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Mixed Reactions in Asia, Africa About the Return of Chinese Tourists

For the first time in three years, as of Sunday, Chinese nationals are now permitted to travel abroad, prompting a wave of nervous excitement among tourism operators in Asia and elsewhere about the long-awaited return of cash-flush Chinese travelers. Outbound travel ...

Exposed: The Asian Companies Ruining West Africa’s Forests

West and Central Africa house some of the world’s last remaining old-growth rainforests. Asian timber companies are now driving widespread irresponsible logging, leaving ruined ecosystems in their wake.  However, simply blaming ‘China’ for this destruction is unrealistic. The environmental ...

Where Does China Source Its Natural Gas

China is the world's fastest-growing market for natural gas and imported more last year than any other country -- accounting for 60% of global demand. The bulk of China's imports in 2021 came from Australia (40%), with Malaysia, Qatar and the ...

Two Southeast Asian States Stand Out in Pew’s Latest U.S. vs. China Public Opinion Survey

Singapore and Malaysia stood apart in Pew Research's latest public opinion poll that surveyed 25,000 respondents in 19 middle and high-income countries about their perceptions of China and the United States. While public views of China in other wealthy countries ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Warned That Asian Countries Are at Risk of Becoming “Chess Pieces”

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned that Asian countries are at risk of becoming "chess pieces" in the burgeoning geopolitical rivalry with the United States. Instead, he argued to the ASEAN Secretariat on Monday that "the future of our region should be in our own hands." Wang's comments ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Xi Bets on Global South in Moscow

Today is a public holiday in South Africa – Human Rights Day. There’s a certain irony in spending the day focusing on China’s President Xi Jinping’s visit to Vladimir Putin, knee-deep in a human rights disaster.
What one makes of the Ukraine crisis increasingly maps on where one lives. This is made clear by a remarkable new set of polling data recently published by the European Council on Foreign Relations ...

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi Wraps Up Southeast Asian Tour with Promise for South China Sea Code of Conduct

Wang Yi, China's Minister of Foreign Affairs, pledged progress on a long-awaited code of conduct for the South China Sea region. His comments came as he wrapped up a five-nation tour of the region in Malaysia.  China's claim on ...

Backgrounder: How Chinese Infrastructure is Reshaping ASEAN Trade

Even as China's territorial wrangles with some of its South China Sea neighbors show no sign of letting up, Chinese infrastructure is taking its trade relations with Southeast Asia to new levels.  In particular, ambitious new land-sea corridors are credited for ...