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The New Cold War Raises Climate Fears

The U.S.-China relationship's long slide into enemy-ship has now been formalized: we're in a new cold war. This isn't news exactly, but the way the Biden administration made this division the main structuring principle of its new National Security Strategy is ...

Biden’s National Security Strategy Formalizes New Cold War

The Biden administration’s newly released National Security Strategy sketched a dark vision of the 2020s as a decade when “he terms of geopolitical competition between the major powers will be set.” The release of the strategy document was delayed due to ...

Xi’s Agenda Troubled by Miscalculations: Top Singapore Diplomat 

As strategic competition between China and the United States intensifies, Beijing enters its momentous 20th Party Congress (kicking off on Sunday) saddled with three big foreign policy mistakes.  So argues Singapore's former top diplomat, Ambassador Bilahari Kausikan, in ...

China Releases Climate Plan Focusing Heavily on Global South

China has released a new concept note  on climate cooperation in the runup to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (known as COP27) taking place in Egypt in November.  The document suggests areas ...

Morocco Buys Chinese Drones

Morocco bought an unspecified number of Chinese-made Wing Loong II drones. The remote-controlled planes have both reconnaissance and strike capability and are an upgrade of the earlier Wing Loong drone. Morocco already owns four of these older models and similar tech from Israel and Turkey. 

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China Intensifies SE Asian Diplomacy Amid U.S.-Philippine Exercises

Tensions are high in the South China Sea as the Philippines kicks off its annual Balikatan joint military exercises with the United States. The opening ceremony of the three-week, 17,000-troop operation took place on Tuesday, aimed at “highlighting ironclad alliance” between Washington and Manila, according to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. The exercises will also include France and Australia.
In response, China is signaling its own regional relationships. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi ...

Ethiopia Debuts New Chinese-Built Science Museum

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed inaugurated a new Chinese-built museum of science in Addis Ababa last week. He said the museum "offers both the young and old a place to inquire, explore, innovate and invent" and praised how it was "built in ...

Debt in Africa: Everyone’s Watching What China Does in Zambia

The United Nations Development Program issued a new report this week that once again sounded the alarm on the urgent need for debt relief in the world's poorest countries. The UNDP said 54 countries are at risk, with African countries accounting ...