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Dozens of Diplomats From Muslim-Majority Countries Tour Xinjiang

The Chinese government organized another tour of Xinjiang for dozens of diplomats from Muslim majority countries in Asia and the Middle East. In all, 32 diplomats visited three cities (Kashgar, Aksu, and Urumqi) last week as part of Beijing's efforts to counter well-documented accusations that ...

How a Major Shift in Chinese Lending is Backfiring Across the Global South

Chinese lending is increasingly shifting from boosting development to helping indebted countries keep the lights on. This is now adding to debt distress across the developing world. AidData, a research group at the College of William and Mary ...

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 ...

A Glimpse into China’s Senior Diplomat’s Visit to Africa and Asia

Yang Jiechi, one of China's most senior foreign policy officials and a politburo member, visited Pakistan, The UAE, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe earlier this month and gave a rare interview to Xinhua about his trip.  While he mostly stuck to official talking ...

China and the Prospect of Early Retirement of Coal Plants in the Global South

By Alex Clark, Christoph Nedopil and Cecilia Springer Formerly the world’s largest public financier of coal, China has committed not to build new coal plants overseas. China has financed between 41 GW and 52 GW of currently operating ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

India Could Ban Cheap Chinese Phones

The Indian government could push Chinese mobile phone manufacturers out of the lower end of its market, according to a new report by Bloomberg. The possible ban is reportedly aimed at boosting India’s failing domestic phone makers in the lucrative sub-12,000 rupee ($150) sector. 

The move will be a blow to Chinese companies like Xiaomi, RealMe, and Transsion, who make up 80% of sales in the sub-$150 sector. Low-end smartphones occupy a third ...

Fears of Chinese Predatory Lending in Central Asia

The Chairman of Kyrgyzstan's Council of Ministers, Akylbek Zhaparov, repeated debunked accusations on Wednesday that China seized strategic assets in both Pakistan and Sri Lanka when they couldn't afford to repay their debts. He warned that the same could happen in his Central Asian country ...