that killed three Chinese employees of the Confucius Center in Karachi, Pakistan.  Liu Zongyi, the Secretary-General ...

U.S. Internet Freedom Pledge Fails to Get Global South Support

Sixty countries signed a U.S.-led “Declaration of the Future of the Internet” late last week that called for greater online "openness and democracy." But who chose not to join is rapidly becoming the main story. But who chose not to join is rapidly becoming the main story. ...

Sri Lanka’s Debt Nightmare Kicks Off Familiar Narratives Abroad 

"We have lost the ability to repay foreign debt." This was the message from Sri Lanka’s newly appointed Central Bank Governor Nandalal Weerasinghe to journalists on Tuesday. The announcement could signal a wave of defaults across the Global South and makes Sri Lanka the newest ...

India-Africa Relations and the China Angle

India is becoming increasingly alarmed about China’s growing international influence, as frosty relations with Beijing persist despite recent Chinese overtures. This is especially true for Africa. India has long considered large swathes of the continent as a traditional sphere of influence.

Against Debt Trap Allegations as Financial Crisis Worsens

As Sri Lankan society buckles under an economic crisis fueled in part by an enormous debt burden, China is pushing back against allegations that it stranded the desperate country in a ‘debt trap.’ Mass protests took place across ...
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