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Agreements At COP28 But Key Problems Remain Untouched

China supported some key agreements unveiled at the COP28 climate gathering in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, over the weekend. However, it refused to join a popular decarbonization pledge, showing that key disputes remain unresolved. The early agreements include the Oil & Gas ...

Argentina Will Not Join BRICS, Says Incoming Foreign Minister

Argentina will not join the China-led BRICS group when President-Elect Javier Milei takes office, the incoming foreign minister said, emphasizing the many possible shakeups to come under the new administration. “We will not join the BRICS,” said Diana Mondino, who is set ...

China’s ‘Swarming Ships’ and Philippines’ ‘Christmas Convoy’ Reignite South China Sea Tensions

Nerves are back on edge in the South China Sea as confrontations between Chinese and Filipino forces resume after a brief lull in activity. The Philippines is accusing China of “swarming” a disputed reef in the area with more than 100 ...

U.S. Navy Ship ‘Seriously Violated’ China’s Sovereignty: Chinese Military

China condemned the U.S. for sending a navy warship through disputed waters in the South China Sea, highlighting ongoing military tensions between the countries. The USS Gabrielle Giffords reportedly sailed near the Second Thomas Shoal on Monday, “seriously violating China’s sovereignty ...

Wang Yi Wraps Two-Day Visit to Vietnam in Advance of Xi’s Expected Arrival Later This Month

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi wrapped up a two-day visit to Hanoi on Saturday, where he held high-level talks with the leadership as part of the China-Vietnam Steering Committee for Bilateral Cooperation. Wang's visit is also widely seen as an advance ...

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 ...

China-India Border Talks Hint at Possible De-Escalation

Chinese and Indian officials hope to cool down a simmering border dispute that has pushed bilateral relations close to a crisis point over the last few years. This follows “constructive” talks between the two countries late last week. While no major ...

Biden Issues New Rules That Aim to Cut China Out of the U.S.’ EV Battery Supply Chain

U.S. consumers will no longer benefit from a $7,500 tax credit when they buy an electric vehicle that contains battery metals that were produced in China, according to new rules released by the Biden administration on Friday. The new regulations are ...

Zimbabwe Commissions Chinese-Built Lithium Plant

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa officially opened a new lithium processing facility aimed at moving the country up the mineral value chain. The $300 million plant, run by Bikita Minerals, a subsidiary of China’s state-owned Sinomine, will produce 480,000 tonnes of petalite and 300,000 tonnes of spodumene concentrates annually. ...

Dar es Salaam and Shaanxi Now Sister Regions

China’s Shaanxi Province signed an agreement with Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam district to explore joint investment opportunities. The agreement further underlines a key trend in Africa-China relations: the growing role of Chinese provinces in driving Chinese trade and investment in Africa. Sister ...