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China Says Envoy Held Talks on Ukraine War in Middle East

China's Eurasia envoy has wrapped up a third round of shuttle diplomacy over the war in Ukraine, Beijing said Friday, as it seeks to position itself as a mediator in the conflict. China, which claims to be a neutral party in ...

China’s Special Envoy for the Mideast Briefs Arab Diplomats in Beijing

China's Special Envoy for the Middle East Zhai Jun briefed Arab and Persian Gulf diplomats on Wednesday about Beijing's latest positions in the region.  Zhai reportedly addressed the recent talks between representatives from the rival Palestinian groups Fatah and Hamas that ...

Mideast Media Outlets Are Misreading a Chinese Naval Deployment to the Gulf of Aden

A trio of Chinese warships departed the Port of Zhanjiang in Guangdong province last week and are now on their way to the Gulf of Aden.  There is nothing unusual about this deployment as the three vessels are going to replace ...

China’s Chief Climate Negotiator Reflects on Progress

As both the world’s largest carbon emitter and a global leader in renewable energy, China plays a key role in climate negotiations. A recent interview with Su Wei, Beijing’s chief negotiator on climate and a pivotal figure at last year’s COP28 ...

COP28 Ends With Fossil Fuel Compromise, Many Unanswered Questions

This year’s COP28 will likely be remembered for its epic fights about fossil fuel use. For the first time in the gathering’s history, an explicit commitment to “phase out” fossil fuels was on the agenda. The delegates didn’t get there, committing to “transition away” from hydrocarbons instead. ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Zimbabwe Agreement Could Signal China’s Return to African Rail

TransTech, a subsidiary of China Railway Group, reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) that could lead to a recapitalization of the country’s railway network.
Bloomberg reports that the agreement is currently limited to studying the project and producing a feasibility report by the end of June. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said: “It is our expectation that in the upcoming Forum for China and Africa taking place ...

Examining New Data on Chinese Foreign Direct Investment across the Wider Mediterranean Region

Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in the Mediterranean region grew by 5% in 2022 but differed by region. While the Middle East accounted for the bulk of the increase, southern Europe and North Africa suffered investment slumps. This is the key ...

China @ COP28: Victim or Villain?

This year's COP28 gathering is wrapping up in Dubai and it turned out to be the most controversial climate conference in years where China was at the center of many of the most contentious discussions on how to mitigate the impact ...

China To Play Key Role at “Hardest” Climate Meeting

China’s position on the phasing out of fossil fuels remains unclear as the COP28 climate summit nears its end. Wrangles about getting rid of fossil fuels have come to dominate the pivotal gathering in Dubai. Speaking at a news conference in Dubai during ...

China’s Contradictory Position At COP28

Keeping track of China’s role at the COP28 climate gathering has been an exercise in sitting with contradiction. On the one hand, China’s the worst! A study released this week showed that Chinese and Indian emissions pushed dangerous heat-trapping emissions 1.1% higher ...

Bahrain’s Top Climate Negotiator Jokes With Chinese Counterpart That He’s Been “Busy Finding Oil”

China's Special Envoy for Climate Change Xie Zhenhua was caught in an uncomfortable situation at the COP28 conference in Dubai when a reporter from Sky News recorded him in what appears to be an awkward conversation with his counterpart from Bahrain, Mohamed bin Mubarak bin Daina.
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