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China Shuns Swiss Peace Summit to Support Russia

Xi Jinping’s hosting of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Beijing two weeks ago has sharpened attention to the trajectory of China and Russia’s relationship. Xi’s diplomatic meetings with European leaders have...

New Report Shows Shifting Chinese Investment in Latin America

In a small twist to the Chinese foreign minister’s tradition of making their first diplomatic visit of the new year to Africa, two countries from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) were added to Wang Yi’s tour: Brazil and...

A Meme Too Far? Weibo Bans Content about Imaginary University

Less than a month after the conclusion of China’s hypercompetitive annual university entrance examination (“gaokao”), a satirical meme about an imaginary university has been banned on Weibo. The meme and its censorship reveal...

China Facilitates Iran-Saudi Arabia Détente 

In a surprise deal facilitated by China on Friday, Iran and Saudi Arabia announced that they would resume their diplomatic relations. The deal is a breakthrough for the two Middle Eastern rivals, who will reopen their embassies...

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 and Biden Show Resolve, Cool Tensions in Bali Meeting

U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese General Secretary Xi Jinping met on Monday in Bali for their first in-person meeting since Biden took office. Buoyed by their recent political victories at home, the two leaders sought to...

Taiwanese Perspectives Overlooked on Pelosi Visit

In the lead-up to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan this week, much of the Western media coverage was saturated with dramatic speculation about the prospect of war and other Chinese government retaliation....

COVID Concerns Prompt China to Abandon Role as AFC Cup Host

On Saturday, China officially withdrew from its role as the host of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup. The quadrennial event, which brings together 24 national soccer teams from across Asia, was originally...

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