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Apple’s Plan to Shift More Manufacturing From China to Elsewhere in Asia Takes Shape

Since the beginning of the year, there's been a steady drip of news coming from Apple about its plans to gradually end its decades-long reliance on China to manufacture the bulk of the company's products. First, there was word that 

With Sales Slowing at Home, Chinese EV Giant BYD Looks to New Markets in the Global South

September sales of New Energy Vehicles (NEVs) in China increased at the slowest pace in five months, providing fresh hints that relentless COVID lockdowns and a slowing Chinese economy may be taking a toll on the Chinese consumer. ...

Chinese Consumer Preferences Now Influencing Ford’s SUV Sales in Other Global South Markets

The new Ford Territory SUV crossover that will go on sale next year in Mexico will feature styling and interior features that were conceived for Chinese consumers. The Territory is the product of Ford's Chinese joint venture with state-owned Jiangling Motors Corporation. The two jointly designed the ...

Nigeria Awards Huawei Contract to Build Electronic Border Surveillance System

Huawei will build a new satellite-based electronic monitoring system along sections of Nigeria's 5,000-kilometer border in a bid to stem the flow of illegal immigrants and to provide early detection of security threats. Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola said last week that the ...

One of China’s Leading Mideast Scholars Expresses Sympathy For Iranian Protestors, Testing the Limits of What’s Acceptable in His Own Country

One of China's most prominent Mideast scholars, Fan Hongda from the Middle East Studies Institute at Shanghai International Studies University, is expressing solidarity with anti-government protestors in Iran on social media. At the same time, he's pushing the boundaries of what's acceptable online speech for a Chinese ...

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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 ...