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China’s Evolving Economic Statecraft

Chinese enterprises are going global, venturing overseas to acquire foreign companies, know-how, and technologies. While most of these activities reflect simple business decisions, others carefully and deliberately advance China’s strategic interests, perhaps against the interests of its trading partners.

Read Here – The Diplomat

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Morocco: China’s Gateway To Africa?

Other countries such as Mauritius and South Africa have been hailed as China’s gateway to Africa, but few countries have positioned themselves aggressively for the position in the way that Morocco has. Last year, the government of Morocco hosted the first Sino-African Entrepreneurs Summit in Marrakech, where Morocco later hosted the COP22 summit. Similar forums are planned in the future.

Read Here – The Diplomat

How Obama’s Foreign Policy ‘Long Game’ Works

The core elements of Obama’s Long Game are not the doctrine pundits clamour for, but they do comprise a kind of checklist, a practical framework to managing American power and making strategic choices, ensuring the United States remains in the best possible position to solve problems and pursue its interests. When thinking about Obama’s legacy and the lessons for his successors, the Long Game checklist is a good place to start.

Read Here – The National Interest

Here’s How Far The Indian Prime Minister Has Travelled Since 2014

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Maputo, Mozambique on July 07, 2016.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Maputo, Mozambique on July 07, 2016.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a four-nation tour of the African continent on July 7. His first stop was Mozambique capital Maputo. Today, he is in South Africa where he held talks with South African President Jacob Zuma on a wide range of issues aimed at boosting ties in the African continent, particularly in the economic sphere.

Read Here – The Indian Express

China’s High-Speed Rail Diplomacy

Today, China dominates the railway market, particularly for high-speed rail systems, which the Chinese are busily exporting to East Asia, Europe, and even the United States. China began to invest heavily in high-speed rail in 2007, seeking to create jobs and to improve the mobility of people and goods in its rapidly growing economy.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

The World’s Most Prolific Terrorists: The Taliban

Unsurprisingly, terrorism remains the preferred tactic of relatively weaker non-state actors who believe they can achieve their political objectives through violence. There has been a slight change in the perpetrators responsible for the most attacks. The Taliban replaced the self-proclaimed Islamic State as the number-one global perpetrator for terrorism attacks, with 1,093, which represents an alarming increase of 69 percent since 2013.

Read Here – The Atlantic

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How Should War-Torn Countries Go About the Reconciliation Process?

Following a war—especially the kind of war that pits neighbor against neighbor—it would seem like the best thing for members of both sides to do is to sit down and hash their problems out—say “sorry,” offer forgiveness, maybe have a big bonfire.

Read Here – Pacific Standard

The Myths Of Chinese Investments In Africa

As vast as China’s investment in Africa certainly is, speculation has steered the conversation onto a misleading, and perhaps antagonistic tangent. Recent findings suggest that Chinese investment in Africa is more nuanced than commonly believed.

Read Here – The Diplomat

China Is Moving Into The Middle East – Why is No One Worried?

The delicate balance of power in the Middle East has already suffered one dramatic upheaval this year, after Moscow’s decision to launch its military intervention in support of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Now there are mounting concerns that the region could suffer further instability following China’s decision to establish its first overseas military outpost in one of the world’s most troubled hotshots.

Read Here – The Telegraph

China Rains Money Over Africa

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech in the high-level dialogue with Chinese and African business dignitaries, also closing ceremony of the fifth China-Africa enterprises conference, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dec. 4, 2015. (Xinhua)

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech in the high-level dialogue with Chinese and African business dignitaries, also closing ceremony of the fifth China-Africa enterprises conference, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dec. 4, 2015. (Xinhua)

President Xi Jinping has announced assistance and loans totalling $60 billion for Africa to help the continent address its top three difficulties: infrastructure, talent and funding. At the opening ceremony of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Summit, Xi said the funding plan was announced to ensure that China rolls out 10 concrete plans for cooperation in the next three years to help boost African development.

Read Here – China Daily

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