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The Global South is Entering a New Era Led by China, Not the West: Chinese Scholar

The decline of the U.S. and the West is a foregone conclusion, as is the rise of the Global South, led by China, and these trends are going to take precipitous strides this year. This view is outlined in a new paper by a Chinese academic and ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Australia to Call on China to Remove Remaining Economic Sanctions on Imported Australian Products

Australia's Trade Minister Don Farrell said he would call on his Chinese counterpart Wang Wentao to remove all remaining economic sanctions on imported Australian products when they meet later this month.  Beijing imposed tariffs on Australian goods in 2020 after Canberra called for an investigation into the origins ...

UK Foreign Secretary Cameron to Pressure China Over Red Sea Attacks

UK Foreign Secretary David Cameron is the latest Western politician who apparently feels he can persuade China to use its influence to rein in Iran-backed Houthi militants attacking cargo vessels in the Red Sea. Cameron said he is going to ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Iran, Russia and China Will Conduct Joint Naval Exercises in March

Iran, Russia and China will conduct joint naval exercises in March, according to Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Shahram Irani. Details on the specific location of the war games and what other countries have been invited were not announced. The three countries conducted similar drills last year at ...

China Calls for Calm in the Red Sea as Oil, Shipping Prices Steadily Edge Higher

The Chinese Foreign Ministry issued a new appeal for calm in the Red Sea on Tuesday but made no mention of reports as to whether or not Beijing spoke with officials in Iran to rein in Houthi militants attacking cargo ships. ...

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 ...

Iran Denies China Pressured Tehran to Curtail Red Sea Houthi Attacks

The Iranian Foreign Ministry refuted reports that China had called on Tehran to pressure Houthi militants in Yemen to halt attacks on cargo ships transiting through the Red Sea. Spokesman Nasser Kanaani told reporters on Monday that a Reuters report published last ...

China in Damage-Control Mode in Pakistan

Sun Weidong, China’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, had a high-profile meeting in Pakistan, days after tit-for-tat airstrikes between the South Asian country and Iran killed at least twelve people. The ostensible reason for Sun’s visit was to improve cooperation around the ...

3 Reasons Why China Didn’t Join the U.S.-Led Coalition to Counter Houthi Attacks in the Red Sea

There was some dismay/confusion in the U.S. and Europe when China opted not to join the multinational coalition to combat Houthi attacks in the Red Sea. A lot of Western analysts supposed, incorrectly, that it would be in China's economic ...

Chinese Experts on Red Sea: Not Our Problem

Chinese exporters’ profit margins are suffering as container shipping companies reroute their ships away from the Red Sea. The move to escape strikes by Houthi militias against ships headed for Israel will add to shipping time and costs, driving up shipping quotes for next year.

Don’t Overestimate China’s Influence in the Middle East: Researcher

China’s complex position as a rising diplomatic power and a major oil buyer in the Middle East raises questions about its position as realities in the region shift rapidly. This discussion has both overstated China’s ambitions as wanting to replace the U.S. ...
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