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China’s Vaccine Diplomacy: Soft Power Lessons from Latin America

By Dr. Álvaro Mendez, Co-Director & Senior Associate Fellow, Global South Unit at LSE IDEAS In early 2021, Beijing launched a diplomatic campaign to promote China’s COVID-19 vaccines with the aim of winning friends and cutting deals in ...

China’s Improbable Resource Bonanza in Afghanistan

By Lukas Fiala and Hugo Jones, China Foresight LSE IDEAS Over the past week, the crisis in Afghanistan continued to push all else to the periphery. China and Russia abstained from a United Nations Security Council resolution requiring the Taliban ...

Why Afghanistan Isn’t Taiwan

By Hugo Jones and Lukas Fiala This week the world watched in real-time the Afghan government collapse, the Taliban’s rapid capture of Kabul, and scenes of abandonment at the capital’s airport. Afghans clinging on to a U.S. Air Force plane in ...

China’s Evolving Military Diplomacy in the Global South

By Lukas Fiala, LSE IDEAS China Foresight August 1st marked the 94th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). While CGTN celebrated the occasion with a blockbuster-esque video, showcasing the PLA’s growing military strength and operational know-how, China’s ambassador to ...

Stop the Blame Game: The Complex Picture of China and Coal Finance

By Hugo Jones and Lukas Fiala Apocalyptic images reach us from China this week. The immense flooding in Henan province has come with tragic human cost, a typhoon has edged onto China’s eastern coast, and Shanghai is facing torrential rains and winds. These events have already stirred discussions ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Ethiopia, China and the Future of African Conflict

Ethiopia is giving us a glimpse of a set of dynamics that could come to shape African life in complicated ways. Last week, the Biden administration announced new sanctions aimed at reducing violence in the Tigray region, where conflict between the forces of President Abiy Ahmed and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) have caused massive human rights abuses affecting millions. The sanctions will target all sides of the conflict, including Ethiopia’s ...