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Chinese PM Fills in for His Boss at G20, Still No Explanation From Beijing Why Xi Jinping Was a No Show

China did its very best to downplay President Xi Jinping's absence from the G20 leaders summit in New Delhi over the weekend, sending novice diplomat Premier Li Qiang in his place. At home, China's tightly controlled media made no mention of ...

China Thinks New India-Mideast-Europe Railway Announced at G20 is Really About China

The Chinese Communist Party is not impressed with the "historic" announcement made at the G20 summit in New Delhi on Saturday that aims to build a vast multi-modal transportation corridor linking India to Europe via the Middle East. The new railway, according ...

This Chart Explains Why Xi Jinping Will Probably Go to Next Year’s G20 Summit in Brazil

Until recently, there was never any doubt that a Chinese president would participate in major summits like the G20 or ASEAN. Chinese leaders in the post-Mao era saw their attendance at these events as a symbol of China's resurgence as a major world power. ...

U.S., EU Unveil Next Steps in the Expansion of Angola’s Lobito Corridor Railway

The United States and the European Union are moving forward with a plan to upgrade the 1,300-kilometer Lobito rail corridor that links the copper and cobalt belts in Zambia and the DR Congo with the port of Lobito in Angola. In separate ...

Biden says U.S. Not Looking to Contain China Following Diplomatic Upgrade With Vietnam

U.S. President Joe Biden pushed back against the accusation that newly-elevated diplomatic ties with Vietnam are part of a larger effort to "contain China" or start a new "Cold War." “I think we think too much in ... cold war terms,” 

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Philippine Fishing Fleets Urged to Maintain Presence at Disputed Shoal as Tensions Build

The Philippine coastguard called on its country’s fishing fleets to keep operating around the Scarborough Shoal (known as Bajo de Masinloc in the Philippines and Huangyan Dao in China) despite the large Chinese presence in the disputed South China Sea area.
Coastguard spokesperson Jay Tarriela said while Philippine government vessels can’t maintain a constant presence, they are committed to protecting the country’s fishing rights in what it sees as its Exclusive Economic Zone.


China Blocks Vietnamese Fruit Trucks From Entering One Day After Hanoi Upgrades Diplomatic Ties With Washington

Hundreds of Vietnamese trucks carrying fresh fruit are backing up at Chinese border crossings due to newly introduced inspection requirements. The timing of these new inspections is prompting speculation that it could be a form of retaliation against Vietnam for upgrading ...

Philippines and Chinese Coast Guard Face Off Again in South China Sea With the U.S. Air Force Overhead

The Philippines Coast Guard and Navy successfully outmaneuvered a Chinese blockade to bring food and other provisions to a remote outpost in the South China Sea -- but not before several harrowing confrontations with Chinese vessels that appeared determined to prevent the Filipino vessels from passing.

How Chinese Maritime Forces Tried to Blockade a Philippines Re-Supply Mission in the South China Sea

In this image taken by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), seven Chinese vessels, including unmarked "maritime militia" ships, surrounded a pair of PCG ships during a re-supply mission on Friday.

Zambian President Arrives in China for Crucial Debt Talks

Zambian President Haikinde Hichilema landed in the southern Chinese megacity of Shenzhen on Sunday to kick off a six-day visit to China that will include highly-anticipated talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to finalize the details of a debt restructuring deal signed last June.