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Plunging Chinese Trade Data Rattles Global South Stocks and Currencies

From Chile to South Africa to the Philippines, stock markets across the developing world fell sharply on Tuesday after Chinese customs authorities released worse-than-expected trade data. Chinese exports plunged 14.5% in July compared to the same time last year, the ...

Tensions Surge Between China and the Philippines Over WWII Warship at the Center of Territorial Dispute

The Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) immediately dismissed China's call to remove a decommissioned World War II-era warship, the BRP Sierra Madre, from a disputed shoal in the South China Sea that Manila claims is anchored well within the country's territorial waters.

China Releases New Video That Aims to Counter Claims It Attacked the Philippine Supply Vessel

The China Coast Guard released a new video on Tuesday that aims to bolster its assertions that it did not strike the Philippine supply vessel with a direct blast of water but instead merely used the blast to keep it from entering what it deems as Chinese territorial ...

China, Thailand Agree to Fight Call-Center Gangs

Senior Chinese and Thai security officials met in Bangkok on Tuesday to discuss closer cooperation to combat so-called  "call center gangs" that have ensnared thousands of Chinese nationals into forced labor across Southeast Asia. China's Public Security Vice Minister Xu Ganlu ...

Chinese Weapons Giant Norinco Wants to Expand Its Business in West Africa

The Chinese state-owned arms manufacturer Norinco opened a new sales office in the Senegalese capital Dakar this week as part of the company's effort to expand its business in West Africa. The company is already a major supplier to militaries ...

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 ...

Some 40 Countries Want to Join the BRICS Group, But Not Mexico, Says President

Applying to join the BRICS club has become increasingly fashionable among developing countries, with 40 states expressing interest in becoming a member of the China-initiated club -- but not Mexico. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Tuesday that he has nothing ...

Indonesian Nickel: Chinese Investments Must Heed Ecological Risks, Avoid Repeating European Colonialism Sins

Indonesia has a deep wound from colonialism. For centuries, Indonesia was a European colony forced to dig and provide raw materials for the European market. This practice was even maintained during the second president Soeharto’s New Order regime under the disguise of economic development. That is why, ...