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Xi Arrives in Saudi Arabia

Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Saudi Arabia. His time there will be taken up by bilateral meetings and regional summits with leaders from across the Middle East and North Africa. So far, the press coverage has mostly ...

Google to Partner with Transsion, China’s Phone Giant in Africa

Google announced that it struck a global strategic partnership with Transsion, a Chinese maker of mobile phones beloved across the Global South. Together, the two will target emerging markets like Africa via cooperation on the Android operating system, online advertising, and Google Cloud services. ...

Why U.S. Diplomacy is Struggling to Compete With China in the Global South

40 countries around the world currently do not have U.S. ambassadors. The corner offices have been empty for months, even years at U.S. embassies in major regional powers like India and Saudia Arabia. Even Italy, a G7 country, ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Xi Arrives in Saudi Arabia

Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Saudi Arabia. His time there will be taken up by bilateral meetings and regional summits with leaders from across the Middle East and North Africa.
So far, the press coverage has mostly focused on the pageantry of the arrival, which saw a twenty-one-gun salute and squadrons of fighter planes spraying smoke in the colors of the Saudi and Chinese flags. China’s press celebrated Xi ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: United States to Increase Its Military Force Presence in Northern Australia

The United States announced it will increase its military force presence in northern Australia in response to "China's dangerous and coercive actions" in the Asia-Pacific region. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Tuesday the Pentagon will step up troop rotations that will also include the deployment of added ...

For the Western Press, Xi’s Saudi Visit is All About the United States

The China-Middle East expert Jonathan Fulton complained on Twitter this week that many editors at major Western news outlets seem to have pre-decided their framing of Xi Jinping’s visit to Saudi Arabia. Rather than focusing on what the two countries want and where they’re coming ...

Washington and Beijing have Very Different Takes On Next Week’s U.S.-Africa Summit

Preparations are ramping up for next week’s U.S.-Africa leaders’ summit. 13-15 December will see leaders from 49 countries, as well as numerous businesspeople, civil society envoys, and journalists descending on Washington DC to attend the first such event since the Obama era.

Western Calls to De-Risk African Projects Echo China’s Approach

One of the underlying factors driving Chinese business in Africa is the role of state insurers like Sinosure in reducing the risk taken on by Chinese companies.  So it’s interesting to see that Western actors are slowly moving in ...

China-Saudi Trade is Booming… And Not Just Because of Oil

The obvious reason for Xi Jinping's trip to Saudi Arabia is to foster closer ties with one of China's largest oil suppliers (Russia and Saudi Arabia have been battling for the top spot for much of the past year), but that alone would overlook the increasingly dynamic ...

Beware of the Simple Media Narratives Warns China Scholar About Xi Visit to the Mideast

Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Jonathan Fulton has some advice for journalists covering Xi Jinping's visit to Saudi Arabia: don't fall for the simple narrative that this trip is about some kind of Great Power Competition with the United States. Instead, Fulton ...

What’s at Play in Xi Jinping’s Upcoming Visit to Saudi Arabia?

Chinese President Xi Jinping will reportedly travel to Saudi Arabia this week for a state meeting and to attend the inaugural China-Arab Summit. This is a particularly important visit as Xi returns to in-person diplomacy because Saudi-U.S. relations are quite frosty amid wrangles over oil prices in ...

How the Global South Can Leverage the BRI and PGII: Competing and Complementary Infrastructure Initiatives

By Oyintarelado Moses and Keren Zhu Last month, the United States and the European Union launched new agreements under the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII) on the sidelines of the G20 meeting and the European Commission announced the Global Gateway’s (GG) ...

U.S. Officials Are Working Hard to Keep China Off the Agenda of Next Week’s Africa Leaders Summit

The White House is working hard to make sure that China does not become a topic of conversation at next week's U.S.-Africa leaders summit that will take place in Washington, D.C. “Our goal is not to center our conversation on competition ...

China Playing “Aggressive Game” in Africa and the World, Says U.S. Trade Rep Katherine Tai

The top U.S. trade official, Katherine Tai, acknowledged that Washington is increasingly facing difficulties in Africa and other regions because China, not the U.S., is most countries' largest trading partner. During a conversation with The Atlantic Council's ...
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