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Japan Embarks on Unfamiliar Path In Southeast Asia to Contain China

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida kicks off state visits to the Philippines and Malaysia on Friday in a move to project a more forceful image in a region where China is growing increasingly assertive. Kishida will meet with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr, address ...

Biden Picks Asia Hand Kurt Campbell as Deputy Secretary of State

President Biden has nominated top Asia strategist Kurt Campbell as Deputy Secretary of State. The choice of Campbell as Secretary of State Antony Blinken's second-in-command signals continued attention to China despite the U.S.'s growing focus on conflicts in Europe and the Middle East.  

Lithium Sector Leads Big Increase in Chinese Investment into Zimbabwe

Licenses issued by the Zimbabwean government could lead to $2.79 billion in Chinese investment flowing into the country. The funding will mostly go to the mining and energy sector. Zimbabwe has one of the largest deposits of lithium in the world ...

China Denies Omitting Israel From Maps

China’s government pointed out that its official maps include Israel, after social media users noted that the country was missing from maps services run by companies Baidu and Alibaba. The issue initially caused confusion, as multiple Western media outlets asserted that Israel was ...

Myanmar Fighting Raises Risks for China

Clashes along China’s 2,000km border with Myanmar are raising concerns about trade disruptions and a possible refugee problem in China. Since Friday, fighting between the military junta and local militias has erupted in Shan State and Kachin State, which share borders with China’s Yunnan Province.

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China Intensifies SE Asian Diplomacy Amid U.S.-Philippine Exercises

Tensions are high in the South China Sea as the Philippines kicks off its annual Balikatan joint military exercises with the United States. The opening ceremony of the three-week, 17,000-troop operation took place on Tuesday, aimed at “highlighting ironclad alliance” between Washington and Manila, according to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. The exercises will also include France and Australia.
In response, China is signaling its own regional relationships. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi ...

New Documentary Humanizes the China-Africa Relationship

Eat Bitter is a new documentary making the rounds of the international film festival circuit that tells the story of two men, one from China and the other from the Central African Republic (CAR), who work on opposite ends of the ...