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China +1: Apple CEO Meets Indonesia Leader to Talk Investments

Apple chief executive Tim Cook met Indonesia's president on Wednesday, as the tech giant explores ways to invest in Southeast Asia's biggest economy and diversify supply chains away from China. The visit comes as US President Joe Biden's administration seeks to ...

Cheap Chinese Steel Threatens Jobs in Latin America

By Paulina Abramovich Latin American metal workers are clamoring for higher import tariffs as cheap Chinese steel floods the region, threatening hundreds of thousands of jobs linked to the industry. Last year, the region imported ...

Solomon Islands Voters Go to Polls With China’s Influence in Focus

Solomon Islanders began voting Wednesday in an election that could reshape regional security, with citizens effectively choosing if their Pacific nation will deepen ties with China. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has pledged to further bolster relations with Beijing if he is ...

Chinatown Fearful Ahead of Solomon Islands’ Crunch Vote

By Steven Trask Merchants in Solomon Islands' gritty Chinatown were preparing Tuesday for the prospect of post-election violence, fearful the district will again be targeted if the Pacific nation re-elects a pro-Beijing leader. Mobs tore ...

China’s Top Diplomat Wang Holds Call With Iranian Counterpart

China's foreign minister held phone discussions with his Iranian counterpart, Beijing state media said Tuesday, reporting that Iran said it was "willing to exercise restraint" after its first-ever attack on Israel's territory. Israel has vowed to respond to the unprecedented Iranian missile ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Joint Battlefield Training to Raise Pressure in South China Sea

The U.S. military will reportedly introduce joint combat training with the Philippines in June. Major General Marcus Evans, commander of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, told the Associated Press that the training would increase the Philippine army’s ability to fight in challenging jungle conditions.
The training will run from June 1 to 10. At Manila’s request, the training will be held in Philippine territory for the first time. It will involve about 2,000 people ...

Opposition Figurehead Decries China’s ‘Alarming’ Sway in Solomon Islands

China's growing hold over Pacific nation Solomon Islands is "alarming", a powerful opposition figurehead told AFP Monday ahead of elections that could further entrench Beijing's foothold in the region. Solomon Islands has warmly embraced China under mercurial Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, ...

Chinese Exports Fall More Than Feared in March

Chinese exports plunged more than expected last month, official figures showed Friday, as the world's second-largest economy struggles to sustain its post-pandemic recovery. Shipments sank 7.5 percent on-year, while imports shrank 1.9%, the General Administration of Customs said. ...

China Expresses ‘Deep Concern’ Over Iran Attack on Israel

Beijing expressed "deep concern" on Sunday over Iran's missile and drone attack on Israel, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said. "China expresses deep concern over the current escalation and calls on relevant parties to exercise calm and restraint to prevent further ...

Solomon Islands Readies for Election in Shadow of China’s Influence

By Steven Trask Solomon Islanders will head to the polls this week, voting in an election that promises to bolster or blunt China's regional ambitions, with security consequences that will ripple far beyond the Pacific nation's palm-fringed shores. ...

China Urges U.S. To Play ‘Constructive Role’ in Middle East

China urged the United States to play "a constructive role" in the Middle East on Friday after its top diplomat Wang Yi spoke with his U.S. counterpart Antony Blinken over the phone. Blinken used the call to ask Beijing to use ...
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