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Myanmar-China Oil and Gas Pipeline Control Station Destroyed in Latest Attack Affecting Chinese Interests

Myanmar’s military government said several of the country’s armed insurgent groups destroyed a control station of the Myanmar-China oil and natural gas pipeline in a state bordering China. The attack happened in the northern Shan State, which borders China’s Yunnan Province. The ...

Chinese Foreign Minister to Lead UN Security Council Meeting on Gaza

Wang Yi, China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, will chair a UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting in New York on the ongoing crisis in Gaza. China, the current UNSC president, called the meeting scheduled for November 29. It comes as the two sides are ...

Philippines Defense Secretary: No Point In Talking About Territorial Claims If China Doesn’t Respect International Rules

The Philippines' defense secretary struck a pessimistic tone about territorial discussions with China, saying they were futile unless Beijing was willing to be more sincere and respect a rules-based order. “If there are going to be bilateral discussions, it must be based on ...

iPhone Maker Foxconn to Invest $1.5 Billion in India as It Looks Beyond China

As it looks to build beyond China, Foxconn Technology will invest more than $1.5 billion in an Indian construction project to fulfill “operational needs,” the Apple supplier said Monday. Foxconn, based in Taiwan, has significant operations in mainland China. Foxconn’s factories ...

Angolan President to Visit Washington This Week For Lobito Corridor Talks

Angola’s President João Lourenço will meet with U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday during an official visit to Washington. According to a White House statement, they will focus on the next steps in a joint logistics corridor linking the Angolan port ...

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 ...

Discourse Check: How China Frames Its Involvement in DRC Mining

Western opposition to Chinese involvement in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s mining sector is sharpening, with measures proposed to ban supplies of cobalt from Chinese companies. This opposition partly reflects concerns about Chinese control of a strategic resource, but it is also ...

Explaining Indonesia’s Different Responses To Palestine, Xinjiang, and Myanmar’s Rohingya

On November 16, 2023, an overcrowded wooden boat carrying around 250 Rohingyas attempted to land in the Indonesian province of Aceh. They were unwelcome, and locals turned the boat away. The Rohingyas are a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority group in Myanmar. Thousands are forced to risk ...