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Possible Xi-Putin Summit Comes at a Critical Time in Sino-Russian Ties

This week's expected summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russia's Vladimir Putin comes at a delicate time for both countries: ?? With Russian forces now in retreat in portions of eastern Ukraine, President Putin needs to keep ...

This Week Will Likely Mark the End of Xi Jinping’s 971 Day Absence From International Diplomacy

The last time Xi Jinping traveled abroad was a trip to Myanmar on January 17, 2020. This week, the Chinese president is widely expected to end his nearly three-year absence from international diplomacy when he heads to Central Asia for a ...

Chinese, Indian Military Forces Pull Back Troops From Disputed Border Area Ahead of Possible Xi-Modi Meeting

After months of steadily deteriorating ties between India and China, a partial pullback by military forces from both countries high in the Himalayas is a welcome bit of good news. The move may also be a precursor to a possible meeting between President Xi Jinping ...

Chinese-Processed Cobalt (Likely From the DRC) Was to Blame For the U.S. Sales Shutdown of the F-35 Fighter Jet

Sales in the U.S. of the advanced F-35 fighter jet were shut down after it was discovered that a magnet in the plane contained an alloy made with cobalt that was processed in China. It's against the law ...

Chinese Business Community in the Philippines Terrorized by Brutal Kidnappings

The president of the Chinese chamber of commerce in the Philippines is pleading for authorities to do more to protect the local Chinese community following a spate of recent kidnappings. Lujin Ang Shengcheng (卢金·昂声称) said at least 56 people have been abducted in 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 ...