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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.

Nosmot Gbadamosi on US-China Competition in Africa, Debt and “Preventative Infrastructure”

Ghanaian Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia commissioned a new road this week built by the Chinese conglomerate Sinohydro and paid for as part of a $2 billion bauxite barter deal with the company. The timing of this new road opening, though, is ...

U.S. Effort to Catch Up With China in the South Pacific Gets Off to Bumpy Start

U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday welcomed leaders from 11 South Pacific island nations to the White House for a two-day summit that is widely seen as a critical part of Washington's effort to match China's growing influence in the region. ...

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 ...

China-Pakistan Talks on Post-Flood Recovery Start Amid U.S.-China Sniping

China’s Foreign Ministry clapped back at U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s call to Pakistan “to engage China on some of the important issues of debt relief and restructuring so that Pakistan can more quickly recover from the floods.” ...

Apple’s Use of India to Limit its Exposure to China Is Part of a Broader Trend 

The relocation of a portion of Apple’s iPhone 14 manufacturing from China to India is reportedly going surprisingly smoothly, getting underway weeks ahead of schedule. The move is an example of a wider manufacturing strategy by global brands. Apple ...

U.S. Builds Mineral Coalition to Displace China

The United States hopes to use its rich allies to channel investment to resource-rich countries in order to cut China out of mineral supply chains. The U.S.-led Minerals Security Partnership, which also includes Japan, the EU and others, held a ministerial meeting ...

Getting China Out of the U.S. Battery Metal Supply Chain Easier Said Than Done

The United States's plan to displace China from global mineral supply chains while simultaneously making them more environmentally, socially and governmentally (ESG) sustainable could be a bigger task than U.S government officials would like to admit.  The UK ...

Why the U.S. And Israel Are Not Aligned on China

Israel and China are reportedly in the final stages of negotiating a free trade agreement that both sides say will be done before the end of the year. This may come as a surprise to some given how relations between the ...

Indian Rumor Sparks Weekend of Baseless Speculation About Coup in China

All weekend there was wild speculation on both Indian and U.S. Twitter that Chinese President Xi Jinping had been placed under house arrest and that a military coup had taken place in Beijing. There was no coup, of course, ...

Why China Should Not Confront the U.S. in the Middle East

The Middle East is often seen as a primary theater of competition between the U.S. and China, given the region's geostrategic importance for both superpowers. While the United States has grown weary of its entanglement in Mideast wars and undemocratic governments, that doesn't mean it is well-positioned ...

China Hits Back at Debt Criticism

China rejected this week's criticism by Brent Neiman, a top advisor to U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, about its "unconventional" approach to debt restructuring.  Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin cited the relative size of Chinese debt ...

Navigating the Belt & Road in SE Asia With a New Digital Toolkit

October marks the 9th anniversary of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and after all these years, nearly a decade later, many people around the world are still trying to figure out what exactly the BRI is. What is certain, though, ...

Introducing the New China-Global South Podcast

Every week, The China-Global South Podcast will explore timely issues surrounding China's engagement in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and other developing regions. Hosted by China-Global South Editor in Chief Eric Olander in Vietnam and Managing Editor Cobus van ...
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