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Concern Over China’s Growing Naval Presence Dominates Australian Indian Ocean Gathering

The foreign ministers from Australia and India both issued veiled critiques of China's military build-up in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) at a conference hosted by both countries in the western Australian city of Perth on Friday. The gathering brought together ...

Chinese Analysts Express Unease Over New Delhi’s Naval Surge in the Arabian Sea

The Indian Navy has deployed an unprecedented number of warships to the Arabian Sea to join the multinational effort protecting civilian vessels coming under attack from Houthi militants based in Yemen. Although India is not a formal member of the U.S.-led ...

China Freeloading in the Red Sea Crisis: U.S. and UK Analysts

There is mounting criticism in the United States and Britain over China's apparent unwillingness to participate in multinational efforts to confront Iranian-backed Houthi militants in Yemen over pirate attacks that have brought commercial maritime traffic in the Red Sea to a near-standstill.

Insiders Expect Container Shortage at Chinese Ports Amid Red Sea Crisis

After the Red Sea crisis forced ships to extend their routes around the Cape of Good Hope, industry insiders have expressed their concerns about a possible empty container shortage at Chinese ports after the Chinese New Year holiday. “Equipment shortages are ...

Chinese, U.S. Weapons Manufacturers Battled It out for Attention at Saudi Defense Show

Chinese weapons companies made a big impression, literally, at last week's World Defense Show held outside of the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh where they took up more floor space than any other country. In all, 36 Chinese companies exhibited a full range ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...

China Fumes Over Messi, Cancels Argentina Friendly With Ivory Coast

Chinese authorities in the eastern city of Hangzhou are so upset with soccer superstar Lionel Messi that they've decided to cancel a match of his scheduled for next month. This follows the Argentinian forward's refusal to play during an exhibition match in Hong Kong last week, purportedly ...