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Xi, Hichilema Speak Amid New Allegations China’s “Rookie Status” is Slowing Zambia’s Debt Restructuring Process

Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema raised the sensitive issue of his country's burgeoning debt crisis during a phone call on Tuesday with Chinese President Xi Jinping. President Hichilema, according to a statement on his official Facebook page, ...

Biden and Ardern Are Both Unhappy About the Solomon Islands’ Security Pact With China

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and U.S. President Joe Biden expressed their shared concern for China's ambitions to expand its influence in the South Pacific. Prime Minister Ardern met with the President at ...

Unsurprisingly, China Not Happy With Western Media Coverage of Wang Yi’s Pacific Tour

China's state-run media responded angrily to the characterization by international media that Foreign Minister Wang Yi's ongoing South Pacific tour encountered a snag after the coalition of 10-Pacific Islander Countries refused to endorse a Chinese development proposal that also included security provisions.

Another Prominent Chinese Scholar Explains Why Beijing Shouldn’t be That Concerned About IPEF

It's been one week since the United States unveiled its new Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) agenda that is ostensibly intended to build and foster deeper U.S. economic engagement in Asia but is widely seen as Washington's latest effort to confront China's dominance in the region. ...

Chinese EV Giant BYD Looks for Lithium in Africa and Expands Dealer Network in Brazil

Two big stories this week about the Chinese electric vehicle giant BYD: BATTERIES: Rather than buy lithium, a key ingredient in EV batteries, on the open market and face steadily rising prices, the company instead will buy six of its own mines ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Xi Jinping’s Summit Tour Continues to APEC in Thailand

This week’s carnival of summitry continues with the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ministerial meeting in Bangkok. While many leaders – including China’s President Xi Jinping – are continuing straight to Thailand from the G20 summit in Bali earlier this week, U.S. President Joe Biden won’t be there. Vice President Kamala Harris will stand in for him. 
The group’s first in-person meeting in four years is expected to focus on overcoming trade disruptions and supply ...

[NEW PODCAST] Wall Street Journal reporters Josh Chin & Liza Lin discuss whether China's surveillance can be exported abroad