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China Removed Barrier Blocking Entrance to Contested Shoal in South China Sea, Says Philippine Coast Guard

The China Coast Guard removed a controversial barrier that blocked the entrance to the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. The barrier was reportedly placed there sometime in late December, and according to Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) satellite images, the ...

China Accuses U.S. and Philippines of “Stirring Up Trouble” Following Joint Air Patrols Over South China Sea

Three Philippine Air Force (PAF) fighter jets conducted joint exercises with a U.S. B-52 bomber over the South China Sea on Monday in the latest demonstration of the defense allies' bid to confront Chinese territorial claims in the region. The ...

China’s Ambassador to Indonesia Pays House Call to Congratulate Prabowo Subianto on Likely Presidential Win

Indonesian election authorities are still counting ballots, but all indications point to Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto securing a decisive victory to become the country's next president. In anticipation of Prabowo's expected win, China's ambassador to Jakarta, Lu Kang, made a house ...

Q&A: How Cambodia’s Chinese-backed Funan Techo Canal Risks Destabilizing the Lower Mekong Delta

In May 2023, the former prime minister of Cambodia – Hun Sen – led a cabinet meeting that gave the green light to the “Funan Techo Canal”, the first waterway system in Cambodia, which will connect Phnom Penh Autonomous Port to Kep Province of Cambodia.

China is Taking Advantage of Rock Bottom Cobalt Prices to Stockpile Huge Quantities of the Blue Metal

The Chinese government is leveraging a 40% plunge in the price of cobalt to further bolster its national strategic reserve of the blue metal used in advanced electronics and electric vehicle batteries. UK-based cobalt trading house Darton Commodities recorded a massive ...

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 ...

Fujianese Rap With a South African House Beat Combine in Vinida Weng’s New Song WAIYA!

Chinese rapper Vinida Weng is generating a lot of buzz among South African music fans for her new track WAIYA!, which incorporates beats inspired by amapiano -- a South African subgenre of house music that emerged in the 2010s. "I ...

The Global South is Entering a New Era Led by China, Not the West: Chinese Scholar

The decline of the U.S. and the West is a foregone conclusion, as is the rise of the Global South, led by China, and these trends are going to take precipitous strides this year. This view is outlined in a new paper by a Chinese academic and ...