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Chinese Communist Party’s Top Diplomat Pays ‘Courtesy Call’ to Malaysian PM

The Chinese Communist Party's most senior diplomat, Liu Jianchao, met with Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim on Friday and confirmed that Chinese PM Li Qiang will visit Kuala Lumpur at the end of the year. Liu, who is widely believed to be ...

U.S., Japan to Conduct Joint Naval Patrols With the Philippines in the South China Sea

Tensions in the South China Sea are poised to increase significantly when the U.S. and Japanese navies join the Philippines for joint patrols in contested waters that China also claims. News of the proposed joint naval maneuvers was leaked to ...

Indonesia’s President-Elect Arrives in China for Highly Unusual Visit

Indonesian President-elect Prabowo Subianto arrived in Beijing on Sunday for what many observers describe as a highly unusual visit that will include a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. It is extremely rare for a foreign leader who has not even been sworn ...

Fresh Off His Visit to Washington, Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Heads Straight to Beijing

Vietnamese Foreign Minister Bùi Thanh Sơn will be in Beijing on Wednesday and Thursday this week for talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. The trip comes just one week after Sơn was in Washington, where he met with U.S. Secretary of State ...

Pakistan Official Says China Halted Work on Two Projects After Deadly Attack

By Lehaz Ali Chinese contractors have halted construction on two major dam projects in Pakistan after a suicide bomber killed five Chinese engineers and a Pakistani driver this week, a provincial official told AFP on Friday.

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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 ...

Chinese Analysts Speculate About Who Was Behind Last Week’s Terrorist Attack in Pakistan and What Was the Motivation

There's been quite a bit of news coverage in China about last week's terrorist attack in Pakistan that killed five Chinese nationals and their local driver on a remote road in the northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Most of those stories, though, ...