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Q&A: Untapped Opportunities In Indonesia’s Impact Tech Startups For Chinese Investors

Conversations around the China-Indonesia cooperation usually revolve around the big, flagship Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects like the high-speed rail, the industrial parks, or nickel processing in Morowali and Weda Bay.  But, development and sustainability can be driven by a ...

Xi Meets With Indonesia’s Jokowi in Summer Diplomacy Sprint

Chinese President Xi Jinping took advantage of the World University Games now underway in the southwestern province of Sichuan to meet with visiting Asian and African leaders, most notably Indonesia's Joko Widodo -- also known as Jokowi. The Indonesian president's ...

China, Russia Eager to Expand the BRICS Group, Other Members Not So Much

Expanding the five-nation BRICS group is a popular topic of discussion among Global South policymakers, with at least 40 countries now interested in joining the group and twenty-two having already applied for membership. While China and Russia have both enthusiastically embraced the ...

Chinese Foreign Policy Viewed Decidely Negative in 24- Country Pew Survey

Publics in two dozen countries around the world, mostly advanced economies in the Global North, are increasingly negative about China and its foreign policy, according to the findings of Pew Research Center's annual Global Attitudes Survey. Unsurprisingly, negative views about China ...

Analyst Handicaps Who’s in Contention to Become China’s Next Foreign Minister

The "House of Cards"-style drama that's unfolded in the Chinese Foreign Ministry over the past month is prompting intense speculation from China watchers in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere over who will ultimately become foreign minister following Qin Gang's unexpected exit last week.

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 State Media Responds to Australia’s Closer U.S Military With Threat of “Counterattack”

The Chinese Communist Party's mouthpiece Global Times denounced Australia's decision to significantly increase military cooperation with the United States with a threat of military countermeasures if Canberra is involved in a U.S. conflict with Beijing. "If Australia provides strongholds or arms ...

Chinese Citizens in Niger Shelter in Place, Future of Key Energy Projects Now in Question

The Chinese embassy in Niger called on its nationals in the country to shelter in place until the security situation stabilizes following last week's military coup. So far, there have been no reports of Chinese casualties or any adverse impact on Chinese ...

Ghanaian Winger Frank Acheampong Slaps Opponent in Chinese Super League Match in Response to Alleged Racial Insults

Ghanaian footballer Frank Acheampong apparently reached a breaking point on Friday when the Shenzhen FC winger slapped a member of the opposing team in response to alleged racial slurs. The 29-year was ejected from the match for violent behaviour, his first-ever ...