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Huawei’s Mideast-Africa Cloud Summit Wraps Up in UAE With a Warning From South Africa: Fix Your Employment Issues or Else…

The head of South Africa's State Information Technology Agency, Luvuyo Keyise, made it clear on Tuesday that Huawei had better start hiring more local employees if it wants to continue doing business with the SA government. Earlier this year, 

Leading Scholar Argues the Middle East is Pivoting to Regional Cooperation and China

The retreat of the United States is causing a ‘wave of reconciliation' in the Middle East and reorienting these countries towards China. So says Ding Long, a prominent professor at the Middle East Institute at Shanghai University of International Studies.

As Russia Distracts the U.S., China’s Middle East Ties are Booming

As U.S. and EU foreign policy increasingly disengages from the Middle East to focus on the crisis in Eastern Europe, China is building stronger relations with the powerful Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC.) In 2020, China replaced the EU as the biggest trading partner of the GCC (made ...

After Two Years of Laying Low, Xi Emerges With a Flurry of Presidential Diplomacy on the Olympic Sidelines

Chinese President Xi Jinping emerged from nearly two years of relative diplomatic isolation on Friday for a flurry of one-on-one meetings with some of the 30 heads of state in town for the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Beijing. ...

Chinese Media Claims More Than a Million Passengers Have Used the New Chinese-Built Railway in Laos

According to Chinese state media, the new Chinese-built and funded railway between China and Laos, which was launched two months ago, is a huge success already. Rail authorities in China's southwestern Yunnan province report that in the short time that it's been in operation, the railway's transported ...

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 ...

An Update on Chinese Diplomacy in the Middle East With Jonathan Fulton

It's been a frenetic start of the year in Chinese diplomacy in the Middle East. Right after he returned from a five-nation tour of Indian Ocean states, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi hosted half a dozen foreign ministers from Persian Gulf ...

When You See This Chart You’ll Understand Why This Week’s Gulf Diplomacy in Beijing is So Important

Charts listing China's top sources of imported oil used to look very different. In 2008, according to David Shinn from George Washington University, three suppliers from African dominated the top ten. At that stage Angola, the Republic of Congo, and Sudan ...

Al Jazeera: UAE Providing Ethiopia Use of Chinese Made Wing-Loong II Drones

Recent gains by Ethiopian government troops in pushing back Tigrayan opposition forces may have been helped by the use of sophisticated unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Turkey, Iran, and China, according to satellite photos seen by Al Jazeera. The role of the ...

Reports of a Chinese “Black Site” in the UAE Used to Target Uyghurs Gaining Momentum in U.S. Media

The Washington Post picked up on a story today about an alleged Chinese "black site" in Dubai that was reportedly used to detain a young Chinese woman and at least two Uyghurs. The Post based its Editorial on a story published last ...

New Data Reveals China’s Growing Dependence on Middle Eastern Oil

Middle Eastern oil producers now account for 48.3% of China's oil buys in the first half of the year, according to the latest Chinese customs data. Saudi Arabia is the top provider, with 16.8% of the market in H1 2021, followed by Russia with 15.3%.
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