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Singapore FM Warns of ‘Bleak’ Future if Conflict Erupts in South China Sea

Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan issued a sober warning in Manila Tuesday about the devastating consequences that a war in the South China Sea between the Philippines and China would have on Southeast Asia and across Asia. “The moment you have ...

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Shifts Beijing’s Diplomatic Focus From Mideast Back to Asia-Pacific

After dedicating much of the first part of the week to the escalating crisis in the Middle East following Iran's missile strike against Israel, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is now shifting his attention back to the Asia-Pacific region with a three-nation, six-day tour. ...

Fearful of Further Roiling Ties With China, Biden Expected to Resist Congressional Pressure to Crack Down on Iranian Oil

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation this week that aims to limit China's purchases of Iranian oil to sanction Tehran for last weekend's missile attack against Israel. The Iran-China Energy Sanctions Act of 2023 calls for secondary sanctions against Iran ...

China Imported a Record Amount of Oil Last Year

China broke its all-time record for oil imports last year, averaging 11.3 million barrels a day — 10% more than in 2022, according to new Chinese Customs data. Almost 20% of that volume came from Russia alone, which displaced Saudi Arabia ...

China +1: Apple CEO Meets Indonesia Leader to Talk Investments

Apple chief executive Tim Cook met Indonesia's president on Wednesday, as the tech giant explores ways to invest in Southeast Asia's biggest economy and diversify supply chains away from China. The visit comes as US President Joe Biden's administration seeks to ...

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Letter From DC: Is Africa Holding Itself Back?

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Whoo boy…We picked a doozy of a week to be in town. The overlapping reverberations from leadership fights within the Democratic Party, the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, and the announcement of JD Vance as his vice-presidential candidate are understandably focusing attention inwards.

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Cheap Chinese Steel Threatens Jobs in Latin America

By Paulina Abramovich Latin American metal workers are clamoring for higher import tariffs as cheap Chinese steel floods the region, threatening hundreds of thousands of jobs linked to the industry. Last year, the region imported ...

Solomon Islands Voters Go to Polls With China’s Influence in Focus

Solomon Islanders began voting Wednesday in an election that could reshape regional security, with citizens effectively choosing if their Pacific nation will deepen ties with China. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has pledged to further bolster relations with Beijing if he is ...