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Tuvalu Minister Pulls out of U.N. Ocean Conference After China Blocks Its Taiwanese Delegates

Simon Kofe, the foreign minister of Tuvalu, pulled out of the United Nations Ocean Conference opening in Portugal on Monday after China blocked the participation of three Taiwanese included in the tiny Pacific island nation's delegation list, according to Radio New Zealand. (REUTERS)

Qatar Reverses Decision to List Taiwan as a Province of China

World Cup organizers in Qatar appear to have reversed a decision to list ticket holders from Taiwan as being from China. Earlier this week, the Foreign Ministry in Taipei said it was "unacceptable" that its residents ...

China’s Ambassador to Somalia Makes Clear That When It Comes to Taiwan, There’s No Room For Compromise

Occasionally, China's famously media-shy ambassadors in Africa come out of their shells and engage in surprisingly frank discussions on social media. Admittedly, it doesn't happen very often but it did on Monday over on Fei Shengchao's Twitter page when the Chinese envoy to Somalia responded to critical ...

China Fumes While Taiwan and Somaliland Officials Bump Elbows

It's been a busy two days for a ministerial delegation from Somaliland, who are in Taiwan for the week. Soon after they arrived, Foreign Minister Essa Kayd Mohamoud met with President Tsai Ing-wen. Later on Wednesday, the group traversed the short distance across 2/28 Peace Park to ...

Somaliland FM Pitches “Huge” Oil and Gas Potential to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen

Somaliland Foreign Minister Esse Kayd on Wednesday began a five-day tour of Taiwan at the Presidential Office Building in Taipei, where he met with President Tsai Ing-wen. Kayd was especially keen to extol the potential for Taiwanese companies ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The G7’s New Infrastructure Initiative Could Strengthen China’s Global South Game: Experts

The G7’s new Partnership for Global Infrastructure Investment (PGII), a $600 billion plan to build infrastructure across the Global South and counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), could have the effect of improving how Chinese companies do business and could end up improving the BRI itself, according to development experts. 

Some acknowledged that the BRI has been controversial for its environmental and debt impacts. But they also pointed out ...

Conservative Think Tank Analysts in DC Want the White House to Formally Recognize Somaliland as a Challenge to China

There are growing calls among prominent conservative foreign policy analysts in Washington, D.C. for the United States to extend formal diplomatic recognition to the self-declared state of Somaliland as a way to confront "the growing threat from China and uncertainty over Djibouti's future."

Beijing and Taipei: The Latin American Geopolitical Connection

By Dr. Alvaro Mendez Some observers insist that the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) presence in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is not geopolitically motivated. I acknowledge that Chinese foreign policy may be driven currently mostly by economic, diplomatic, and ...

Between ‘a’ Vision and ‘the’ Vision Lies Division

Everyone is cramming in a last flurry of calls and briefings and ‘quickly touching base on’ before the end of the year. It made my week so jam-packed that I can literally not recall what I said to whom. One through-line, however, has been values. This is ...

A Small Chinese Aid Donation in The Gambia Reveals One of China’s Bigger Priorities in Africa

At a glance, Saturday's announcement that China would provide a $23 million grant to The Gambia for unspecified "economic and technical cooperation" (that's often diplomatic speak for unrestricted aid) doesn't seem remarkable at all. Ambassador Ma Jianchun ...

The Chinese Embassy in Mogadishu Seethes Over Taiwan’s Presence in Somaliland

Although China has not said much of Taiwan's trade office in the self-declared state of Somaliland since it opened last year, it's nonetheless evident that Taipei's official presence in the Horn of Africa gives them heartburn, particularly among diplomats at the embassy in Mogadishu. ...
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