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China and the Philippines Navigate Tricky Mix of Warm Economic Ties and Icy Politics

While the dispute between China and the Philippines around territorial claims in the South China Sea keeps escalating, economic relations between the two are “business as usual.” However, the growing disagreement could cause economic complications for Manila. The current fight centers around a WWII-era warship, ...

The U.S. is Popular in Southeast Asia, But Chinese Influence Isn’t Going Away: Study

While the United States is generally more liked among populations in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam, they see China as the pivotal economic power in the region. This was one finding of a newly compiled opinion survey tracking popular and elite views published ...

Reminder: China Will Be Central to Clean Tech Supply Chains for a Long Time

Financial Times published a fascinating rundown of China’s ongoing centrality in the mining and refining of critical minerals. These minerals, which include lithium, cobalt and nickel, are key to many clean energy applications, from e-vehicle batteries to wind turbines. China’s investments in ...

Backgrounder: How India-China Relations Are Shaping Multilateral Bodies

India and China's fractious relationship reaches far beyond their disputed border. It influences politics in countries like the Maldives, where candidates in the upcoming presidential election are frequently defined according to their China/India alignment. The tensions are also reshaping multilateral organizations. India ...