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If Trump Wins, What Happens to the Philippines?

Ever since Donald Trump Donald Trump told a campaign rally over the weekend that if re-elected, he would encourage Russia to "do whatever the hell they want" to European countries that failed to meet NATO's spending targets, I started to wonder what he would say about the ...

Chinese, Philippine Coast Guards Trade Barbs Over Who Is to Blame for Latest South China Sea Confrontation

Chinese and Philippines officials are furiously trying to shape the narrative over a confrontation between their Coast Guards that took place last week near the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. This latest incident occurred on Friday when a Philippine ...

Manila-Based Chinese Journalist Explains What’s Propelling the Feud With the Philippines

China's English-language media framing of the South China Sea confrontation with the Philippines is often very reductive and relies on old tropes that Manila is only confronting China as part of some kind of U.S. conspiracy. The Philippines, in the view ...

India Will be “Significantly Ahead” of China in Key Technologies, Says IT Minister

With Apple and other global technology companies moving some of their production out of China to other countries in Asia, there's a growing interest in whether a country like India, for example, is well positioned to rival China's dominance in tech manufacturing one day. ...

The BRI Is Back on in Nepal With Funding for Hydropower Plant

Approval of a loan to support a Chinese hydropower project could signify a breakthrough in the so far stillborn development of the BRI in Nepal. A provincial Chinese energy SOE, Sichuan Chuantou Energy, secured a $182.50 million loan from the Export-Import ...

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 ...

Ghanaian Police Search for Attackers of Chinese-Owned Mine

A large manhunt is underway in central Ghana for at least 15 assailants who robbed a Chinese-owned mine on Friday night in the rural farming town of Akyem Kokoaso. At least five Chinese miners were shot during the assault, with three left ...

Chinese Demand for Kenyan Avocados Surged in 2023

Kenyan avocado exports to China jumped tenfold last year from 443 tons to 4,324 tons. But even with this booming demand from China, the European Union remains Kenya's largest export market for avocados. (BUSINESS DAILY)

India Holds Sway Over the Maldives for Now but Not Forever, Says Scholar

The Maldives will remain under the political influence of India for the time being, but eventually, it will fall under the sway of China, according to Chinese scholar Zhu Fangfang, director of the Dhivehi Language Program at Beijing Foreign Studies University. ...