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“The Mekong is Dying”: How China’s River Diplomacy Neglects Locals, Exacerbates Climate Change

The rainy season would usually start in May, but this was late June and it was still not raining much. Niwat Roykaew, who grew up on the bank of the Mekong River in Thailand’s northern Chiang Rai province, noticed.  Born and ...

Q&A: China’s New Global Initiatives? What Are Its Goals and How Does It Affect the Middle East and Israel?

In the past two years, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced three global initiatives: the Global Development Initiative, the Global Security Initiative, and the Global Civilization Initiative. To understand the nature of the initiatives and their consequences for the Middle East we spoke with researcher Tuvia Gering, a ...

The Rare Occurrence When Latin American Diplomacy Was Center Stage in Both China and Taiwan

It's not often Latin America is the focus of attention on the same day in both China and Taiwan, as was the case on Tuesday when Paraguay's president-elect Santiago Peña arrived in Taipei just as Nicaraguan presidential advisor Laureano Ortega met with China's top foreign policy official Wang ...

Report: Suspected Chinese State-Backed Disinformation Campaign Targeting Latin America Detected

Suspected Chinese state-backed entities launched a series of Twitter accounts to disseminate pro-China messaging to audiences in several Latin American countries, including Paraguay, Costa Rica, Chile and Brazil, among others, according to the findings in a new report published by the U.S.-based cyber intelligence firm Nisos.

China Doubled Investment in Critical Minerals Last Year, Says International Energy Agency

China made some big moves last year to expand its already formidable presence in the critical minerals mining sector and diversify where it gets those resources that are so crucial to powering next generation transportation. Chinese companies doubled their investment in ...

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 ...

Chinese Warships Dock in Gabon as Foreign Minister Holds Talks With Wang Yi in Beijing

A trio of Chinese warships will wrap up a four-day port of call to the small West African country of Gabon on Wednesday, capping several days of high-profile between the two countries. While the PLA Navy's 43rd Naval Escort Taskforce was docked ...

Small Fish Sizes in Ghana’s Waters Indicate Effects of Illegal Trawling by Chinese and Other Vessels

The latest policy from the Fisheries Commission in Ghana reveals that data from catch assessment surveys shows considerable levels of overfishing leading to a GDP decline from 1.5% in 2015 to 0.9% in 2019 due to overexploitation of the fisheries resources.