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Taking Stock of China’s Diplomatic Surge in the Persian Gulf

Even just a few years ago, it would have stretched credulity to argue that China was a major diplomatic player in the Persian Gulf. Today, that is no longer the case as Beijing is fast becoming one of the key actors ...

China ‘Deeply Concerned’ Over Iran President’s Helicopter Accident

China said on Monday it was "deeply concerned" after Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi's helicopter went missing in what Tehran's state media described as an accident and pledged to help the rescue operation. Contact was lost with the aircraft carrying Raisi, as ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida Implicitly Accused Beijing of Setting “Debt Traps

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida took aim at Chinese development financing in developing countries, implicitly accusing Beijing of setting "debt traps." Kishida made the remarks in Brazil on Saturday during a South American tour that is widely seen as an effort to challenge Beijing's growing influence in the ...

The Complications of Iran-China Relations

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to France provides an interesting moment to reflect on both the reality of China-Iran relations and how these are seen from the outside. European leaders like EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen see China as 

EU Chief Calls on China to Pressure Iran Over Weapons Sales

European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen made a direct appeal to visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping to help curb Iranian weapons sales in the Middle East. “We believe that China can play an important role in limiting the irresponsible ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

Chinese Perspectives on the Recent Iran-Israel Clash

By Adam Koi On April 1, 2024, an airstrike against the Iranian embassy complex in Damascus, Syria, destroyed the building housing the Iranian consulate and killed sixteen people, including high-ranking officers of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Although no country officially ...

China’s Growing Influence in the Persian Gulf

It wasn't that long ago the Persian Gulf was a no-go zone for Chinese diplomacy. Back then, China didn't source much energy from Gulf countries, and its diplomats were ill-equipped to handle the region's contentious politics. That is no longer the ...

Malaysia Sells a Lot More Oil (Mostly to China) Than It Produces

Iran sold just $1.2 billion worth of goods to China in the first quarter of the year, according to new China Customs data released this week. That figure, though, is wholly misleading since it does not align with the news that 

Should China Use Its Influence With Iran to Help the U.S. and Israel?

Senior U.S. leaders have once again called on China to use its considerable economic leverage to persuade Iran to change its behavior in the escalating conflict with Israel. Various U.S. officials have made this same request on several occasions already, going ...

China to Play ‘Constructive Role’ to Ease Tensions After Reported Strike on Iran

China said Friday that it will "continue to play a constructive role to de-escalate" tensions in the Middle East after Iranian media reported explosions heard near the city of Isfahan and US media quoted officials saying Israel had carried out retaliatory strikes on its arch-rival.
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