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China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi Wraps Up Southeast Asian Tour with Promise for South China Sea Code of Conduct

Wang Yi, China's Minister of Foreign Affairs, pledged progress on a long-awaited code of conduct for the South China Sea region. His comments came as he wrapped up a five-nation tour of the region in Malaysia.  China's claim on ...

Backgrounder: How Chinese Infrastructure is Reshaping ASEAN Trade

Even as China's territorial wrangles with some of its South China Sea neighbors show no sign of letting up, Chinese infrastructure is taking its trade relations with Southeast Asia to new levels.  In particular, ambitious new land-sea corridors are credited for ...

How India Juggles the Superpowers

As geopolitical groups and counter-groups crowd the landscape, India is seemingly everywhere at once. It is a prominent member of China-aligned groups like the BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). It is also central to China-containing groups like the Quad. ...

Solomon Islands PM Assures Australia It Remains “Security Partner of Choice”

Manasseh Sogavare, the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, moved to calm Australian fears about his country's new security pact with China.  In an interview with The Guardian, Sogavare said there will never be a ...

China Piled On Debt As Sri Lanka Sank: WSJ

The Wall Street Journal has published a highly critical account of China's involvement in Sri Lanka's debt crisis. It quotes current and former Sri Lankan officials claiming that China discouraged them from seeking an early IMF bailout, offering loans for liquidity support instead.

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Overwhelming 2024-Ness of It All

In so many ways, 2024 feels like an inflection point — one of those years that carries within it a future yet unformed.
The U.S. election is of course the most prominent of these trends. If Donald Trump becomes the Rublican nominee, as expected, it will kick off a series of domino effects that could reshape the United States’ relationship with itself, and with it, the whole world.

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China’s Shaky Bet on the Rajapaksa Family

Since Sri Lanka's ruling Rajapaksa family's hurried exit as their country descended into chaos, China has been notably quiet. Official responses have been late. When he responded, Zhao Lijian, the Foreign Ministry spokesperson, only said: "China pays great ...

Deep Dive: Jose Eduardo dos Santos and the History of the “Angola Model”

The death of Angola's former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos on 8 July, brought to an end a pivotal Africa-China relationship, one that reshaped the whole continent's relationship with the rising superpower.  This great obit by South China ...