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Hints Emerge China Will Not Replace Wang Yi as Foreign Minister

It does not appear that China plans to replace its foreign minister, Wang Yi, as was widely speculated in the run-up to the annual legislative gathering known as the Two Sessions that started on Monday. Normally, when ministerial appointments are to be ...

Starkly Divergent Views on China Emerge at ASEAN-Australian Summit

Southeast Asian leaders gathering in Melbourne this week for the Australia-ASEAN summit expressed very different assessments of the threat by China to stability in the Asia-Pacific region. Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. sounded the alarm again during a speech on Monday ...

Philippine Coast Guard Says Ship Damaged in Collision With Chinese Vessel

The Philippine Coast Guard said one of its ships was damaged Tuesday in a collision with a China Coast Guard vessel during a resupply mission to Filipino troops on a remote outpost in the South China Sea. It is the latest ...

Smartphone Sales Rebounded Last Year in Mideast and African Countries, Led by Chinese Brands

Smartphone sales in the Mideast and Africa rose sharply last year, led by Tecno, a subsidiary of Shenzhen-based Transsion Holdings, which surpassed Samsung in market share for the first time.  Overall, sales in the region increased by 30% in Q4 2023 ...

Surveying the Geopolitical Landscape in SE Asia With ASEAN Wonk Prashanth Parameswaran

The escalating tensions between China, the Philippines, and the United States in the South China Sea highlight how Southeast Asia is now the most dangerous frontline in the burgeoning Great Power competition between Beijing and Washington.

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Zimbabwe Agreement Could Signal China’s Return to African Rail

TransTech, a subsidiary of China Railway Group, reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) that could lead to a recapitalization of the country’s railway network.
Bloomberg reports that the agreement is currently limited to studying the project and producing a feasibility report by the end of June. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said: “It is our expectation that in the upcoming Forum for China and Africa taking place ...

Making Sense of Competing Narratives on Debt and Climate Change

By Tim Hirschel-Burns If you are a casual observer trying to keep up with the news on sovereign debt right now, you have every right to be confused by last month’s stories. According to Bloomberg, ...