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China Ushers in New Era of High-Speed Rail in Southeast Asia

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo inaugurated Southeast Asia's first-ever high-speed railway on Monday with the official opening of "Whoosh," the Chinese-backed bullet train that zips at 350kmh between the capital Jakarta and the Javan city of Bandung. The new railway opened four ...

Marcos: Philippines Not Looking For Trouble With China, Vows to Defend Against Incursions

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. issued a conciliatory yet firm message to China that his country does not want to provoke a confrontation over disputed territories in the South China Sea, but he will do what's necessary to protect its waters. The ...

Growing Concern in Asia That China-Philippines Stand-Off Could Escalate Into Full-Scale International Conflict

The steadily escalating confrontation between China and the Philippines over disputed maritime territories in the South China Sea is prompting new anxieties in Asia that the feud could trigger a much larger conflict that includes the United States. The Hindu, one ...

Pro-China Opposition Leader to be Next President of Maldives

Maldives opposition leader Mohamed Muizzu easily won a second-round vote against incumbent Ibrahim Solih to become president-elect of the small Indian Ocean island state. Muizzu, who is widely seen as favorable to increased engagement with China and less so with India, won ...

Reality Now Dawning Western Countries Probably Can’t Catch-Up With China in the Critical Minerals Race

There's been a noticeable shift in recent weeks in the European and North American discourse about China's dominance of critical resources used to manufacture electric vehicle batteries. Officials on both sides of the Atlantic are no longer boasting about rivaling China's ...

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 ...

China’s Huawei Sets up Commodities Hedging Team in Singapore, Hong Kong

Huawei Technologies (HWT.UL) is building a commodities team to hedge and trade metals and energy products, according to the Chinese technology company's job posts on professional social network LinkedIn. The company was looking for a commodity trader and a commodity market ...

Saudi Arabia, China to Hold Joint Naval Exercises This Month

The Chinese and Saudia Arabian navies will conduct a second round of joint naval exercises later this month off the coast of Guangdong in southern China. "This joint training focuses on overseas maritime counter-terrorism operations, conducting exercises on sniper tactics, boat ...

Lots of Smiles and Lots of Handshakes, But What Else Did Syria’s President Get During His Recent Visit to China?

President Bashar al-Assad's visit to China in late September is widely seen as an important step in Syria's re-integration into the international community after years of Western-led international isolation. Assad received a much warmer welcome in China than he would pretty ...

Q&A: Lots of Smiles, Lots of Handshakes, But What Else Did Syrian President Bashar Assad Get During His Recent Visit to China?

President Bashar al-Assad's visit to China in late September is widely seen as an important step in Syria's re-integration into the international community after years of Western-led international isolation. Assad received a much warmer welcome in China than he would pretty ...