diplomacy

China’s role in Zimbabwe’s regime change says more about China than Zimbabwe

3 months ago adcity Comments Off on China’s role in Zimbabwe’s regime change says more about China than Zimbabwe
The fall of Robert Mugabe has dominated global coverage of Africa over the past few weeks. In Western coverage of the first week after the coup in Zimbabwe there was speculation about what China knew beforehand and whether Beijing played an active role in pushing for it. China’s mention drowned out other notable external stakeholders Read More

Beijing is playing Trump “like a fiddle,” an ex-ambassador to China says

4 months ago adcity Comments Off on Beijing is playing Trump “like a fiddle,” an ex-ambassador to China says
Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s recent hosting of Donald Trump was a masterclass in how to make the US president comfortable—feed him familiar food, take him on his favorite outing, golf, and tell him how much you like him. But Chinese president Xi Jinping added a creamy layer of pomp and circumstance to the mix Read More

Abe’s hosting of Trump was a masterclass in “golf diplomacy”

4 months ago adcity Comments Off on Abe’s hosting of Trump was a masterclass in “golf diplomacy”
When Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe shook hands with brand-new US president Donald Trump in February, Abe’s frustration was palpable. After Trump released Abe from an uncomfortably long, awkward grasp, Abe even inadvertently rolled his eyes. His dealings with Trump over the past two days in Japan, though, were a masterclass in gracious hosting. “We Read More