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China May Deploy Navy in Spats With Philippines in South China Sea, Chinese Analysts Say

Weeks of steadily escalating confrontations between the coast guards of China and the Philippines in the South China Sea culminated on Tuesday with Chinese analysts saying Beijing may deploy navy ships in future encounters. China has generally only used its coast ...

China Determined to Stay Out of Israel-Hamas War, Analysts Reflect on How Beijing’s Stance Will Impact Mideast Ties

The Chinese government is not budging from its initial response to the war between Hamas and Israel, refusing to condemn the initial assault over the weekend and appearing determined to remain on the sidelines. On Tuesday, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wanbin ...

China-Linked Group Involved in Hamas-Israel Misinformation Campaign, Expert Says

A China-linked cyber organization has been attempting to criticize the Biden administration’s efforts relating to the ongoing Hamas-Israel conflict, according to John Hultquist, chief analyst at Google Cloud’s Mandiant Intelligence division. At the same time, Chinese state media have been promoting unsubstantiated ...

China’s “Marshall Plan” for South Africa Raises Questions

China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) has apparently provided a comprehensive blueprint to overhaul South Africa’s ailing infrastructure sector in order to kickstart growth. South African development is being dragged down by a joint crisis in its state-owned enterprises. Ongoing blackouts from its ...

BRI DEEP DIVE: New Chinese Government Report Gives the Broadest Inside View of the BRI Yet

Marking the tenth anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative, China’s State Council Information Office released a huge white paper taking stock. It provides the most comprehensive view yet of how the BRI is viewed inside China and a rundown of key achievements.

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 ...

BRI DEEP DIVE: Outside View Reveals Debt and Pollution, But Also Real Development Benefits

If the Chinese Government’s white paper gives the government account of the BRI, a second huge report provides the view from outside. Boston University’s Global Development Policy Center published a report this week that takes a critical view of the initiative’s first decade.