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With a Little Help From My Friends: What Russia and North Korea’s Defense Treaty Tells Us About Global China

By Felix Brender 王哲謙 We all know matchmaking between two wildcards in your circle can be a bit of a gamble. It’s like introducing two sparks and hoping they ignite a friendly bonfire without starting a blaze that burns down the ...

China, Russia Conduct Joint Pacific Military Patrol

China and Russia conducted a joint naval patrol in the northern and western Pacific, Beijing's defense ministry said Sunday. The ministry added that the exercise was not "targeted" at any other nation. The two countries have drawn closer in recent years ...

China Seeks to Boost Shanghai Bloc to Counter the West

By Matthew Walsh China is seeking to strengthen its leadership of an expanding bloc of nations it sees as a potential counterweight to the world order led by the United States. Leaders of the Shanghai ...

Xi Calls on World Powers to Help Russia, Ukraine ‘Resume Direct Dialogue’

By James Edgar Chinese President Xi Jinping told Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Monday that world powers should help Russia and Ukraine re-start direct negotiations during a visit to Beijing branded a "peace mission" by the European leader.

SCOring Higher? China, Russia, and the Future of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

By Giulia Sciorati The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation's (SCO) annual Head of State meeting was hosted in Astana on July 3rd and 4th as part of the SCO’s Kazakh presidency. Despite its over twenty years of activity, the SCO has seldom attracted ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Letter From DC: Is Africa Holding Itself Back?

Whoo boy…We picked a doozy of a week to be in town. The overlapping reverberations from leadership fights within the Democratic Party, the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, and the announcement of JD Vance as his vice-presidential candidate are understandably focusing attention inwards.
That said, we’ve had fascinating conversations with very smart folks who focus on Africa, the wider Global South, and China’s role there. One theme ...

Putin and Xi Advance Anti-West Alliance at Central Asian Summit

The leaders of China and Russia on Thursday urged their allies and partners to resist malign external influence, advancing their shared anti-Western agenda at a regional summit in Central Asia. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping were ...

Putin, Xi Vie for Influence at Central Asian Summit

The leaders of Russia and China were in Kazakhstan on Wednesday for a regional summit, seeking to harden anti-Western alliances and press their influence in the strategic Central Asian region. Russian President Vladimir Putin touched down in the Kazakh capital of ...

It’s Time to Take the BRICS More Seriously

The BRICS group has existed since 2009 and has done little to distinguish itself in 15 years. They created a mid-sized development bank, but other than that, the bloc's accomplishments have been rather modest. That's ...

BRICS Foreign Ministers Decry Sanctions, Call for Gaza Ceasefire

Foreign ministers from the BRICS group, including the new member countries that joined the group of emerging powers last year, released a joint statement following their meeting in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod on Monday. The statement provided the first comprehensive ...

Dozens of Global South Foreign Ministers Arrive in Western Russia for BRICS+ Gathering

Foreign Ministers from the ten member states of the BRICS+ group, along with their counterparts from across the Global South, are gathering in the western Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod for two days of meetings. In all, some 20-25 countries are expected ...
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