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Billion Dollar Infrastructure Fund Reveals China’s New Development Finance Priorities and Tactics

The Chinese government is leveraging private capital to bolster its infrastructure development finance agenda in developing countries, particularly in Southeast Asia.  The China Exim Bank, one of China's two main policy banks, announced this week that it teamed ...

A Look Back on a Week of Intense Chinese Diplomacy in Southeast Asia

Chinese President returned home from a week of intense diplomacy in Indonesia and Thailand where he attended a pair of summits and held more than a dozen bilaterals with other international leaders. Both the G20 ...

China-Mexico Love-In at the G20

Even as the G20 summit focused on Chinese President Xi Jinping’s high-profile meetings, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with his Mexican counterpart Marcelo Ebrard. While the full agenda of their meeting wasn’t released, China’s Foreign Ministry said, “Ebrard ...

It May Not Look Like Much, But This Handshake Between Xi and Modi is a Big Deal

They looked at each other, smiled, shook hands for an uncomfortably long time, and even exchanged a few pleasantries. It may not look like much, but this brief interaction between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at ...

Even in a Foreign Country, China Made Other Leaders Treat Xi as the Host

One observation that emerged from Tuesday's flurry of meetings between Chinese President Xi Jinping and various world leaders on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali was that President Xi stood at the flags waiting to greet his counterparts as if he was somehow hosting them ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Jiang Zemin Created the Africa-China Relationship As We Know It Today

Reflections on the legacy of Jiang Zemin, China’s president from 1993 to 2003, who passed away on Wednesday, emphasized how he presided over a decade of explosive economic growth. Fewer have pointed out that he was also a key architect of China’s current relationship with Africa. 
After the Mao era, emblematized by Chinese involvement in African anti-colonial struggles, the relationship went dormant as China focused on building economic ties ...

Africa in the Background as Geopolitics Dominate the G20 

The G20 summit in Bali is firmly focused on great power politics, with few Global South issues getting any oxygen so far.  The meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping unsurprisingly dominated the coverage. ...

Biden in Asia Moves to Bolster the U.S. Against China

U.S. President Joe Biden landed on the Indonesian island of Bali late Sunday night ahead of the G20 leaders' summit, where he is also expected to meet with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. Monday's meeting between the two leaders will be the first ...

Why Xi and Modi Should (and Shouldn’t) Meet on the Sidelines of the G20 Summit in Bali

While much of the attention this week at the G20 summit in Bali will be on Monday's meeting between the U.S. and Chinese presidents, in South Asia, many observers will be keeping a close watch on what happens between Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

WEEK IN REVIEW: Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden to Attend Next Week’s G20 Summit in Bali

Indonesian President Joko Widodo confirmed that both Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden will attend next week's G20 summit in Bali but said it's still not certain if Russian leader Vladimir Putin will be there. President Xi will spend much of next week traveling in ...

It Worked For Nickel, So Why Not Tin? Indonesia Wants to Move Up the Value Chain by Blocking Exports of Raw Commodities

The Indonesian government plans to add tin bars to the growing list of commodities that it will ban for export as part of an ambitious effort to have more of these resources processed domestically. A similar ban that was ...
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