Photos: (Top) Thaiana Rodrigues graduated from the State University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. She went there as part of a quota system based on race and economic status. Photo by: Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor
(Left) Barbers shave villagers ahead of the Lunar New Year at a market in Juancheng, in China’s Shandong province, last week. Reuters Photo
Cocoa farmers work in western Ghana. In parts of the West African country the average age of farmers now exceeds 50 years. Photo by: Yaw Bibini/Reuters/File
PHOTO: New recruits in the Afghan National Army learn how to shoot M-16 rifles. (Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff)
After years of standing in the background,Beijingis starting to show signs of closer engagement with its strife-torn neighbor in a bid to ward off disaster, say Chinese and foreign analysts.
When Afghan President Hamid Karzai meets his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao here on Friday, they will raise their countries’ bilateral relations to a “new strategic level,” an Afghan official told reporters in Kabul this week.
Those analyzing the cyberspies who are trying to infiltrate natural-gas pipeline companies have found similarities with an attack on a cybersecurity firm a year ago. At least one US government official has blamed China for that earlier attack.
Chinese companies go to these dangerous countries without evaluating regional instability and volatile situations. Now we are meeting trouble: This is a big lesson.
Shen Dingli, a professor of international relations at Fudan University in Shanghai, commenting on the risks of shipping workers abroad. More than 50 Chinese workers were seized in two separate incidents in Sudan and Egypt in the past three days.