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China Cuts Off Vital Lifeline to Argentina, Recalls Ambassador

The younger generation loves to say — with saltier wording — “You mess around and find out.” Argentina’s new president, Javier Milei — who while campaigning used fierce anti-China rhetoric — has apparently messed around and found out.

Australia Refuses to Send Ships to Red Sea

The Australian government has reportedly indicated that it won’t send ships to join the U.S.-led Operation Prosperity Guardian in the Red Sea. The operation is aimed at containing attacks from Yemeni Houthi militias on commercial shipping and to keep sea lanes open. Defence ...

China Hawks in the U.S. Back Albanese’s Decision to Concentrate Force Deployments in Asia

Australia’s decision not to contribute a warship to the U.S.-led patrolling of Red Sea shipping lanes is playing into U.S. political divisions in the run-up to next year’s election. Reaction from the Biden Administration has so far been muted. The Australian ...

Chinese Experts on Red Sea: Not Our Problem

Chinese exporters’ profit margins are suffering as container shipping companies reroute their ships away from the Red Sea. The move to escape strikes by Houthi militias against ships headed for Israel will add to shipping time and costs, driving up shipping quotes for next year.

UN Security Council Vote on Gaza Postponed

The UN Security Council pushed back voting on a resolution calling for a pause in violence in Gaza. The delay comes amid fears of another U.S. veto, even though “cease-fire” doesn’t appear in the UAE-sponsored wording of the proposed resolution.

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 ...

Don’t Overestimate China’s Influence in the Middle East: Researcher

China’s complex position as a rising diplomatic power and a major oil buyer in the Middle East raises questions about its position as realities in the region shift rapidly. This discussion has both overstated China’s ambitions as wanting to replace the U.S. ...