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Where in the World is Xi Jinping Going?

The British newspaper The Guardian sparked excitement late last week with an exclusive report that Chinese President Xi Jinping would break his nearly 900-day absence from international travel with a visit to Saudi Arabia. Middle East correspondent Martin ...

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 ...

Chinese Official Dismisses Reports of Xi Trip to Saudi Arabia as “Gossip”

While Twitter was abuzz with speculation that Chinese President Xi Jinping would travel to Saudi Arabia this week based on a story in The Guardian, Wang Cheng, a highly-respected and normally very reliable Commerce Ministry dismissed the idea as 

China’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Issues Angry Denunciation of the West and Argues Beijing Should Be Kingdom’s Preferred Partner

Any time a senior U.S. official like the President or the Secretary of State travels to a region where the Chinese have a strong interest, one can expect the publication of a scathing denunciation of the "West" (typically they're mostly referring to the U.S.) accompanied by a ...

China Should Leverage Its Strengths in Development to Compete With the U.S. in the Middle East, Says Leading Expert

U.S. President Joe Biden's recent visit to Israel and Saudi Arabia put Great Power competition with China in the Middle East into sharp focus. But one of China's leading Mideast scholars, Fan Hongda, a professor at ...

Reports: Saudi Arabia Eyeing Chinese Stealth Fighter Jets

It appears that sources within the Saudi Arabian Royal Air Force are leaking information about their apparent interest in acquiring and possibly even manufacturing FC-31s, China's most advanced stealth fighter jet. Saudi news reports also indicate that ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in BRI Countries Jumped 10.2% in the First Five Months of the Year

Chinese foreign direct investment in BRI countries jumped 10.2% to $8.2 billion in the first five months of the year, according to new data from the Chinese government. Singapore, Indonesia and Pakistan were among the top FDI destinations in 2022. But the news wasn't so good for Chinese ...

China, Saudi Arabia Meet to Discuss Expanding Military Ties

Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe met with top defense officials from Saudi Arabia over the weekend to discuss closer security and military relations between the two countries. The timing of Saturday's meeting is significant. It occurred just one month before U.S. ...