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China, Philippines Protest Each Other’s Actions in the South China Sea, Relations Now ‘at a Crossroads’

The Chinese and Philippines governments each lodged official protests with one another over last Saturday's confrontation in the South China Sea when China Coast Guard vessels used high-powered water canons against a small Filipino boat conducting a resupply mission. On Monday, 

China Claps Back at U.S., EU Support for the Philippines Over South China Sea Confrontations

The Chinese Foreign Ministry fired back at critics in the U.S. and the European Union after both expressed support for the Philippines following last Saturday's confrontation with the China Coast Guard in the South China Sea. Spokesperson Lin Jian on Monday ...

Terrifying Video of the Moment Chinese Water Canons Hit the Philippines Resupply Ship

The Filipino news network GMA acquired exclusive cell phone video shot aboard the Uniazah May 4, a Philippines civilian resupply boat, that shows the moment when China Coast Guard water canons blasted the much smaller vessel. Several crew members aboard the Filipino ...

Japan Among the Lone Voices in Asia to Speak Out About the Escalating Crisis in the South China Sea

Japan is one of the few Asian governments to issue a public statement of concern about the recent confrontations between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo published a five-point statement ...

China, Paraguay Trade Barbs Over Soy Trade

The Chinese government refuted claims by Paraguayan President Santiago Peña that even though the South American country maintains diplomatic ties with Taiwan, it will nonetheless continue to sell soybeans to China. "Contrary to what President Peña said, China has imported zero soy ...

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 ...

China Gives Honduras a $275 Million Present on the First Anniversary of Diplomatic Ties

China and Honduras marked the one-year anniversary of the Central American country switching its diplomatic allegiance from Taiwan to China. Chinese Ambassador Yu Bo and Honduran Foreign Minister Eduardo Enrique Reina held a ceremony on Sunday at the Chinese embassy to commemorate the ...

Chinese EV Brands Want to Dominate Global South Auto Markets

Enthusiasm for electric vehicles is waning in both the U.S. and China, but that is definitely not the case in other parts of the world where EV adoption rates are steadily rising. In fact, at the Bangkok Motor Show this week, ...

Nigeria’s Debt to China Edges Higher

Nigeria's debt obligations to China increased by almost half a billion dollars in the second half of last year to $5.16 billion, according to new data released by the Nigerian Debt Management Office (DMO). While China is by far Nigeria's largest bilateral ...

Three Chinese Warships Make a Port of Call in Tanzania

A trio of PLA Navy warships arrived in Tanzania over the weekend for a five-day port of call. The ships are part of the 45th Naval Taskforce, which takes part in multinational anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia.

China’s Potential as a Reliable Partner for Coal Plant Phase-Down in Africa

By Niccolò Manych and Tsitsi Musasike The future of the electricity system lies in renewables, both globally and in Africa. Although a green energy transition has multiple benefits for African nations, many continue to ...