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U.S., China Both Operating Carrier Strike Groups in the South China Sea

The tensions that were stoked Sunday when Philippine and Chinese vessels collided in the South China Sea come at a time when China and the U.S. have numerous warships deployed in relatively close proximity. The U.S. Navy’s current South China Sea-focused ...

China Comes to Philippines Confrontation With Cameras Ready

In previous confrontations between China and the Philippines at sea, the Chinese were slow to release video and to rebut Philippine allegations of what transpired. Not this time. Chinese state media and influencers were quick ...

China-Philippines at-Sea Collisions Prompt Mutual Recriminations and Questions Why This Happened Now

The Philippines and China are trading accusations of “provocative” actions after their vessels in the South China Sea collided twice on Sunday — raising already white-hot tensions after multiple aggressive encounters in the region recently. The run-ins occurred near the disputed Second ...

China Limits Exports of Graphite to Counter U.S. Technology Restrictions

The Chinese government announced it will soon restrict the export of three grades of graphite, a key ingredient in EV batteries and nuclear power plants, in retaliation for U.S.-led restrictions on technology sales to Chinese companies. China's Ministry of Commerce ...

China Takes Advantage of Cobalt’s Low Price to Boost Strategic Reserve

The Chinese government plans to fortify its stockpile of cobalt, a critical resource used to manufacture electric vehicle batteries. Insiders tell Reuters that the Strategic Reserves Administration plans to purchase 3,100 metric tons of the blue metal in a move likely timed ...

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 Special Mideast Envoy Largely Unseen at Cairo Peace Conference

Despite all of the talk over the past year of China's ambitions to be a major player in brokering Mideast peace, Beijing's Special Envoy to the region, Zhai Jun, was largely absent from the emergency discussions on the Israel-Gaza war that took place in Cairo on Saturday. ...

What is China Trying to Achieve in the Middle East? Prominent Chinese Scholar Lays it Out

Chinese diplomacy in the Middle East has become a lot more prominent over the last few years, especially with its brokering of a diplomatic thaw between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Since the start of the Israel conflict, China has called for a ceasefire and drew Israeli anger ...

Pentagon Report Shows Not Much Has Changed in Chinese Military Engagement in the Global South

The Pentagon has issued its annual report on China’s military capability. While it notes an increase in China’s overall military strength, especially how fast it’s building up its nuclear arsenal, not much has seemingly changed in terms of China’s military expansion in the Global South.

Chinese Netizens Hit Out At Wang Yi’s Infrastructure Challenge

At last week’s Belt and Road Forum China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi threw down the gauntlet at the U.S.-led Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII), saying, "We might as well compete internationally to see who can build more roads, railways and bridges for developing countries and who ...

African, Chinese Exim Banks Sign $600 Million Trade Deal

China Exim Bank has signed a $600 million deal with the African Export-Import Bank to boost trade and economic cooperation between Afreximbank member states and China. At present, it is unclear which specific sectors will be targeted via the deal, which was signed ...