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Vietnam and Japan Elevate Diplomatic Ties in Response to China’s Growing Assertiveness in Asia-Pacific

Vietnam added another major power to its growing list of top-tier diplomatic partners this week when President Võ Văn Thưởng announced the elevation of diplomatic ties with Japan to "Comprehensive Strategic Partnership" -- Hanoi's highest diplomatic status that puts Tokyo at the same level as China, the U.S., ...

Japan Begins to Feel Pain of China’s Graphite Export Restrictions

China’s recent decision to restrict graphite exports is hitting importers hard, not least in Japan. On December 1, Chinese exporters will need special permits that meet national security concerns before they export the key mineral used in batteries that power electric ...

China’s DRC Envoy Calls for Better Protection of Chinese Nationals in Eastern Congo

Chinese ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zhao Bin, urged security officials in the southeastern Tanganyika Province near the border with Tanzania to do more to protect Chinese nationals in the area. Kidnappings and murders of Chinese nationals in ...

A Chinese Perspective on the Proposed U.S.-Backed Lobito Corridor in Angola

Angolan President João Lourenço is scheduled to meet with his U.S. counterpart, Joe Biden, at the White House on Thursday, where the two are expected to discuss moving forward with the development of the Lobito Corridor. The U.S. and the European ...

Most of Africa’s Energy Financing Comes from China: Report

Despite Africa’s massive energy potential, its population’s electricity demand is not being met. However, the continent’s energy landscape is changing rapidly, thanks in large part to China. A new report by the prominent Africa-China researcher Oyintarelado Moses for the Carnegie Endowment ...

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 ...

Israel’s Ambassador to China Says Ties Remain Stable Despite Differences Over Beijing’s Response to the War

There's been palpable disappointment in Israel over China's delayed reaction to the October 7th attack by Hamas and  Beijing's refusal to label the Islamic militant group a terrorist organization. Those differences aside, however, relations between the two countries remain stable, according ...

China Benefits as Israel-Hamas War Undermines West’s Standing in Global South

There's mounting concern in the U.S. and Europe that their global reputations, particularly in developing countries, will be among the latest casualties of the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. In the Global South, anger is rising against ...