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Vaccines and the Changing International Order

The Chief Reporter for Germany's state broadcaster Deutsche Welle, Miodrag Soric, can't believe what he's seeing. China is turning the battle for access to COVID-19 vaccines into a tremendous soft power win in the Global South -- and they're doing it at the expense of the West!

European Analysts Become Increasingly Worried About Geopolitical Consequences of China’s Global Vaccine Pu

European international relations scholars are expressing mounting concern over the long-term geopolitical consequences of China's assertive campaign to provide developing countries with COVID-19 vaccines. It's clear the European foreign policy establishment, both analysts and in the media, seem to regard Chinese ...

Webinar: China’s Becoming Increasingly Sophisticated In Its Use of Media to Drive Its Narrative

The Berlin-based think tank Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) recently hosted a webinar that focused on how Chinese government actors are becoming increasingly effective in their use of media to drive their agendas in both Europe and Africa. The ...

Score Keeping: Which African Countries Aligned With China at the United Nations on Xinjiang and Hong Kong

African countries were once again pulled into a bitter dispute last week at the United Nations between China and a coalition largely made up by the U.S. Germany and other European countries over human rights conditions in Xinjiang. For the second ...

At the UN, African Countries Steer Clear of Bitter Human Rights Feud Between China and U.S., European Countries

No African states joined the 39 countries that signed a German-sponsored joint statement at the United Nations on Tuesday that condemned China's human rights record in Xinjiang and expressed "grave concern" about "recent developments in Hong Kong." The bulk ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Vaccine Crossroads

At present we’re in a moment of both hope and fear. The vaccines are finally rolling out, and with them, we’re seeing a glimmer of a post-COVID world. But is that only a mirage? The decisions that will decide that answer are being made now. A key one will be how to get a global rollout to happen faster. The longer it takes, and the more piecemeal it is, the more ...

China Fires Back at U.S.-German Joint Statement

China's ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, led the counter-attack against the United States/German-sponsored joint statement on Tuesday condemning China's human rights practices in Xinjiang and Hong Kong. "The U.S. and a few other countries’ attempt to smear ...

World Bank Chief Renews Criticism of China and Private Creditors For Not Doing Enough on Debt Relief

In a candid interview on Monday with the German state-owned television network Deutsche Welle, World Bank President David Malpass renewed his criticism of China and private creditors for not doing enough to help ease the debt burdens of the world's poorest countries and also for not being ...

Marina Rudyak on Chinese aid and South-South Cooperation

Marina Rudyak, a lecturer at the Institute of Chinese Studies at Heidelberg University in Germany and a well-regarded expert on China's foreign aid programs in Africa, was a recent guest on the "In Pursuit of Development Podcast" hosted by Dani Banik. ...