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China’s Top Diplomat for Africa Appointed as Ambassador to South Africa

Wu Peng, China’s new ambassador-designate, arrived in South Africa on Monday. His appointment is the latest example of high-powered diplomats with continent-wide experience becoming the PRC’s envoys to Pretoria. Before he took up the ambassadorship, Wu was the Director-General of the ...

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 ...

China’s Naval Diplomacy Comeback

​​By Lukas Fiala Earlier this week, Vice Admiral Monde Lobese, Chief of the South African Navy, met with China’s Defense Minister, Admiral Dong Jun 董军 in Beijing. For PLA analysts, the visit may come as no surprise, given the PLA’s ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

New Chinese Ambassadors Arrive in Key Posts Amid Major Personnel Changes

Xu Feihong, the newly-named Chinese envoy to India, arrived in New Delhi on Friday, where he will take up a post that's been empty for almost a year and a half.  It may take some time before Xu formally assumes his ...

Labor Relations at Chinese Construction Sites in Africa

Few topics have shaped perceptions about China's engagement in Africa more than the presence of Chinese construction sites across the continent. Chinese contractors have built countless ports, roads, railways, and more, but the way that work has been done has been ...

What 22 Years of China-Africa Trade, Development Finance, and FDI Reveals About Renewable Energy Support for African Countries

By Oyintarelado Moses Energy access and transition are prominent development objectives in African countries. Across the continent, 43% of the population does not have access to electricity and 670 million people lack access to ...

ByteDance Shuts Down Free African Messaging App That Failed to Challenge WhatsApp

Chinese tech firm ByteDance shut down its three-year-old multimedia messaging app LetsChat earlier this month, a rare defeat for the social media giant that hoped the platform would take off among Africa’s ballooning youth population. In contrast to TikTok, ByteDance’s short ...

China is Buying More Agricultural Products From Africa, But There Is Still a Lot of Room For Growth

Chinese consumers can now buy Kenyan coffee, tea, and avocados — all shipped tariff-free. The latest data show that China is buying more agricultural products from Africa, but for all the Kenyan farm produce heading east, Chinese garlic and fish are also increasingly heading in the opposite ...
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