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China’s Contradictory Position At COP28

Keeping track of China’s role at the COP28 climate gathering has been an exercise in sitting with contradiction. On the one hand, China’s the worst! A study released this week showed that Chinese and Indian emissions pushed dangerous heat-trapping emissions 1.1% higher ...

PLA Navy Closes Part of the South China Sea for Live-Fire Exercises

The Chinese Navy blocked off a large swathe of the South China Sea on Tuesday for two days of live fire exercises, according to a statement by the Maritime Safety Administration (MSA). Neither the MSA nor the PLA Navy provided details as ...

PLA Navy Warships Make First Port of Call in Cambodia’s New Chinese-Built Port

A small flotilla of Chinese warships that includes a destroyer, a frigate and a supply vessel docked at Cambodia's newly upgraded Ream naval base on Tuesday in the southwestern province of Sihanoukville. Defense Minister Tea Seiha said the PLA Navy warships came ...

Ford’s Nickel Deal With Huayou Cobalt Exposes the Limits of U.S. Influence to Counter China

The Ford Motor Company is moving forward with a massive $3.8 billion three-way nickel deal with Brazilian miner Vale and Chinese mining giant Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt. Nickel is one of the key metals used to manufacture electric vehicle batteries, that companies ...

Fentanyl, Trade and Relief Supplies Top Mexican Foreign Secretary’s First Official Visit to China

Mexico's Foreign Secretary Alicia Bárcena Ibarra met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday in Beijing, her first official visit to the Chinese capital. The trip was framed as a follow-up from last month's meeting between their two presidents, Andrés ...

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 ...

Chinese Media Reaction to Aisha Huang’s Sentencing Focuses on the Lack of Effective Governance in Ghana

Online media reaction to this week's sentencing of Chinese national Aisha Huang, aka "The Galamsey Queen," by the High Court in Ghana to four and a half years in prison for running a vast illegal mining operation was predictably subdued. Generally speaking, ...