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Calling for Peace in Ukraine, China Courts Belarus, Russia

Days before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Xi Jinping declared a “no-limits” partnership with Vladimir Putin. At the one-year anniversary of the invasion, Xi’s diplomatic and military engagements display resolute...

Xi Visits Central Asia in First Trip Abroad Since 2020

This week, Xi Jinping traveled to Central Asia in his first trip abroad in over two and a half years. On Wednesday, he visited Kazakhstan, and on Thursday and Friday he visited Uzbekistan to attend the summit of the Shanghai...

China Embraces Russia, Remains Noncommittal Over Mediator Role

China’s friendship with Ukraine is “rock solid,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters during an annual Two Sessions press conference. “No matter how perilous the international landscape, we will maintain our strategic...

How Bush’s Africa Visit Trumps China’s Foray

In the International Herald Tribune, Howard French looks at how U.S. actions and words in Africa compare with those of China: Although Bush cannot fairly be said to have only now “discovered” Africa, this trip – from its...

Beijing’s Dictatorship Diplomacy – Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt and Andrew Small

An op-ed in the International Herald Tribune a couple of days ago argues that China is “overhauling” its attitudes toward the world’s despots, from North Korea to Burma to Sudan: The shift has been driven in part by China’s changing calculation of its economic and political interests. With its increased investments in pariah countries over […]

China’s ‘See-no-evil’ Brand of Diplomacy Has Got to Change – Andreas Ni

Lebanon’s Daily Star published an op-ed about China’s actions in Sudan, Burma and other regions: Overseas, China’s role in places like Sudan and Burma not only draws international opprobrium, but also taints its reputation. By maintaining cozy relations with repressive regimes and protecting them from international sanctions, China risks being seen as their accomplice. Even […]

Don’t Blame China for Myanmar – Kerry Howley

As world leaders call on China to act in the Burma (aka Myanmar) crisis, an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times argues that China does not have the answer: China is not Myanmar’s biggest trading partner; Thailand is. “You keep seeing these references to Chinese oil and gas assets in Burma,” Overholt said. “The reality […]

Waiting for China – Morton Abramowitz

From National Interest: China, China, China. It started with North Korea. It soon spread to Darfur. Now we need China for Burma. The Congo will probably be next. China has become the newest dues ex machina of international politics. In daytime it consorts with the forces of evil. At night, after pleadings from the world, […]

Why China Has It Wrong On Myanmar – Bernt Berger

From Asia Times: While Myanmar’s military government cracks down on peaceful protesters, China, as one of the regime’s main benefactors, is being held in some quarters as tangentially co-responsible for the violence. Although China’s ability directly to influence the regime is limited, Beijing does maintain considerable diplomatic sway in Yangon, and whether it supports new […]

China Rejects Attempt to Link Developments in Burma to Beijing Olympics – Glenn Kessler

From The Washington Post: A spokesman for the Chinese Embassy said yesterday that his government is working hard to stem the violence in Burma and argued against efforts by activists to link participation in the Beijing-based 2008 Summer Olympics to China’s handling of Burma. Linking the two is “totally irresponsible,” Wang Baodong, spokesman for the […]

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