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IMF Introduces New Rules to Speed Up Debt Restructurings and Blunt Chinese Delays

The International Monetary Fund approved a new set of rules to speed up the debt restructuring process in developing countries and reduce delays in negotiating settlements with bilateral creditors that have been widely blamed on China. The new rules specifically focus on ...

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 ...

Philippines Defense Chief Accuses China of Insulting President Marcos and Using “Gutter Level Talk”

The increasingly frayed relationship between China and the Philippines worsened considerably on Wednesday when Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro lashed out at the Chinese Foreign Ministry's spokesperson Mao Ning for "insulting" President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. and stopping to "gutter level talk." This ...

Chinese, Indian Forces Clashed Twice in 2022 in Previously Unreported Skirmishes Along Disputed Border

Indian and Chinese military forces along the two countries' disputed border in the Himalayas engaged in two previously unreported clashes back in 2022, even as both sides were engaged in talks at diffusing border tensions, according to the Indian military.

Ghana Announces Debt Deal

Ghana announced a deal with its official creditors that would push back loan repayments until 2026. The government also says it will strike a deal with Eurobond investors for a new deal on $13 billion of private sector debt. Speaking at ...

Chinese Foreign Minister in Togo and Côte d’Ivoire

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi concluded his African tour in Togo and Côte d’Ivoire this week after touching down in Egypt and Tunisia during the trip’s first phase. The official press coverage revealed few specifics about his talks with Togolese and Ivorian leaders. ...

Chinese Nickel Plants Driving Pollution, Land Grabs in Indonesia: Report

A massive Chinese nickel mining and refining complex in the Indonesian region of North Maluku is causing massive environmental and human rights abuses, according to a new report from Climate Rights International. “Nickel Unearthed: The Human and Climate Costs of ...

Deadly Fire at Chinese-Owned Nickel Smelter in Indonesia Reveals Stubborn Pattern of Workers’ Safety’s Neglect

Photography by Mas Agung Wilis Yudha Baskoro & Muhammad Fadli I first saw the news of the big fire on Instagram. It was Christmas Eve, when social media was full of pictures of families getting together, tucked safely in the warmth ...

Taiwan Under Lai Ching-Te Faces Uphill Battle in Advancing Southeast Asia Ties, Diverting From China

Taiwan elected Vice President Lai Ching-te of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as its next president on January 13th, giving the ruling DPP a historic third win in a row as the self-ruled island continues to engage with neighboring Southeast Asia and beyond to reduce its economic ...