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Saudi Arabia, Iran Reaffirm Support of Chinese-Brokered Détente, Call for Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza

Senior diplomats from Saudi Arabia and Iran returned to Beijing for the first time since the two countries re-established diplomatic ties this year as part of a Chinese-brokered deal unveiled in March. Saudi Deputy Foreign Minister Waleed Elkhereiji and Iranian Deputy ...

China’s Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Stops in Eritrea During Regional Tour

Xue Bing, China's special envoy for the Horn of Africa, traveled to Eritrea on Friday for talks with President Isaias Afwerki. The Chinese envoy arrived in Asmara just after visiting Eritrea's rival Ethiopia, but there's no indication from the readout of Xue's ...

Japan, China Both Court ASEAN Countries as Part of Burgeoning Battle for Influence in Southeast Asia

Both Japan and China held a series of events with senior leaders from the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in recent days as part of a ramped-up effort to increase their respective influence in Southeast Asia.

Marcos Calls for Closer Security Ties with Japan and the U.S. to Counter China in South China Sea

Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. acknowledged this weekend that ties with China are deteriorating over the constant confrontations between the two countries in the South China Sea. Marcos said “the South China Sea situation is the most complex geopolitical challenge that the ...

The Chinese Media Narrative About the South China Sea: It’s Everyone Else’s Fault

The emerging Chinese media narrative about the escalating confrontation with the Philippines over territorial disputes in the South China Sea largely blames the United States and other outside "trouble-makers" for manipulating the Philippines to serve as their proxy in this conflict.

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China Intensifies SE Asian Diplomacy Amid U.S.-Philippine Exercises

Tensions are high in the South China Sea as the Philippines kicks off its annual Balikatan joint military exercises with the United States. The opening ceremony of the three-week, 17,000-troop operation took place on Tuesday, aimed at “highlighting ironclad alliance” between Washington and Manila, according to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. The exercises will also include France and Australia.
In response, China is signaling its own regional relationships. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi ...

Kenya’s Rapidly Devaluing Currency Pushes Up Debt Servicing Costs, Particularly to China

The cost to repay Kenya's dollar-denominated loans is getting more expensive, literally by the day. The National Treasury reported that the plunging value of the shilling since the beginning of the year has increased the cost to service dollar-denominated loans by ...

Report: African Governments Must Do More to Work Together and Enact Radical Transparency to Better Manage Chinese Debt

China is not the largest creditor to African governments but it is certainly one of the most important, particularly because Chinese loans are far more opaque than those from other lenders. Now, in the midst of a burgeoning debt crisis in ...

U.S. Becoming Increasingly Worried About Chinese EV Car Brands Setting Up Factories Across the Border in Mexico

The United States government is becoming nervous about the prospect of Chinese automakers building new factories in Mexico that would afford those new vehicles duty-free access into the U.S. market. MG, BYD and Chery are reportedly all in talks to build ...