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A Pariah in the West, Putin Finds Fans in Beijing

By Ludovic Ehret Beijingers praised Vladimir Putin's "charisma" on Thursday and expressed hopes that China would deepen ties with Moscow as the Russian leader paid a two-day visit. Putin's war in Ukraine, which began with ...

China Says Envoy Held Talks on Ukraine War in Middle East

China's Eurasia envoy has wrapped up a third round of shuttle diplomacy over the war in Ukraine, Beijing said Friday, as it seeks to position itself as a mediator in the conflict. China, which claims to be a neutral party in ...

China Isn’t Really Sure What It Wants to Do With the BRICS, Says Top Russian Analyst

Yaroslav Lissovolik, a former senior IMF official and ex-chief economist at Deutsche Bank, visited Beijing last month, where he met with senior Chinese corporate, government, and academic leaders to get a pulse on key geopolitical issues. The well-known Russian analyst, who ...

Sri Lanka Leases White Elephant Airport Built With Chinese Loans

Sri Lanka said Friday it had leased a white elephant international airport built with Chinese loans to a foreign joint venture as the island nation's bankrupt government seeks to offload loss-making assets. The small airport near a wildlife sanctuary on the ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Russia Building New Trade Routes to Asia to Circumvent International Sanctions

Russia is building new trade routes to Asia that will circumvent international sanctions by crossing the Arctic and passing through Iran to the Indian Ocean. The new routes will cut transport times to China and India by up to 50% while avoiding dangerous passages like the Red Sea. 

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Zimbabwe Agreement Could Signal China’s Return to African Rail

TransTech, a subsidiary of China Railway Group, reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) that could lead to a recapitalization of the country’s railway network.
Bloomberg reports that the agreement is currently limited to studying the project and producing a feasibility report by the end of June. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said: “It is our expectation that in the upcoming Forum for China and Africa taking place ...

China Imported a Record Amount of Oil Last Year

China broke its all-time record for oil imports last year, averaging 11.3 million barrels a day — 10% more than in 2022, according to new Chinese Customs data. Almost 20% of that volume came from Russia alone, which displaced Saudi Arabia ...

Gaza War Erodes Support for U.S. in Key Mideast Countries, Boosting Popularity of China and Russia, Says Poll

There's new evidence China is benefitting from the U.S.' unconditional support for Israel in the ongoing war in Gaza, according to the findings of a new public opinion survey conducted last month in four key countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

New Research Tracks Chinese, Russian Disinformation Campaigns in Africa

The number of disinformation campaigns purportedly initiated by Russia and China in Africa has nearly quadrupled since 2022, according to a new data set produced by the Pentagon-backed Africa Center for Strategic Studies. Researchers documented 189 instances of intentional efforts 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 ...

U.S. Bill Targets China’s Critical Mineral Stake

U.S. senators introduced legislation that would make federal agencies regularly track critical mineral and rare earth deposits around the world and who controls them. The Critical Minerals Security Act of 2024 would highlight when a deposit is controlled by “a foreign ...
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