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China Seeks to Boost Shanghai Bloc to Counter the West

By Matthew Walsh China is seeking to strengthen its leadership of an expanding bloc of nations it sees as a potential counterweight to the world order led by the United States. Leaders of the Shanghai ...

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 ...

China Building More Wind, Solar Capacity Than Rest of World Combined: Report

By Matthew Walsh China is building almost twice as much wind and solar energy capacity as every other country combined, research published Thursday showed. The world's second-largest economy is the biggest emitter of the greenhouse ...

Myanmar Ethnic Armed Group Claims Control of Town on Key Highway to China

Myanmar ethnic minority fighters said Wednesday they had seized a town along a key trade highway to China following days of clashes, in another blow to the military. Northern Shan state has been rocked by fighting since late last month when ...

Chinese-Built Dam Offers Hope in Kenya

The building of the Thwake multipurpose dam began in 2018 and has nurtured hopes that food security will be achieved in the village.

The dam is designed to provide water for drinking, irrigation and 20 megawatts of hydropower. Despite delays, it looks likely to be completed this year, according to an engineer involved in the project.