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Premier Li Qiang Tries to Reassure China’s Southeast Asian Neighbors in ASEAN Address

Chinese Prime Minister Li Qiang sought to soothe tensions with its neighbors in Southeast Asia during his keynote address on Wednesday at the ASEAN leaders summit in Jakarta. Li did not specifically reference the recent confrontations with the Philippines in the ...

While ASEAN Diplomats Converge in Jakarta, Major Powers Conduct Joint Military Exercises Across Southeast Asia

Whether by coincidence or design, three Southeast Asian countries launched high-profile joint military exercises this week with various major powers while leaders from these countries met in Jakarta for the ongoing ASEAN summit. On Sunday, the Chinese and Thai navies kicked ...

U.S. Says China’s Map Claims Over South China Sea, Indian Border Regions Are “Unlawful”

The United States joined a growing list of countries to reject China's territorial claims detailed in its new standard map that was published last week. State Department Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel addressed the issues on Tuesday at the daily press ...

Chinese, Vietnamese Communist Party Leaders Meet Ahead of Biden Visit to Hanoi

China dispatched a high-level Communist Party (CPC) emissary to Vietnam days before U.S. President Joe Biden is set to arrive when he is expected to upgrade diplomatic ties with Hanoi. Liu Jianchao, head of the CPC's international liaison department, met with ...

At the Africa Climate Summit, China Can Lead by Example on Financing Sustainable Development in Africa

By Kevin P. Gallagher The climate crisis was caused by actors outside of Africa, yet Africans are suffering among the worst effects from climate change. Looking forward, African nations need to mobilize financing upwards of 10% of GDP annually to adapt to ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Overwhelming 2024-Ness of It All

In so many ways, 2024 feels like an inflection point — one of those years that carries within it a future yet unformed.
The U.S. election is of course the most prominent of these trends. If Donald Trump becomes the Rublican nominee, as expected, it will kick off a series of domino effects that could reshape the United States’ relationship with itself, and with it, the whole world.

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China’s Ambassador to Nepal Sparks New Uproar in India

China's steadily worsening ties with India soured further on Tuesday when Beijing's ambassador to Kathmandu, Chen Song, criticized New Delhi's "policies towards Nepal and other neighbors" as "not so friendly." Chen's remarks sparked an angry response in the Indian media, which ...

China Offers to Serve as Mediator in Niger

The Chinese ambassador to Niger, Jing Feng, met with the transition Prime Minister Ali Mahamane Lamine Zene on Monday and offered to serve as a mediator to help defuse the escalating political crisis in the West African country. “The Chinese government intends ...

China Uncharacteristically Muted Response to Taiwan President’s Trip to Eswatini

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen arrived in Eswatini on Tuesday for a three-day visit to mark the tiny landlocked country's 55th anniversary of its independence. The visit is symbolically important given that the southern African kingdom is Taiwan's last diplomatic ally on ...

From Manufacutring to Movies to Stock Markets, China and Saudi Arabia Sign a Flurry of New Development Deals

The pace of news business development deals between Saudi Arabia and China appears to be gaining momentum amid a slate of new announcements this week, highlighting increasingly close financial ties between the two countries: MOVIES: Leading Saudi Arabian ...

Q&A: ASEAN Is Showing Teeth To Myanmar

On the first day of the 43rd ASEAN Summit in Jakarta, the group leaders released a review on the implementation of the Five-Point Consensus (5PC), which was put out in 2021 to help resolve the crisis in Myanmar.  The document ...