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Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Nauru, Lionel Aingimea, toast after reestablishing diplomatic relations between the two countries. Andrea Verdelli/EPA

China’s increasing political influence in the south Pacific has sparked an international response

China is asserting itself in the South Pacific, prompting efforts from the US and its allies to contain its influence.
A group of soldiers from the Niger gendarmerie at the gendarmerie school on 11 January 2023 in Niamey, Niger. David Zorrakino/Europa Press via Getty Images

Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger have a new defence alliance: an expert view of its chances of success

Ecowas’ threats to intervene militarily in Niger played a role in the creation of the Alliance of Sahel States, whose members have pledged to assist each other in the event of aggression.
Supporters of Niger’s coup leaders wave Niger’s flag (R) and a flag bearing Wagner’s logo during a protest on 16 September 2023. AFP via Getty Images

France’s decision to leave Niger was a bad move: three reasons why

France’s withdrawal from Niger could hurt the regional fight against terrorism, create an opportunity for Wagner’s influence and increase Europe’s migrant crisis.
China provides billions of dollars in loans and direct investments to African nations each year. Oleksii Liskonih/iStock/Getty Images Plus

We asked 1,000 Zimbabweans what they think of China’s influence on their country − only 37% viewed it favorably

Politicians and scholars debate whether China’s economic investments in Africa benefit or exploit local populations. But what does the public think?
Indonesian President Joko Widodo, left, presents Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi a tree sapling during the G20 summit in New Delhi. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

G20 summit proved naysayers wrong – and showed Global South’s potential to address world’s biggest problems

The G20 has its critics, but an expert on international politics explains why it still performs a useful function – particularly in this period of great geopolitical divisions.

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