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WEEK IN REVIEW: South Africa introduced a 10% tariff on all imported solar panels, cells, and modules, most of which come from China.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Kazakstan and Tajikistan this week during a five-day tour that begins on Tuesday.  Xi will also attend a two-day leaders summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization that begins on Wednesday in Astana. (AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE)

Five Indian soldiers were killed on Saturday when a military tank they were traveling in sunk while crossing a river near the heavily fortified border with China in the Himalayas. Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh called it an “unfortunate accident.” (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The Indonesian government will impose 100% to 200% duties on low-cost imported goods that predominantly come from China. Trade Minister Zulkifli Hasan said the tariffs are intended to protect local producers from imported goods that have side-stepped paying taxes. (REUTERS)

The Chinese aircraft carrier Shandong was photographed by private satellite agencies near the Philippines island Luzon in the South China Sea in maneuvers widely seen as Beijing’s intent to send a message to Manila and Washington. (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST)

The U.S. should “stop conniving and supporting the Philippine provocations in the South China Sea,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning on Friday. (GLOBAL TIMES)

The Indian government issued a rare statement on the South China Sea crisis on Friday, subtly criticizing China. (ECONOMIC TIMES)

The Chinese mining company JCHX Mining is reportedly close to closing a deal to buy 80% of Zambia’s Lubambe copper mine. The sale price for the technically insolvent mine will be only $2: $1 for the mine and $1 to buy up the $857 million in debt held by the former owner, Australia’s EMR Capital. The deal would further strengthen Chinese companies’ dominant position in Africa’s critical minerals sector. (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST)

Both India and Türkiye are eyeing tariffs on Chinese-made steel. Turkish authorities opened an anti-dumping investigation against cold-rolled steel products from China and Indonesia, while India’s Trade and Steel ministries are spearheading a similar probe. This follows India’s recent shift to a net steel importer. Indian authorities are also targeting glass fiber products from China. (STEELNEWS)

Malaysian authorities are opening an investigation after two Chinese tourists were killed when a tour bus was overturned in Malaysia’s Pahang state. The bus driver, which carried a tour group of 21 people, reportedly didn’t have a driver’s license. (VN EXPRESS)

A Chinese vessel and a Philippine supply ship collided near the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Monday, China’s coast guard said, in the latest flare-up of escalating territorial disputes that have sparked alarm. (AP)

The foreign and defense ministers from Japan and the Philippines will meet in Manila next week for talks, including possible negotiations on a defense pact that would allow their militaries reciprocal access to the other nation. (THE DIPLOMAT)

The Philippines has welcomed Vietnam’s recognition of Manila’s U.N. filing to secure its rights on an extended continental shelf in the South China Sea, its foreign ministry said, adding it was ready to hold talks with Hanoi to resolve any issues.  (REUTERS)

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with his Kazakhstan counterpart Kassym-Jomart Tokayev for bilateral talks before the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit, which begins on Wednesday. Infrastructure and boosting the two countries’ $41 billion two-way trade relationship were high on the agenda. (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST)

South Africa introduced a 10% tariff on all imported solar panels, cells, and modules, most of which come from China. The move intends to counteract a flood of low-cost imports that have hurt local solar manufacturers. South Africa joins a growing list of Global South countries limiting imports of Chinese-made goods. (NEWS24)

The U.S. government-chartered an airplane to repatriate 116 Chinese illegal immigrants, many of whom crossed the southern border with Mexico. The deportation comes just weeks after Ecuador suspended visa-free travel for Chinese citizens to Ecuador due to surging Chinese illegal migration to the U.S. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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