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Chinese Peacekeepers Pulling out of DR Congo

Chinese peacekeepers with the UN stabilization mission in eastern DR Congo attended a departure ceremony on Tuesday as the force withdrew from the war-torn region. The 15,000 MONUSCO troops deployed in the vast central African country started to leave in February ...

Global Split At China’s Human Rights Review

The UN Human Rights Council’s current hearing on China’s human rights record is exposing a global split. The Universal Periodic Review process happens once every 4.5 years for all member states. However, China’s turn has drawn particular attention, with numerous countries lining ...

China Gathers Global South Support for UN Human Rights Review

The Chinese government is reportedly lobbying non-Western countries to support its human rights record as it faces a United Nations Human Rights Council review on Tuesday. Diplomats told Reuters that China’s mission to the UN in Geneva sent memos to counterparts ...

UN Security Council Vote on Gaza Postponed

The UN Security Council pushed back voting on a resolution calling for a pause in violence in Gaza. The delay comes amid fears of another U.S. veto, even though “cease-fire” doesn’t appear in the UAE-sponsored wording of the proposed resolution.

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 ...

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 ...

Wang Yi Presents New (Old) Proposal at the UN Security Council to Resolve Mideast War

China used the last remaining hours of its month-long presidency of the United Nations Security Council to convene a high-level dialogue on the Israel-Hamas war. Foreign Minister Wang Yi led the discussion on Wednesday in New York, where he presented the ...

How COP28 Could Benefit From an Indonesia-China Bloc

The world's foremost governmental climate summit kicks off next week, in what is wrapping up to be the hottest year on record. The 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference, or Conference of the Parties (COP28), opens on November 30 in Dubai. ...

China, UAE Calls Emergency UN Security Council Meeting On Gaza

China co-sponsored the call by the United Arab Emirates for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Monday to seek a binding resolution calling for a humanitarian pause in Gaza. During the meeting, China’s representative at the UN, Zhang Jun, criticized ...

How Are We to Understand China’s Ambitions to Reform Global Governance?

By Lukas Fiala 方朗克 After expanding the guest list of BRICS in August, Beijing has been busy articulating its vision for reforming global order. The publication of a position paper on global governance reform launched by the Ministry of Foreign ...

Unpacking Han Zheng’s Messaging to the Global South at the UN General Assembly

China’s Vice President Han Zheng addressed the UN General Assembly on Thursday. Along with retreads of established Chinese positions on Taiwan, Ukraine, and the Israel/Palestine conflict, his comments also provided interesting clues about China’s messaging to the Global South. First, he called on the ...
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