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Malaysia Leader Pushes ‘Active Neutrality’ Strategy Toward U.S and China

China and the U.S. can both be economic partners and friends of Malaysia, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said at this week's APEC summit, adding that a Cold War view of the world must end. Malaysia is not tilting towards ...

ASEAN Defense Chiefs Expand Talks to China, U.S., India

ASEAN defense ministers gathering in Jakarta expanded talks on Thursday to include defense chiefs from China, the U.S., Japan, and India. U.S. Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin attended but did not meet with a Chinese counterpart. ...

Major Implications of Biden-Xi Talks For Global South Countries

U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up four hours of bilateral talks on Tuesday on the sidelines of the APEC Summit in San Francisco. While expectations were extremely low in terms of what these two leaders would accomplish ...

China Adamantly Refuses to Get Pulled Into Israel-Hamas Conflict

An Al Jazeera reporter at the Chinese Foreign Ministry's regular press briefing in Beijing did their level best on Tuesday to try and get Spokesperson Mao Ning to budge, even a little, on China's hands-off approach to the escalating war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza ...

New Power Station in the DR Congo Showcases Why Democratically-Elected Leaders in Africa Really Like Working With China

Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi was all smiles on Tuesday when he officially inaugurated a new 220Kv power substation that will significantly improve the power supply to an estimated two million residents in the capital, Kinshasa. The President was joined by Chinese ambassador ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

Flurry of Events Outline China’s Africa Focus

The last two weeks saw several official Africa-China events that reveal focus areas in the relationship. Coming in the wake of October’s Belt and Road Forum, they reflect an uptick in official exchanges. The events also show where the focus is ...

Argentina Election Could Usher in Dramatic Change in China Ties

Argentina’s neck-and-neck presidential election this week will decide between two starkly different candidates with wildly opposing visions for the country’s relations with China. Centrist Sergio Massa faces libertarian Javier Milei in the presidential runoff on Sunday, with polls showing a virtual ...

Africa is at the Center of U.S.-China Competition for Critical Resources

U.S. lawmakers met this week to discuss how to combat the use of child labor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's cobalt mining sector which they claim is largely controlled by Chinese mining companies. The issue is part of a ...