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How Much of China’s Foreign Policy is About the U.S.?

By Lukas Fiala Over the past week, two conversations with some of our American counterparts reminded me of a perennial question in the China space: How much of China’s foreign policy — broadly conceived — is about the U.S.? At first ...

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 ...

Island Fever? Taiwan’s General Elections as an Opportunity for the Global South to Revisit Its Relations With China

By Felix Brender 王哲謙 The mood in Taiwan’s capital Taipei is as somber as it tends to be mere days before the elections. As usual in the runup to the elections, the PRC has increased its posturing, as part of the wider ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Chinese Mining Giant CMOC Surpassed Swiss Rival Glencore to Become Largest Cobalt Producer in DRC

Chinese mining giant CMOC surpassed its Swiss rival Glencore to become the largest cobalt producer in the DR Congo. The Chinese company boosted production from its Congolese mines in 2023 by 170%. The production surge helped to depress cobalt prices that slumped 30% last year: (BLOOMBERG) ...

Q&A: How Will Tshisekedi’s Re-Election Impact Chinese Mining Interests in the DR Congo?

The incumbent Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi won a landslide re-election at the end of last year that was validated this week by the country's Constitutional Court despite accusations of voting irregularities by both opposition parties and foreign election observers. Also this ...

China-Africa Relations in 2024: Insights From Six Experts

China's engagement in Africa is at a critical inflection point where many of the various stakeholders in this important relationship are re-evaluating what they want from the other. In this special episode, we speak with ...