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Is China Setting the Agenda for Global South Debt Restructuring?

In June, Zambia reached what's been described as a landmark debt restructuring deal that for the first time brought together the country's bilateral creditors including China, traditional Paris Club lenders and bondholders. While the deal ...

Reflections on a Summer in the United States

I'll be heading back to Vietnam this week after seven weeks in the U.S. -- the longest period I've spent in this country in almost 15 years. I'm so grateful to the hundreds of people who took the time to meet ...

10 Years and a Trillion Dollars Later, the BRI Turns Green

China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) crossed a number of critical milestones in the first half of the year that seem to demonstrate President Xi Jinping's signature foreign policy initiative is still going strong despite concerns over debt sustainability. 102 deals ...

U.S. Lawmakers Want to Sell More Stuff to Africa and Latin America to Counter China

Tucked away in a remote corner of the U.S. Senate's version of the massive $875 billion proposed budget for the U.S. Defense Department is a small piece of legislation that aims to boost U.S. exports to Africa. The legislation, known as the ...

EU’s Ursula von der Leyen Takes Aim at China During Philippines Visit, Pledges Maritime Security Assistance

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen sharply criticized China's increasingly assertive behavior in the South China Sea and vowed closer security cooperation with the Philippines. "We are concerned about the rising tensions in the Indo-Pacific," she said during a visit to ...

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 ...

Asia Society Task Force Urges U.S. to Focus More Attention on Southeast Asia to Compete With China

A joint task force organized by the Asia Society, a New York-based research institution, published a new report with a number of pointed recommendations for U.S. policymakers to improve their engagement in Southeast Asia and become competitive with China in the region.

G7 Climate Diplomacy — Sweet Words, but Just Debt and Delays for the Global South

The last few weeks have made two things clear. First, the heat waves hitting the Global North have hammered home (yet again) that climate change is getting faster and more dangerous by the day. Second, despite calls from U.S. climate czar John Kerry to separate climate issues from ...