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Why the U.S. And Israel Are Not Aligned on China

Israel and China are reportedly in the final stages of negotiating a free trade agreement that both sides say will be done before the end of the year. This may come as a surprise to some given how relations between the ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Developing Countries in Asia, for the First Time in More Than 30 Years, Will Grow Faster Than China

Developing countries in Asia, for the first time in more than 30 years, will grow faster than China, according to a new report by the Asian Development Bank. The bank forecasts China's annual growth rate this year to be just 3.3% compared to 4.3% for developing countries in ...

China’s Increasingly Close Ties With Syria Are Making Israel Very Nervous

China's outgoing ambassador to Syria, Feng Biao, held what appeared to be a rather friendly meeting with President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday providing yet another indication of the increasingly close ties between the two countries -- a trend that's making observers across the border in ...

Israel is Becoming the Role Model For How the U.S. Wants Its Allies to Deal With China, Says Foreign Policy Expert

Israel is emerging as a role model for how the United States wants its allies around the world to distance themselves from economic and technical engagement with China, according to Ilan Berman, vice president of the American Foreign Policy Institute in a column published ...

Battery Metals Revealing the Limits of U.S. Pressure?

The meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo is currently dominating China-Global South conversations. This isn’t because anything particularly notable emerged from their discussion. Rather, the very blandness of the meeting seems to signal a possible normalization of Chinese outward engagement, which ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Top State Department Official Says China’s Debt Relief Offer to Sri Lanka is “Not Enough”

Another senior U.S. diplomat has accused China of not doing enough to resolve Sri Lanka’s debt renegotiation, a sign that the island’s financial crisis is increasingly being framed geopolitically.
U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland said: “What China has offered so far is not enough. We need to see credible and specific assurances that they will meet the IMF standard of debt relief.”

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Chinese Authorities Arrest Owner of Car Covered in Nazi Symbols After Israeli Protest

Police in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan arrested the owner of a small passenger car with decals of Nazi symbols on it. The vehicle was brought to the attention of authorities by the Israeli consulate in the provincial capital Chengdu after it posted ...

Israel’s Shakshuka Diplomacy in China

China’s efforts to promote itself to foreign audiences frequently take the form of stiffly-produced TV inserts on traditional cuisine and historical festivals.  But China isn’t alone in this game - sometimes, it goes the other way. Behold the awkward glory of ...