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Clash in UN Security Council as Two Israel Resolutions Voted Down

China and Russia vetoed a U.S.-led UN Security Council resolution calling for pauses in the Gaza conflict to allow more humanitarian assistance to enter the blockaded region. The main reason for the veto was reportedly that it didn’t include a call for a ceasefire. The U.S. currently ...

Saudi Arabia Offers to Mediate Between China and the U.S.

Saudi Arabia is willing to help improve the relationship between the superpowers. Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan said during a panel discussion at the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh: “If there are opportunities that we can make the relationship between U.S. and China better, we will. We enjoy a ...

Biden Says Pact With Philippines “Ironclad” While Asserting China Aggression in South China Sea

U.S. President Joe Biden called China’s action towards the Philipines in the South China Sea  “dangerous” and “unlawful” and said any attack would result in U.S. involvement. “The United States defense commitment to the Philippines is ironclad. Any attack on Filipino ...

Philippines Eyes Multilateral Approach Against China in South China Sea

The Philippines will increase multilateral activities, including freedom of navigation transits in the South China Sea and hopes more partners will "join our fight" after multiple recent run-ins with Chinese maritime forces. China’s recent maneuvers "could result in more willing nations to ...

Views From Manila on China-Philippines Confrontations in South China Sea

The recent confrontations between Chinese and Filipino vessels in the South China Sea are prompting significant commentary in the Philippines media, where it appears that public opinion toward China is hardening. Commentators have taken a distinct tough line on the relationship, accepting that it’s going to be ...

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 ...

South China Sea Conference Wraps Up in Vietnam With High-Level Speakers From China and Other Countries

The two-day 15th Annual South China Sea International Conference concluded Thursday in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, hosting speakers from dozens of countries, including China. The event took place on the heels of multiple confrontations in the South China Sea between Chinese ...

EU’s Global Gateway Moves Forward on DRC-Angola Corridor in Bid to Counter China

The European Union and the United States will launch the early stages of a logistics corridor linking the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia to an export facility in Angola. This was one of the key announcements on the second day of ...

Assessing the Impact of Chinese Media Influence in Africa

China's media presence in Africa is far more pervasive today than it was a decade ago, but not in the conventional way. Very few people consume China's traditional media offerings on the continent but millions, often unaware, engage with Chinese-produced messaging ...

Chinese Company Exports Illegal Timber Worth Millions from DRC Despite Ban: Report

Congo King Baisheng Forestry Development, a Chinese-owned timber company, exported $5 million worth of illegally logged timber in the first six months of 2023 alone, according to a new report by Global Witness. The NGO used satellite imagery to show that the company kept logging in the ...

Morocco Looks at Its Relations with China: Between the Earthquake and the Diplomatic Celebrations

By Mariateresa Natuzzi and Léa Gebuhrer In this issue of the ChinaMed Observer, we take stock of Sino-Moroccan relations as the two countries prepare to commemorate the 65th anniversary of their diplomatic ties this November 1st. We examine recent trends in Moroccan press ...