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Chinese Horn of Africa Special Envoy Arrives in Sudan For Two Days of Talks

China's point man for diplomacy in the Horn of Africa, Xue Bing, landed in Khartoum on Tuesday for two days of talks. Shortly after he arrived, Xue met with Ministry of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Daffallah Al-Haj Ali. No specific ...

Turns Out China Still Finances Railway Projects in Africa

Until recently, it was widely understood that China had stepped back from lending large amounts of money to African governments for railway projects with questionable prospects of repayment. Apparently, that was an exaggeration. Sudan, according to Bloomberg, secured ...

Will China Bring Stability to the Horn of Africa?

Lukas Fiala Early next week, Ethiopia will host a China-sponsored Horn of Africa peace conference – the first of its kind. Taking place at the China-financed African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, the event will be a key opportunity for Beijing ...

China’s Special Envoy For the Horn of Africa Makes Final Preparations Ahead of Next Week’s Peace Conference

China's Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa met last week with diplomatic representatives from the eight Horn of Africa countries to go over details ahead of next Monday's first-ever Chinese-sponsored HoA peace conference that it's co-hosting with the Ethiopian government.

Sudan’s First Confucius Institute Strengthens Military Ties

The Sudanese army is going to learn to speak Chinese! Well, at least a small contingent will. This follows the opening of the country’s first Confucius Institute at the University of Khartoum this week. The CI’s inaugural class will be made ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Climate Sweet, Climate Bitter

Last week it was Pakistan, this week South Florida. The climate collapse is like a monstrous four-dimensional version of whack-a-mole. You never know where – or how – it will hit. But the hits keep coming.

With the damaged Nord Stream pipeline (and the Global North’s unmitigated hydrocarbon dependence it represents) bubbling away in the Baltic Sea, U.S. climate czar John Kerry’s high-handed comments to the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment earlier this month ...

The Ukraine War and Great Power Politics in the Global South

While the war in Ukraine has done a lot to repair the West's once frayed alliance, it's also brought together a disparate group of countries throughout the Global South who have resisted condemning Russia for the invasion and Moscow's brutal assault ...

China’s Special Mideast Envoy Meets With Sudan Leader

Zhai Jun, China’s Special Envoy to the Middle East, met on Tuesday with the head of Sudan’s army and the leader of the October 25 military coup that plunged the country into crisis, Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan. Zhai’s trip is part ...

Right Now There Are Two Chinese Special Envoys on the Move in Africa

Two Chinese Special Envoys are currently touring Africa. Zhai Jun, China's Special Envoy to the Middle East arrived in Sudan late Monday night, his second visit there in a month. Zhai is currently on a week-long tour of Middle East and North African countries ...

China Names Veteran Diplomat Xue Bing to Newly Created Role of Special Envoy For the Horn of Africa

The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced that senior diplomat Xue Bing, most recently the ambassador to the South Pacific island state of Papua New Guinea (PNG), will be China's first Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa. Xue's appointment ...

Seeking ‘Olympic Spirit’ in the Global South

By Lukas Fiala and Hugo Jones, China Foresight LSE IDEAS Over the past month, political leaders and Olympic committee officials from a dozen African countries have publicly expressed their support for China’s hosting of the Winter Olympics this February. On Tuesday, Nigeria’s ...
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