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China Reaffirms ‘Deeply Rooted’ Ties With Pakistan Following Terror Attack

The Chinese government mounted a coordinated response on Wednesday to this week's terror attack in northwest Pakistan that killed five Chinese nationals and a local driver. Within hours of Tuesday's attack, Ambassador Jiang Zaidong flew to the Dasu hydropower project construction site to ...

Pakistan Steps up Security for Chinese Workers After Bombing

By Shrouq TARIQ Pakistan ramped up security guarding Chinese engineers building Beijing-linked projects in the nation's northwest, an official said Wednesday, a day after five workers were killed in a suicide bombing. Beijing is Islamabad's ...

Only a Heavily Militarized Border With China Will Keep the Peace, Says India’s External Affairs Minister

Chinese and Indian diplomats met in Beijing on Wednesday for the 29th round of talks aimed at defusing tensions along their disputed boundary in the Himalayas. The only takeaway from this meeting is that the two sides are actually talking ...

U.S. Defense Secretary Reassures Philippines Counterpart the Alliance Is ‘Ironclad’

U.S. Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, provided fresh assurances to his Filipino counterpart Gilberto Teodoro Jr. that Washington stands ready to support Manila should tensions escalate with Beijing over territorial disputes in the South China Sea. The two defense chiefs ...

Chinese Megaprojects in Southeast Asia Face Implementation Shortfall: Report

While China remains Southeast Asia’s largest infrastructure provider, major gaps are emerging between pledges and actual delivery, according to a new report by Australia’s Lowy Institute. The report found a $52 billion difference between planned and implemented projects, “with more than ...

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 ...

Leaders from Recipient Countries Weigh In on BRI: Report

The future of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is preoccupying China watchers around the world. However, the debate frequently leaves out the most important stakeholders: leaders from recipient countries. A new report from AidData polled leaders and senior officials from ...

Tang Xiaoyang on Why the U.S., Not China is to Blame for Africa’s Debt Problems

While many in the West still contend Africa's worsening debt crisis is largely due to excessive Chinese lending, Tsinghua University Professor Tang Xiaoyang argues that accusation just isn't true.  Instead, the well-known China-Africa scholar contends ...

China is Buying More Agricultural Products From Africa, But There Is Still a Lot of Room For Growth

Chinese consumers can now buy Kenyan coffee, tea, and avocados — all shipped tariff-free. The latest data show that China is buying more agricultural products from Africa, but for all the Kenyan farm produce heading east, Chinese garlic and fish are also increasingly heading in the opposite ...