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

Philippines Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo told a Senate hearing on June 25, 2024 that Manila is looking to start a dialogue with Beijing over recent confrontations in the South China Sea. ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP

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)

Sri Lanka said on Wednesday it clinched a restructuring deal with key bilateral lender China and other major bilateral creditors. The deal covers up to $10 billion in debt and marks a critical step towards recovery after the 2022 financial crash. (AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE)

Senior leaders from Türkiye and China’s ruling parties met for talks in Beijing on Wednesday for talks that focused on aligning the BRI with Ankara’s Middle Corridor Initiative. The CPC’s top diplomat Liu Jianchao and AK Party’s Efkan Ala also discussed boosting trade and tourism. (XINHUA)

The Philippines’ installation of an anti-ship missile base facing the South China Sea marks a “quantum leap” in its defenses and will give Beijing pause, observers say – even as Manila remains outmatched by China’s superior military might. (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST)

The Chinese Communist Party’s top diplomat, Liu Jianchao, visited Islamabad on Friday to deliver a blunt message that investor confidence is on the line unless Pakistan improves security. He even hinted that future Chinese support of CPEC may be in doubt unless the situation improves. (ARAB NEWS)

Chinese Foreign Minister met with his Nigerian counterpart Yusuf Maitama Tuggar on Friday in Beijing before the two co-chaired a new bilateral inter-governmental committee. One of the key takeaways from the session was a Chinese promise to buy more Nigerian agricultural products. (NAIRAMETRICS)

Chinese auto exports surged 24% in the first five months of the year to 2.45 million vehicles, mostly to countries in the Global South. Russia, Mexico, Brazil, and the UAE were all in the top five export destinations for Chinese cars, both internal combustion engines and new energy vehicles. Last year, China exported 5.2 million units, making it the world’s largest auto-exporting nation. (CAR NEWS CHINA)

A meeting between Hamas and Fatah, planned for late June in China has been delayed. Palestinian officials said on Monday that no new date has been set. Both movements are blaming the other for the breakdown, while the Chinese Foreign Ministry refused to comment. Meanwhile, a leaked UN report warned of a “catastrophic” famine in Gaza. (AL-MONITOR)

A Chinese tourist survived a deadly flood in Kenya by spending 12 hours in a tree. Liu Jiatu, a Chinese national who lives in Thailand, lost all her luggage and the tent she was staying in as torrential rain hit the famous Masai Mara resort. Her story has since made her a star on Chinese social media. (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST)

The Philippines military confirmed on Friday that four Chinese PLA Navy warships were spotted last week passing within 12 nautical miles of Philippines territory in the South China Sea. (RAPPLER)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will likely skip the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit amid ongoing tensions with China, the Indian media reports. Modi earlier said he would attend, but now External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar may attend in his place. (SWARAJYA)

Peruvian President Dina Boluarte kicked off a five-day visit to China on Tuesday in the southern city of Shenzhen.  The president took one of China’s high-speed trains to meet with corporate leaders from BYD and Huawei, among others. (CGTN)

China’s new ambassador to India, Xu Feihong, met with External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar for talks in New Delhi on Tuesday.  This is the highest level of engagement between the two countries in a very long time since relations have spiraled due to a bitter border dispute. No details of their discussion were not released. (@CHINA_AMB_INDIA)

Saudi Arabia’s Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman met with his Chinese counterpart Dong Jun on Tuesday in Beijing. The Saudi defense chief also met with Zhang Youxia, the vice-chairman of China’s powerful Central Military Commission. Details of their discussion were not released. (ARAB NEWS)

The Philippines did not consider invoking a mutual defense treaty with the United States after accusing China of disrupting a resupply mission in the disputed South China Sea, officials said on Friday. (REUTERS)

The Philippines is eyeing talks with China to discuss a violent clash last week between their sailors in the South China Sea, Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo said Tuesday. Manila hopes to convene the Philippines-China Bilateral Consultation Mechanism on the South China Sea in early July. (THE CHINA-GLOBAL SOUTH PROJECT)

The PLA Navy conducted drills in the South China Sea featuring landing ships amid tensions over disputed islands with the Philippines. (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST)

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