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Xi Reassures Raisi Everything is OK Between China and Iran

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi is undoubtedly relieved that his meeting on Tuesday with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping went smoothly and (at least on the surface) Tehran's ties with Beijing seem back on track. Over the past year, there's ...

Iran Leans Into Ties With China to Ease the Sanctions Burden From the U.S., Say Scholars

Iran's shift away from engagement with the U.S. and Europe and towards China is the key theme of this week's visit to Beijing by President Ebrahim Raisi, according to two of China's leading Mideast scholars. Professor Ding Long from Shanghai International ...

India Adds to Mounting Pressure on China to Resolve Debt Relief Impasse With IMF, World Bank

The Indian government called on China to stop blocking the debt restructuring process for the world's poorest countries, adding to the pressure on Beijing ahead of a critical meeting with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund on Friday. Amitabh ...

Philippines Summons Chinese Ambassador Over Laser Incident at Sea

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos summoned China's ambassador to express his "serious concern" over Monday's alleged use of a military grade laser by a Chinese Coast Guard vessel against nearby Philippines ships in the South China Sea. In Washington, U.S. State Department ...

Ugandan Food Vlogger in Rural China Becomes Unlikely Social Media Star

30-year Ugandan immigrant Rose is now a full-fledged social media star on China's TikTok equivalent Douyin. Now, with more than a million followers and almost 200 million likes, Rose (who doesn't reveal her last name) has become one of China's most popular food vloggers. ...

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 ...