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Syrian President Assad Heads to Beijing as China Ramps Up Mideast Diplomacy

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will arrive in China on Thursday ahead of a landmark summit with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. Assad's visit kicks off a new round of Chinese diplomacy focused on the Mideast in the weeks ahead that will also ...

Kuwait’s Crown Prince Heads to China

Kuwait's Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah left for China on Wednesday for an official visit that will likely include a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (the Foreign Ministry has to confirm whether it will happen). The focus of the ...

BRI Isn’t Intended to Undermine the West, Says China’s EU Ambassador

Fu Cong, the Chinese ambassador to the European Union in Brussels, challenged the widely-held perception in Brussels and other Western capitals that the Belt and Road Initiative aims to undermine U.S. and European influence around the world. If that was the ...

Republican Lawmakers in the U.S. Propose Yet Another Strategy to Challenge China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Three Republican legislators in the United States feel enough isn't being done to counter China's Belt and Road Initiative and want the State Department to come up with yet another plan to blunt Beijing's "debt-trap diplomacy disguised as infrastructure development" in developing countries.

Prominent Chinese Professor Explains Why the U.S., Not China is Actually to Blame for Global South Debt Distress

One of China's foremost scholars on international debt says accusations that Beijing engages in predatory lending, or "debt trap diplomacy" do not align with the facts -- and that it's actually the U.S., or more precisely the U.S. dollar, that's really to blame.

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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 ...

China’s Two-Pronged Auto Export Strategy: EVs to the North, Gas-Powered to the South

Analysts are forecasting Chinese automakers will ship 5 million vehicles this year, solidifying the country's position as the world's largest auto exporter. But there's a stark discrepancy in terms of what kind of cars go where, according to Michael Dunne, one ...

Chinese Flag Mysteriously Appears at Protest in Niger

Russian flags have become a regular sight among supporters of military juntas that have thrown governments across West Africa this year -- but never a Chinese flag, until now. A bright red five-star Chinese flag mysteriously appeared at a protest in ...