Rob O’Brien reviews Sino-Russian energy dealmaking in 2022, with an emphasis on developments after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February.
A new report by the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Transformation Index (BTI) has identified considerable declines in the quality of democracy worldwide. Hauke Hartmann comments on the role of Russia and China.
Wasana Wongsurawat comments on China-Thailand relations and the ‘Milk Tea Alliance’, an ethereal alliance in cyber space of the pro-democracy movements in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Thailand.
Common perceptions about Chinese engagement in Africa are that it is one-dimensional and sometimes biased. But Chinese private investments in Ethiopia are highly diverse, fluid and complex, writes Weiwei Chen.
At the annual political meeting of China’s leaders, known as the Two Sessions, raising defence spending and standing with Putin has shown how deeply out of touch it is with the international mood, writes Duncan Bartlett.
John Gittings argues that as the Ukraine situation worsens, the only way to stop Putin may be if China shifts ground and indicates its opposition to his aggression. Russia would then be deprived of the one ally which counts.
A recent study by SOAS alumna Alicja Bachulska has examined two major online media outlets responsible for promoting Chinese and Russian state-backed narratives in Poland, namely China Radio International (CRI) and Sputnik.
Dominik Mierzejewski argues that although China feels duty-bound to support Russia in its war with Ukraine, Beijing runs the risk of being labelled an imperial power, especially in the developing world.
Ran Yan writes that in the ‘Three-child era’, China needs to pay more attention to the protection of rural mothers’ rights and interests.