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China Warns Philippines Not to “Play With Fire” In Response to Marcos’ Remarks Over Taiwan

China summoned the Philippines ambassador to Beijing to issue a forceful protest against a congratulatory post on X by President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. to Taiwan's newly-elected leader, Lai Ching-te. Marcos posted on X: "On behalf of the Filipino people, I ...

China Will Not Tolerate The Philippines Building on Disputed Islands in the South China Sea, Says Spokesperson

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning made it clear on Tuesday that Beijing will actively oppose any effort by the Philippines to upgrade any of its outposts on disputed islands in the South China Sea. Philippine military chief General Romeo Brawner ...

“Strong Indication” Safety Violation Led to Massive Fire at Chinese-Owned Nickel Factory, Says Indonesia

Indonesian authorities suggested that safety violations and negligence may be responsible for a fire at a Chinese-owned nickel smelter last month that killed 21 workers. The massive blaze erupted at a furnace in a smelter operated by Tsingshan Stainless Steel Indonesia, ...

Nearly a Third of All Brazilian Exports Went to China Last Year

Foreign Minister Wang Yi will arrive in Brazil next week at a time when China's trade with the South American country is booming.  New data reveals that Chinese demand for Brazilian oil, food, and other commodities has surged over the past two ...

Guarding West Africa’s Forests: Exploring Ways to Put an End to Illegal Chinese Timber Trade

Together, the United States and China import $40 billion worth of timber products each year, quite a bit of which is harvested illegally from West Africa's rapidly shrinking forests. But cracking down on this illicit trade is extremely difficult given that ...

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 ...

Sino-Turkish Competition and Cooperation in the EV Sector

By Ahmet Faruk Işık and Leonardo Bruni Türkiye’s foray into the electric vehicle (EV) industry, especially with the establishment of national electric car manufacturer Togg, has given rise to both collaboration and contrast with China. ...