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Bulgaria’s President Rumen Radev on a visit to Beijing in 2019. Now China and eastern Europe are going separate ways. How Hwee Young/EPA

How China lost central and eastern Europe

After a decade of cooperation, central and eastern Europe increasingly sees China as a threat.
Venezuela Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, center, greets the arrival of medical specialists and supplies from China in March. AP Photo/Matias Delacroix

China’s efforts to win hearts and minds with aid and investment may make all the difference if there’s a cold war with the US

The US may want to rethink its anti-China policy as Beijing's focus on providing international coronavirus aid and digital and health care investments seems to be working.
Two autocrats: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, left, and Hungarian leader Viktor Orban, right, in Budapest, Hungary, Nov. 7, 2019. AP/Presidential Press Service

So you want to be an autocrat? Here’s the 10-point checklist

Today’s autocrats rarely use brute force to wrest control. A human rights and international law scholar details the modern authoritarian's latest methods to grab and hold power.
The Padma Bridge Project in Bangladesh is seen in this February 2018 photograph. SNC-Lavalin was accused of bribing officials in the construction of the bridge, though charges were later dropped. Md Shaifuzzaman Ayon

Canada’s SNC-Lavalin decisions affect people in the world’s poorest countries

Promoting Canadian jobs is part of any government’s political mandate, but so too is the responsibility of ensuring that Canadian businesses are not supporting or condoning corruption abroad.
The Chinese-funded Madura Toll Bridge was built to connect industrial zones between Surabaya and Madura. But the planned development of industrial zones at both ends of the bridge has never been realised. www.shutterstock.com

How Indonesia can avoid pitfalls of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

China is keen to invest in Indonesia's infrastructure. But before signing any new, Indonesia must be certain that new physical infrastructures financed with debt will not be in vain
Angolan President Joao Lourenco and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Johannesburg in 2018. EPA-EFE/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin Pool

How Russia is growing its strategic influence in Africa

Russia's President Vladimir Putin has new aspirations in Africa in pursuit of his country's assertiveness in the global arena.

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