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China’s Overseas Fishing Fleet and the Global South

by Chris Alden and Sérgio Chichava While much of the Western attention is focused on the grey zone activities pursued by Chinese fishing fleets and their purported role in the strategic expansion of China’s interests in the South China Sea, less ...

B3W 2.0: The $600 Billion “Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment”

G7 leaders unveiled their latest effort to challenge China's Belt and Road Initiative with the announcement of the "Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII)." The new plan was revealed on Sunday at the leaders' summit in Germany and included pledges to raise $600 billion ...

U.S. Forms Coalition to Break China’s Hold on Critical Mineral Supply Chains

The United States, along with partner countries in North America, Europe, and Asia unveiled a new Mineral Security Partnership (MSP) pact earlier this month that aims to challenge China's control of supply chains for critical resources like cobalt and rare earths.

U.S. and Its Allies in Asia Form New Group to Counter China’s Rising Influence in the South Pacific

The United States formed yet another coalition with a catchy tagline intended to push back against China's growing clout, this time in the South Pacific.  The United States, Japan, Australia, Britain, and New Zealand announced ...

USAID Emails Reveal Anxiety Over China’s Solomon Islands Security Pact

Newly-released emails obtained by Al Jazeera through a Freedom of Information request highlight U.S. unease over China's recent security agreement with the Solomon Islands. "Yikes! This is very troubling," said Ryan Washburn, USAID mission director to the ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

China, Iran Aim to Boost Trade Through New Railway

A new railway cargo line connecting the southwestern Chinese province of Ningxia with the northern Iranian port city of Anzali is now operational.  The new 8,500-kilometer route is supposedly twice as fast as other overland transport routes and even speedier than an earlier rail link. ...