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Xi Jinping Travels to Saudi Arabia For High-Profile Summits With Saudi and Arab Leaders

Chinese President Xi Jinping will arrive in Riyadh on Wednesday for a three-day visit that will include a trio of summits with Saudi Arabia's rulers and Arab leaders. Even though preparations in the Kingdom had been underway for weeks ...

Why the Persian Gulf is China’s “New Africa”

Fifteen years ago, Africa supplied a third of China's imported oil and was a key recipient of foreign investment beyond its near abroad in east Asia. Today, a large portion of that energy procurement has shifted to countries in the Persian ...

Chinese World Cup Broadcast Doesn’t Show Maskless Crowds

When Chinese football fans turned on their TVs to watch World Cup matches from Qatar, there was a sense of disbelief over how tens of thousands of maskless fans were all packed together in stadiums while millions of Chinese compatriots at home are still confined ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Beijing Considering Hosting a Third Belt & Road Forum Next Year

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Beijing is considering hosting a third Belt & Road forum next year, the first time a major BRI event would be convened in China since the beginning of the pandemic. The key question is whether China will relax its strict COVID travel restrictions ...

Security, Trade Top Agenda During Wang Yi’s Meeting With Gulf Ministers in New York

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met on Tuesday with a group of six ministers from Persian Gulf countries and the General Secretary of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Nayef Al-Hajraf, for a wide-ranging session on trade and security issues.

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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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Qatar Reverses Decision to List Taiwan as a Province of China

World Cup organizers in Qatar appear to have reversed a decision to list ticket holders from Taiwan as being from China. Earlier this week, the Foreign Ministry in Taipei said it was "unacceptable" that its residents ...