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Kim Jong Un visits China for the third time, showing ties with Beijing are stronger than ever

Kim Jong Un visits China for the third time, showing ties with Beijing are stronger than ever

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is making a two-day visit to Beijing, Chinese state media reported Tuesday, a week after his unprecedented summit with US President Donald Trump. The outing comes as China has sought to strengthen its role as a mediator between the US and North Korea, where Beijing claims compelling security and […]

China’s Foreign Policy Experiment in South Sudan

China’s Foreign Policy Experiment in South Sudan

China’s longstanding principle of non-interference in other states’ internal affairs is evolving with its growing global footprint. As Chinese overseas investment and business links grow in scope and depth, Beijing faces increasing threats to its citizens, economic interests and international reputation. That, in turn, has confronted China with the inherent limitations of its traditional hands-off […]

Beijing, Saudi Arabia agreed to more oil exports to China

Beijing, Saudi Arabia agreed to more oil exports to China

China and Saudi Arabia will increase their cooperation in the oil sector, including in Saudi oil exports to China, the two countries said in a joint communique issued today at the end of Saudi Arabian King Salman’s visit to Beijing. The world’s largest oil exporter has been looking to cement ties with the world’s second-largest […]

China Will Replace All 67,000 Fossil-Fueled Taxis In Beijing With Electric Cars

China Will Replace All 67,000 Fossil-Fueled Taxis In Beijing With Electric Cars

Taxis are the bane of all urban areas. Typically, they are poorly made, poorly maintained, and spew tons of carbon dioxide into the air every day as they shuttle people from place to place. Beijing has nearly 70,000 taxis. It also has an intractable problem with smog. While it has embarked on an aggressive program […]

Trump calls China’s bluff on a naval arms race in the South China Sea

Trump calls China’s bluff on a naval arms race in the South China Sea

As China’s parliament, the National People’s Congress, meets this week in Beijing, one problem is on everyone’s mind: China’s surging levels of government and private sector debt. For the past two years, China has been floating its economy on a massive wave of deficit spending. State-owned firms, state-owned banks, local governments, and the central government itself […]

Nonagenarian Mugabe’s darkest secret: An U.S.$990bn blood diamond mine he’s running with China’s Red Army

Nonagenarian Mugabe’s darkest secret: An U.S.$990bn blood diamond mine he’s running with China’s Red Army

Across a remote tract of southern Africa, naturally fortified by mountains and patrolled by hundreds of soldiers with dogs trained to tear intruders apart, teams of mining experts are hard at work. Yet they are not speakers of Shona, the native language of this land on the border between Zimbabwe and Mozambique. No, thousands of […]

North Korea tells lone ally: ‘Back off, shut up, leave us alone’

North Korea tells lone ally: ‘Back off, shut up, leave us alone’

So when its state-run news agency appeared to lash out at key supporter China — alleging it was “dancing to the tune of the U.S.” — it raised eyebrows. The ties between Pyongyang and Beijing run deep, with the relationship characterized by some former Chinese leaders as “close as lips and teeth.” “China is North […]

United States deploys carrier USS Carl Vinson to contentious South China Sea

United States deploys carrier USS Carl Vinson to contentious South China Sea

The United States deployed aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to patrol the increasingly contentious South China Sea, despite Beijing’s warnings not to challenge its sovereignty in the resource-rich sea. The Navy described Saturday’s launch as the beginning of “routine operations” in the South China Sea. China claims most of the sea as its own, despite overlapping […]

Cost of Living Survey: Luanda 2nd, Johannesburg 205th, Shanghai (7)

Cost of Living Survey: Luanda 2nd, Johannesburg 205th, Shanghai (7)

Despite volatile global markets and growing security issues, organizations continue to leverage global expansion strategies to remain competitive and to grow. Yet, few organizations are prepared for the challenges world events have on their business, including the impact on cost of expatriate packages. Mercer’s 22nd annual Cost of Living Survey finds that factors including currency […]

Nigeria’s Beijing 2015 Outing A Big Disappointment

Nigeria’s Beijing 2015 Outing A Big Disappointment

For lack of a sterner description, that best describes Nigeria’s outing at the just-ended International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) Championships in Beijing China. The continent’s most populous nation reminded us once again that being the richest (Nigeria’s economy is the biggest in Africa) does not translate to being the most successful with a showing that […]

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