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Sudan’s First Confucius Institute Strengthens Military Ties

The Sudanese army is going to learn to speak Chinese! Well, at least a small contingent will. This follows the opening of the country’s first Confucius Institute at the University of Khartoum this week. The CI’s inaugural class will be made ...

The Ukraine War and Great Power Politics in the Global South

While the war in Ukraine has done a lot to repair the West's once frayed alliance, it's also brought together a disparate group of countries throughout the Global South who have resisted condemning Russia for the invasion and Moscow's brutal assault ...

China’s Special Mideast Envoy Meets With Sudan Leader

Zhai Jun, China’s Special Envoy to the Middle East, met on Tuesday with the head of Sudan’s army and the leader of the October 25 military coup that plunged the country into crisis, Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan. Zhai’s trip is part ...

Right Now There Are Two Chinese Special Envoys on the Move in Africa

Two Chinese Special Envoys are currently touring Africa. Zhai Jun, China's Special Envoy to the Middle East arrived in Sudan late Monday night, his second visit there in a month. Zhai is currently on a week-long tour of Middle East and North African countries ...

China Names Veteran Diplomat Xue Bing to Newly Created Role of Special Envoy For the Horn of Africa

The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced that senior diplomat Xue Bing, most recently the ambassador to the South Pacific island state of Papua New Guinea (PNG), will be China's first Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa. Xue's appointment ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Q&A: Africa’s Role in China’s Global Military Expansion – Defense Expert Unpacks a Thorny Issue

The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral John Aquilino, on Tuesday added to the growing alarm in Washington DC defense circles about the global reach of China’s military. 

Speaking in front of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, Aquilino said China is building capacity to seize Taiwan, and: “The PRC also seeks to establish a network of overseas military installations that would extend its reach, allowing support for an increasingly ...

Seeking ‘Olympic Spirit’ in the Global South

By Lukas Fiala and Hugo Jones, China Foresight LSE IDEAS Over the past month, political leaders and Olympic committee officials from a dozen African countries have publicly expressed their support for China’s hosting of the Winter Olympics this February. On Tuesday, Nigeria’s ...

Sudan and China’s Evolving Non-Interference Policy in the Global South

By Lukas Fiala and Hugo Jones, China Foresight LSE IDEAS Scenes of chaos reached us from Sudan this week, as a fragile power-sharing agreement collapsed. On 25th October, merely weeks after a failed coup attempt, Sudanese generals toppled the civilian-led government that had ...

Week in Review: Sudan Coup, Glasgow Climate Summit & G20 Debt Relief

This week Eric & Cobus discuss the Chinese response to the military coup in Sudan and how it differs from Beijing's reaction to September's coup in Guinea. Plus, Cobus explains why he's not optimistic about the outcomes for developing countries from ...

Chinese State Media: Blame the U.S. For the Coup in Sudan

Although the Chinese Foreign Ministry has been largely silent this week about the military coup in Sudan, the country's largest television broadcaster, CCTV (央视新闻), appears to be framing the story in a way that lays the blame for the collapse of the civilian government squarely at the ...

Q&A: What’s At Stake For China in Sudan?

China's reaction, so far, to Monday's military coup in Sudan has been reserved, especially compared to the forceful response Beijing issued within 24 hours of last month's overthrow of President Alpha Condé's government in Guinea. But China's interests in Guinea and Sudan are very different and ...
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