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China and Venezuela Boost Ties

The relationship between China and Venezuela has been upgraded to an “all-weather strategic partnership,” reportedly China’s first such relationship in South America. The two governments signed several cooperation agreements ranging from mining and oil production to agriculture and space exploration. There is also a ...

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Arrived in Beijing on a High-Speed Train

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro arrived in Beijing on Tuesday in a rather unusual manner for a visiting head of state. Rather than fly into Beijing's sprawling Capital Airport on the outskirts of the city, Maduro traveled aboard one of China's newest and ...

Venezuela Wants to Join BRICS

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s six-day visit to China has included stops in the economic and tech hubs of Guangdong, Shanghai and Shenzhen. He is also likely to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Venezuelan Executive Vice President Delcy Rodriguez met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi earlier this week ...

China Confirms It Has a Balloon Floating Somewhere Over Latin America

China’s Foreign Ministry has confirmed Pentagon allegations that a second Chinese surveillance balloon is floating over Central and South America. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning said the balloon is non-military and used for flight tests. She said it has limited ...

China’s Special Representative for Latin America Wraps Up Five-Nation Tour

High-level Chinese visits to Central and South America have become rare in recent years, so it was notable when Beijing's special representative for the region embarked on a five-nation tour to Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...

Day Two of Wang Yi’s Speed-Dating Diplomacy in New York

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is taking full advantage of his time in New York to cram in as many meetings with his counterparts, mostly from developing countries, as possible. Wang, who is known for this kind of fast-paced diplomacy, met ...