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China, UAE Calls Emergency UN Security Council Meeting On Gaza

China co-sponsored the call by the United Arab Emirates for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Monday to seek a binding resolution calling for a humanitarian pause in Gaza. During the meeting, China’s representative at the UN, Zhang Jun, criticized ...

China Steps Up Middle East Diplomacy in Multi-Front Push

China’s Special Envoy to the Middle East, Zhai Jun, met with Jordan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi on Monday to discuss the conflict in Gaza. This is the newest in a series of meetings about the crisis with diplomats across the region. ...

Philippines Denies Chinese Air and Sea Deployments Pushed It From Disputed Shoal

The Philippines and China are trading conflicting accusations following yet another encounter in the South China Sea. On Monday, a Philippine Navy ship sailed near the disputed Scarborough Shoal, prompting China to dispatch air and naval forces of the People’s Liberation ...

Philippines Fights ‘Pro-Beijing Narratives’ as South China Sea Spats Swell

A Philippine Coast Guard spokesperson criticized domestic communities he said are pushing false narratives about the country's territorial conflict with China.  Commodore Jay Tarriela pointed out what he called three misleading claims that he says support China’s agenda and have gained prominence ...

China’s Maritime Dispute With the Philippines is Primarily a Problem With the U.S., Says Professor

The surge in maritime tensions between the Philippines and China that began in February is largely due to the United States instigating its ally in Manila, according to Wu Shicun, director of the South China Sea Research Center at Xiamen University. ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Japan-Kenya Loan Deal Shifts Chinese Influence

Japan will reportedly provide about $107 million in bilateral loans to Kenya for port, water, and electricity infrastructure, to be implemented from next week. The deal signals a stronger role for Japan as an external partner to the continent amid G7 anxieties about China’s influence.
The loans will be used to upgrade key infrastructure in Kenya:

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China Dismisses U.S. Trade Rep’s Moves to Build Alternate Critical Mineral Supply Chains

The Communist Party of China (CPC) said any efforts by the U.S. and its partners to reduce their dependence on Chinese critical resources used to manufacture electric vehicle batteries is "futile and will backfire." The CPC's typically acerbic comments came ...

A Billion Dollar Copper/Cobalt Mine is Up For Grabs in the DR Congo, Providing Rare Opening For the U.S. to Get in the Market

For the first time in seven years, the United States can re-enter the all-important critical resources mining sector in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where China is the dominant actor. The persistently low price of cobalt, a metal used to ...

Lithium Rush: The Risks and Rewards of a China-Led Commodity Boom for Latin America and the Caribbean’s Transition Materials

By Zara C. Albright At last week’s Belt and Road Forum, China announced the creation of the Green Investment and Finance Partnership (GIFP), part of the $100 billion in new financing for the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), aimed at ...