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Zambia’s Finance Minister Acknowledged His Country Borrowed Too Much From China

Zambian Finance Minister Situmbeko Musokotwane said the quiet part out loud when he acknowledged that previous administrations borrowed too much money from China. “The level of debt that Zambia acquired from China was way, way too high,” he told the Wall ...

The Long Arm of Chinese Law Enforcement in Southeast Asia

Two China Eastern planes chartered by the Ministry of Public Security arrived in Wuhan from Cambodia on Sunday carrying the last batch of 680 telecom fraud suspects apprehended in a joint Sino-Cambodian police operation earlier this month. Soon after they disembarked, ...

Massive U.S.-Philippine Joint Military Exercises Get Underway With the Goal of Sending a Clear Message to China

Nearly 17,000 soldiers from four countries are mobilizing in the Philippines as part of unprecedented joint military exercises that are bound to further strain tensions with Beijing over territorial disputes in the South China Sea. The annual “Balikatan" exercises, named after the ...

‘China Is the Winner’ in Maldives Election

A landslide parliamentary election victory for the Maldives' pro-China president clears the way for him to redraw the physical and geopolitical map of his strategically-located Indian Ocean archipelago in Beijing's favor, diplomats and analysts say. President Mohamed Muizzu's party, the People's ...

All Hands-on Deck Needed for Development Finance—including China

By Tim Hirschel-Burns Many people in the development finance community migrated up the United States' eastern seaboard over the weekend. Last week, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group Spring Meetings took place in Washington D.C., while this week ...

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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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Philippines, U.S. Launch Annual Joint Military Drills

By Pam CASTRO Thousands of Filipino and American troops kicked off joint military exercises in the Philippines on Monday, as Beijing's growing assertiveness in the region raises fears of a conflict. The annual drills—dubbed Balikatan, ...

Pro-China Solomons PM Fails To Secure Outright Majority

The incumbent prime minister of Solomon Islands was set to fall short of an outright election majority Monday, forcing the pro-Beijing Pacific leader to woo an unwieldy mix of potential coalition partners. According to provisional results reported by the public broadcaster, ...

Landslide Win for Pro-China Leader’s Party in Maldives Vote

By Mohamed Visham Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu's party won control of parliament in a Sunday election landslide, results showed, with voters backing his tilt towards China and away from regional powerhouse and traditional benefactor India. ...