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The U.S.-China Cobalt Test in the DR Congo

There's a lot of talk these days in Washington policy circles about the urgent need for the United States to "de-risk" or "de-couple" itself from Chinese supply chains needed to manufacture batteries required to power the green mobility revolution. A lot ...

Problems Arise Just Hours After Qin Gang Wrapped Up a Diplomatic Repair Mission to the Philippines

A tense stand-off played out on Sunday in disputed waters off the Philippines when a pair of coast guard vessels were closely followed by a Chinese Coast Guard ship and other unidentified vessels that are presumed to be Chinese fishing trawlers.

Taiwan, Not South China Sea is the Real Reason Behind the Expanding U.S. Military Presence in the Philippines, Says Prominent Chinese Analyst

This month's massive 17,000-strong joint U.S.-Philippines military exercises code-named Balikatan (Tagalog for "shoulder-to-shoulder") focused a lot of attention on drills in the South China/West Philippine Sea. The U.S. has deployed considerable military force to the South China Sea region in recent ...

China Still Keen to Join Pan-Pacific Trade Pact and Expects All 11 Members to Support Its Bid, Says Vice Minister

One of China's top trade negotiators said Beijing is still committed to joining the pan-Pacific trade pact known as CPTPP (formerly known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership) even though the odds of admission in the current political environment are close to zero. ...

More Evidence of China’s Diminishing Appetite for African Oil

It wasn't that long ago when China sourced a third of its imported oil from three African suppliers that included Angola. Today that figure is down to just 10% and appears to be steadily declining as Chinese buyers shift to sourcing crude from Russia, Persian Gulf countries ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Joint Battlefield Training to Raise Pressure in South China Sea

The U.S. military will reportedly introduce joint combat training with the Philippines in June. Major General Marcus Evans, commander of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, told the Associated Press that the training would increase the Philippine army’s ability to fight in challenging jungle conditions.
The training will run from June 1 to 10. At Manila’s request, the training will be held in Philippine territory for the first time. It will involve about 2,000 people ...

Awards for Online Influencers From Global South Countries Who “Tell Good China Stories”

Chinese propaganda authorities recognized seven online content influencers from various countries around the world, including Cameroon and Iran for their contributions to "presenting a true, panoramic view of China." The awards were given on Friday at the inaugural China Storyteller ...