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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.

India, China Border Talks End With a Positive Vibe But No Substantive Outcomes

Indian and Chinese military commanders wrapped up their 21st round of talks aimed at resolving escalating tensions along their disputed 3,200-kilometer border. The corps commander-level talks were held this week at the Chusual-Moldo meeting point in a region known as the Line of ...

Indian Military to Open New Facilities at Sea and in the Mountains to Counter China

The Indian military announced it will build a new naval facility in the Indian Ocean and restructure part of its deployment near the Himalayas near the border with China, both with an eye to counter Beijing's increased assertiveness in those theaters. The ...

China Seeks Global South Support for New Governance System as Beijing Undermines Current Rules Based Order, Says U.S. Official

China is freeloading off the current rules-based international order while at the same time undermining the system to suit its agenda to implement an alternate global governance architecture, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday. Daniel Kritenbrink, Washington's top diplomat for ...

Scholars, Analysts Meet in Washington to Discuss China’s Influence in the Global South

Scholars and analysts from around the world gathered at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of The Atlantic Council think tank on Wednesday for a two-day conference focused on evaluating China's growing influence in Asia, Africa, the Americas and other developing regions. The ...

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 ...