Venezuelan Expat Talks About the COVID-19 Pandemic in China

If you have recently heard of Venezuela, independently of your personal opinions, you know it’s a country that had it (almost) all, and now things are very difficult. Around 5 million people have left Venezuela and now live in other countries trying to have a better live quality, whatever that means for each individual.

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African Neocolonialism: Is China Exploiting Africa?

Colonialism has shaped Africa in a multitude of ways. The scramble for Africa in the late 19th century caused traditional values and culture to give way to European influence and ideals, deforming the African identity through exploitation. This impact is felt until today, as the continent struggles to bounce back and embrace its wealth of natural resources to advance independently without relying on foreign aid. China has been the most active player in providing services, import and export goods, and investments on the African continent, in a move that many describe as neocolonialism, implying exploitation and an increase of power at the expense of the African people.
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Foundation of a Superpower: How Geography Shaped China

There are 195 countries in this world, and most of them are unique in several ways. They possess their own history, culture, and citizens that separate them from the rest of the world in one way or another. An important factor as to how and why nations have developed the way they have is their geography. Geography is the very foundation of any nation, influencing their growth, security and wealth in a significant way. Geographical features dictate the national and international policy of every country, which is why we want to take a look at several nations, this time China, to analyze how geography shapes and influences their every decision. Read more

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Irreligion: China Bans Religion to Become Atheist State

It has recently come to light that the Chinese government has banned children belonging to the Muslim community to attend any and all religious events during the winter break. The ban has been heavily enforced in a county in western China that is predominantly populated by Muslims. Laid out by the education bureau of China, this ban on religion is being enforced by the authorities so that Islam and other religions may be suppressed in the region.
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Russia and China May Decide the Fate of Venezuela

While enabling the perpetuation of the tyranny of Nicolas Maduro’s Venezuelan United Socialist Party (PSUV) over the country, Russia and China seem to have become the last lifeline remaining for this red-wing authoritarian regime within a national context of humanitarian devastation and economic downturn. But just how much will Russia and China influence the fate of Venezuela?
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Colder War: China and Russia Penetrate US Influence in Latin America

As Trump’s international policies have fenced the US apart from their American neighbors in the South, the Eastern giants of Russia and People’s Republics of China have made their own path to strengthen relations with fast-growing Latin America, performing delicate movements that have been seen as unthreatening by Washington.
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Is China Secretly Poaching Elephants in Africa?

Let’s talk about elephant poaching in Africa. First of all, there is not a single African country where you won’t find a footprint of China. Over the last two decades, China has been expanding its territory to Africa in small but sure steps. In the past, Africa would have easily pass as a United States or European Union playground. For instance, the USA has had several army bases in Africa which ‘collaborate’ with local armies to fight terrorists or restore order in times of war. One of the largest is Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti which oversees the Horn of Africa. Likewise, the EU has been a major trade partner.
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The Forced Adoption and Rise of a Rebel Child: Differences between Hong Kong and China

“Hong Kong and China have separate passports, you see”, my tour guide stated in her broken English when I visited Hong Kong a couple of years back, her words making me question my hearing. She continued talking about how there is no restriction on the number of children you could have in Hong Kong, unlike only one in China, while I racked my brains to recall the faded memories of my Geography class. She continued pointing out the differences between the two regions while I decided not to dwell on her barely suppressed hostility towards China and simply enjoy my trip.
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