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Honduran President Leaves China With Deals and a Sense That Dumping Taiwan Was the Right Thing to Do

Honduran President Xiomara Castro heads home on Wednesday after what she described as a "historic" six-day trip to China that culminated with a meeting with President Xi Jinping. Xi complemented Castro for her "historic decisiveness" and "strong political will" for fulfilling her ...

White House Pressed to Explain Muddled Response to Report About Chinese Spy Base in Cuba

The White House is defending its seemingly contradictory response to last week's Wall Street Journal report that claimed China is building a new base in Cuba to spy on the United States. When the report first came out, National Security Council Spokesperson ...

Chinese Scholars Are (Really) Confident China Can Mediate a Settlement Between Palestinians and Israelis

There is an emerging consensus among prominent Mideast scholars in China that Beijing is now the ideal mediator to help broker a settlement to the seemingly intractable Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Their confidence (which some might see as hubris) is rooted in the ...

U.S. Treasury Secretary, Chinese Premier Both Scheduled to Attend Global Financial Conference in Paris

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Chinese Premier Li Qiang are both scheduled to attend the Summit for a New Global Financial Pact in Paris next week, where debt relief for the world's poorest countries is expected to be high on the agenda.

China’s Horn of Africa Envoy Addresses East African Leaders’ Forum in Djibouti

China's low-profile special envoy for the Horn of Africa, Xue Bing, made a rare public appearance on Monday to address the opening session of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development Leaders forum in Djibouti. Xue joined special envoys from Italy, the ...

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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 ...

Veteran Chinese Diplomat is New Envoy to Zimbabwe

China's new envoy to Zimbabwe, Zhou Ding, presented his credentials to President Emmerson Mnangagwa last week to become the second Chinese ambassador in Africa (after Zhao Bin in the DRC) to take up their post this year. Zhou, like Zhao, comes ...

Why China Wins and the West Loses When the Price of Cobalt Drops

U.S. and European automakers are rejoicing over the 30% plunge in cobalt prices this year, providing relief for one of the costliest elements needed to power electric vehicles. But what's good for Tesla, Ford and VW is not aligned with the ...