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WEEK IN REVIEW: Philippines Eyes China Talks After Violent Sea Clash

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Vietnamese Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính in Beijing on Wednesday for talks that focused on infrastructure development. The Prime Minister is looking for more Chinese support to bolster Vietnam's rail and energy sectors. (VN EXPRESS)

Philippines, Japan to Hold Security Talks Next Month

Japan and the Philippines are to hold high-level defence and security talks next month, the foreign department said Friday, as the two countries seek to boost ties in the face of China's growing regional pressure. Japan's Defence Minister Minoru Kihara and ...

Western Tariffs a ‘Challenge’ for China’s Battery Giant CATL

By Agatha Cantrill An executive from China's battery giant CATL said on Thursday that Western tariffs tied to electric vehicles present a "challenge" for the firm and are bad for customers as well. Citing unfair ...

U.S. Tells China That Philippines Support ‘Ironclad’

A top US official on Thursday told a Chinese counterpart that Washington's defense commitments to the Philippines were "ironclad" after a violent clash in the South China Sea. Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell "raised serious concerns" about Chinese actions in ...

Sri Lanka’s Creditors Demand Deal Details, Including With China

Sri Lanka's bilateral lenders, who agreed to restructure close to $6 billion in loans, have demanded "comparability of treatment" with other creditors, including China. A statement seen by AFP on Thursday read that the Official Creditor Committee (OCC), led by Japan, ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

All-Weather Friends? South Africa, BRICS, and the Year of Elections

By Chris Alden What happens when a card-carrying BRICS member has an election and changes government? Do changes in domestic politics produce changes in policy towards BRICS? South Africa’s recent election in which the leading internationalist party – the governing African ...